One month from today the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will open their nearly 3 week run of free Shakespeare on the Boston Common. This year’s production will feature one of the Bard’s comedies: Love’s Labour’s Lost. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Directed by Steven Maler
July 20 – August 7, 2016
FREE and open to the public
I will write more about the free performances later this summer. Please plan on coming down to the Boston Common one night with friends or maybe a special friend to enjoy the production directed by Steven Maler and the excellent cast.
Are you looking for something fun to do next weekend? Join The Welcoming Committee when they head back to the Oberon Theater for a takeover of The Donkey Show.
Unfamiliar with The Donkey Show? It is a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and is a long-running glitter-filled show hosted at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square. The show is an absolute blast. Sergio and I joined TWC back in 2013 and I still smile when I think about all the fun we had. This annual TWC event always sells out so take advantage of their limited number of discounted tickets ($5 off the public price). For more information about the program and how to get your discounted tickets, visit TWC’s event page, Donkey Show Takeover.
The talented Todrick Hall is bringing his handsome, talented cast to Boston later this summer to perform his new show, Straight Outta Oz, at The Wilbur on Wednesday, August 3rd. Tickets went on sale earlier this month so if you are a fan, get tickets while they last: Todrick Hall – Straight Outta Oz.
There are plenty of entertainment options for you to consider in Ogunquit. However, the epicenter of performing arts is at the Ogunquit Playhouse, which has a fantastic season of scheduled plays and musicals. If you are planning a trip to Ogunquit, consider getting tickets to a play one night.
June 15 – July 9 Anything Goes is a saucy musical you’ll love.
July 13 – Aug 6 The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic love story.
Aug 10 – Sept 3 Priscilla Queen of the Dessert is a campy classic.
Mainestreet also hosts a series of shows that are worth seeing if spending an evening in a theater isn’t quite your thing and you would prefer a good laugh.
May 28 – 29 see Hedda Lettuce Live at Mainestreet.
June 17th see Varla Jean Merman perform Big Black Hole.
June 25 – 26 see Miss Richfield 1981 Red Lips to the White House.
More shows will be announced soon so be sure to check Mainestreet website.
The Huntington Theatre world premiere, I Was Most Alive with You, opens next week at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End. The new play centers on a gay, deaf man who undergoes a series of severe life reversals.
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
Craig Lucas who wrote and is directing the production also wrote librettos to the current hit Broadway musical An American in Paris and to Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza; his list of plays includes Prelude to a Kiss, Blue Window and Reckless. Award-winning deaf actor Russell Harvard ( Spring Awakening on Broadway) will play the lead role of Knox.
Tickets can be ordered online (see the link above) by phone at (617) 266-0800 or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office in the South End.
The next couple of months will have some interesting acts visiting Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. Some of the acts that caught my attention are listed below. The links I’ve provided are presale and not widely available to the public for a limited time but these shows will sell out so if you are interested get’em now.
Thursday, June 2 – Sarah Silveman 7:30 p.m. brings this New England comedian back home for one show only.
Friday, August 5 – The Thunder from Down Under 10:30 p.m. is there really any need to elaborate on this one?
Saturday, August 20 – Michael Carbonaro 7:00 p.m. bring the “Carbonaro Effect” to Boston for one show only.
Saturday, August 27 – Bill Maher 7:00 p.m. will entertain you with his skewering remarks about the trainwreck better known as the Presidential campaign.
Ryan Landry and his band of misfit actors, The Gold Dust Orphans, present a brand new musical adventure based on “The Miracle Worker” and “Gypsy”.
The full name of the musical is, “LEGALLY BLIND – The Helen Keller Musical” Based on two classic pieces of American theatre, William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Gypsy”, “LEGALLY BLIND – The Helen Keller Musical” gleefully follows the musical misadventures of one Annie Sullivan, (Ryan Landry) and her physically challenged yet remarkably gifted student, Helen (Jessica Barstis) as they wind their way along the ever changing landscape of adult entertainment through song, dance and plenty of laughs.
Tickets are currently on sale for the limited run which opens on Thursday, April 21st. For more information and to purchase tickets online link here.