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Boston theater productions not to miss this fall

American Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Nora Roberts Theater, The NewRep TheatreSeptember brings back more than students. Most of Boston’s local theater companies also return with new productions and this fall local theater companies have an impressive line up with some productions already underway.

It is great to see traveling Broadway shows and tours that come to Boston, but it is the local theater companies that are the lifeblood of Boston’s theater scene. These companies are so worthy of your patronage so consider attending one or more of these productions this fall. Tickets are affordable and an evening out makes for a great date or night out with friends.

THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER
SIX || August 21 – September 29, 2019
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. All this time, the six wives of Henry VIII have been reduced to a single rhyme—so they picked up a pen and a microphone. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the wives take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. More Info Here.

THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE (at the Calderwood Pavilion)
The Purists || August 30 – September 29, 2019
A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. More Info Here.

THE LYRIC STAGE CO.
Little Shop of Horrors || August 30 – October 6, 2019
This award-winning sci-fi pulp musical about Seymour who haplessly pines after his coworker Audrey. Watch what happens when opportunity falls into his lap in the form of a mysterious, carnivorous, conniving – not to mention singing – plant that promises to fulfill Seymour’s every wish. More Info Here.

CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER
The Crucible || September 12 –  October 13, 2019

1692. Salem, Massachusetts. Mass hysteria has consumed the town after Reverend Samuel Parris’ daughter and other girls have been discovered dancing naked in the woods with whispers of witchcraft running wild. Arthur Miller’s American classic asks the question “in a culture in which power resides in the hands of men – who do you believe?” More Info Here.

SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
Choir Boy || September 13 – October 12, 2019
For fifty years, the elite Charles R. Drew Prep School has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men; its legendary gospel choir an emblem of all it holds true. But for Pharus Young, the opportunity to take his rightful place as the leader of these talented vocalists comes at a price. Can he still earn his place in these hallowed halls and sing in his own key? More Info Here. 

NEWREP THEATRE
Nixon’s Nixon|| September 14 – October 6, 2019
The night before Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the Presidency, he summoned Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to meet with him in the White House. What happened behind those closed doors will never be known, but playwright Russell Lees takes us on a journey through his own interpretation. Reflecting on political events that are strikingly similar to those faced today, Nixon’s Nixon questions whether the American Presidency is truly an office for leadership, or simply an opportunity to hold power. More Info Here.

Donkey Show closes September 7th

Oberon Theater Donkey Show

Donkey Show at the Oberon closes forever on September 7

Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus’ celebrated hit The Donkey Show, has been performed each Saturday night at the Oberon theater for more than a decade but that run will end in a little less than a month on Saturday, September 7th.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Donkey Show,  it is an immersive experience filled with disco music, mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters and hustle queens. Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the audience plays the role of party-goers dancing to 70s disco hits at the storied Studio 54 while the cast of actors play out this classic story and after each show attendees are encouraged to continue dancing at the theater / club.

If you’ve never seen this award winning show, get your tickets before it closes forever on Saturday, September 7th.

Click here for more information and tickets

Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common

Shakespeare in loveThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is currently hosting their annual production of a free William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. The first show started on Wednesday evening. This year’s production of Cymbeline will run through Sunday, August 4th with performances taking place Tuesday–Saturday at 8PM, Sundays at 7PM with the exception of hosting  a 3PM matinee on Saturday, August 3rd.

Be sure to make plans so you can and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare under the stars. on the Boston Common. I’m happy to provide suggestions on where to get bites and beverages to bring with you so you needn’t carry them from home. This makes for a fun night out with friends or a great date with someone special.

Free Shakespeare on the Common

Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM & Sundays at 7PM
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Tea at Five (pre-Broadway run final weeks)

bosarts, boston theaterHead over to the Huntington Theatre to see Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway portray an aging Katharine Hepburn in the pre-Broadway premiere of the acclaimed play Tea at Five!

Ensconced in her Fenwick home, Dunaway depicts a now retired Hepburn reflecting on her turbulent childhood, unlikely rise to stardom and heart-breaking 27 year affair with Spencer Tracy. Don’t miss this legendary actress in an unforgettable performance in Boston.

The show, which opened last month is in its final weeks but a few seats remain. I’ll be checking out this show with the Hollywood icon portraying one of my all-time favorite actresses, Katharine Hepburn later tonight. Have you seen the show? Let me know your thoughts. If not, learn more about the show below.

Tea at Five (pre-Broadway premiere)
Playing now through July 14th
More information & tickets here

Shakespeare on the Common presents Cymbeline

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanyThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will return in less than a month with their annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. This year’s production of Cymbeline will start in approximately three weeks opening on Wednesday, July 17th and running through Sunday, August 4th with performances taking place Tuesday–Saturday at 8PM, Sundays at 7PM with the exception of hosting  a 3PM matinee on Saturday, August 3rd.

Free Shakespeare on the CommonPerformances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM & Sundays at 7PM
Click here for More Information

About Cymbeline: Shakespeare’s mystical dramedy Cymbeline chronicles the fates of King Cymbeline and his family through a journey of deception, intrigue and separation. The king’s daughter Imogen (one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines) is swept into a nearly mythic realm of mistaken identities, twists and turns in the all-consuming quest for true love. According to Wikipedia, the play deals with the themes of innocence and jealousy. While the precise date of composition remains unknown, the play was certainly produced as early as 1611. You can read more about the play and this year’s production here.

Gay Shorts 3 returns to Club Cafe

Open Theatre Project’s  GAY SHORTS is back for its third, featuring an evening of short plays by, for, and with LGTBQ artists from all walks of life.

This year’s  7 short plays explore the in’s and out’s of the LGTBQ experience brought to you by diverse & talented directors, actors, playwrights & crew. who share funny, relevant and irreverent short stories you won’t want to miss.

gay bostonOpen Theatre Project presents Gay Shorts
3rd Annual LGBTQ Play Festival (One Week Only)
May 30 – June 1 at Club Cafe
Purchase Your Tickets Here

Ryan Landry presents The Ebonic Woman

Gold Dust Orphans, fringe theater

Photo by Michael von Redlich

Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans are back for their final run at the Ramrod Performing Arts Centre with The Ebonic Woman, which opens next month. The new musical is a blistering take on race in America and the walls we build around ourselves to keep the status quo.

Tickets for The Ebonic Woman

Be sure to get your tickets for the brief run in Boston from May 2 – 26. For those who don’t live in the area, note that the spring productions typically return and run through the summer in Provincetown so like the Gold Dust Orphan Facebook page to stay up to date on details about this must see musical here in Boston and later this summer in Ptown.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!

bosarts, boston theaterThe international comedy hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!, featuring actor & comedian Peter J. Fogel, will be coming to the Regent Theatre in Arlington from April 24 to May 19, 2019.

One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac, you don’t have to be Jewish or Italian to appreciate this show.  This hilarious one man show is a fusion of theater and stand-up comedy with the actor bringing to life more than 25 different characters.  For more information about the show, click here.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!
April 24 – May 19th at the Regent Theatre in Arlington
Buy Tickets Online or call the Box Office at (781) 646-4747

Don’t Tell Comedy has come to Boston

don't tell comedy, boston, stand up comedyHave you heard? Don’t Tell, a Los Angeles-based organization that hosts “secret” comedy shows in different locations has been hosting events here in Boston with the most recent one happening earlier this month in the South End.

Don’t Tell Comedy: Secret Shows. Secret Locations. BYOB.

Unlike traditional comedy shows, they don’t share the line up nor do they make the precise location known until noon the day of the event. Shows take place in a wide range of locations from private residences to stores around the city and are always BYOB events – so bring a flask. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for a guaranteed seat. Upcoming shows in the Boston area include:

 Newbury Street – Friday, February 1st
Financial District – Friday February 8th
Back Bay – Friday, February 23rd

Intrigued? You can learn more by liking their Facebook Page and or visiting their website at, donttellcomedy.com.

Lyric Stage presents The Wolves

bosarts, boston theater, local theater It is opening night for the Lyric Stage Company’s first production of 2019, The Wolves, an off Broadway hit that first opened in 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer for best drama. The play will run through February 3, 2019 so even if you cannot get to the show this weekend (a limited number of tickets remain available) you can still make plans to see this show.

The play centers on the experiences of a high school girls soccer team who are going through their Saturday morning pre-game warm ups. The play opens with the girls talking about a Cambodian murderer with overlapping dialogue that vacillates between individual conversations and the main topic that they all intermittently comment upon. These side conversations include period gossip, talk of boys, their coach who is hungover and speculations about the “new” girl.

Find time to make plans with friends and see this production. Not only will an evening out for dinner (or drinks) and a show be a great way to pass an evening but it will also support a local theater company that is worthy of your patronage.

The Wolves – Tickets and Show Information

SpeakEasy Stage presents Small Mouth Sounds

boston theater, bosartsIt is opening night for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Small Mouth Sounds, which runs through February 2, 2019. Small Mouth Sounds was a 2015-2016 Off Broadway hit that had two sold out, extended runs in New York City and is now being produced by the SpeakEasy Stage where you can see it at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.

The show includes a cast of seven and runs for one hour and forty minutes without intermission. It takes place in the overwhelming quiet of the woods. Six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat, and as these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, the play captures the unique eloquence of a silent retreat and asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

Find time to make plans with friends and see this production. Not only will an evening out for dinner (or drinks) and a show be a great way to pass an evening but it will also support a local theater company that is worthy of your patronage.

Small Mouth Sounds – Tickets and Show Information

Gold Dust Orphans present A Nightmare on Elf Street

fringe theater, boston theater, bosarts, gold dust orphans, ryan landryRyan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans are back with another hilariously twisted holiday show. This year’s show A Nightmare on Elf Street opens on Thursday, November 29th and will run through Sunday, December 23rd with performances taking place Thursday through Sunday.

Get Your Tickets Today – Here!

Brokelahomo! returns to Boston for two shows

Gold Dust Orphans, Boston fringe theater, boston underground arts scene, Ryan Landry

Brokelahomo plays two shows in Boston before heading to New York City

Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans return to Boston this weekend for two shows of their musical, Brokelahomo. Following the shows, Ryan and his cast will pack up and head to Theatre 80 St. Marks for four shows in New York City.

THE STORY: Brokelahomo is a town in trouble. Overrun by dirty, outlaw gays, the few law abiding citizens left must spend their days dodging bullets, putting out church fires and fearing for their pets lives. That is until a heterosexual is sent for. Enter Dusty Rhodes, the unlikely hero of this far out fable set in the groovy 1880s! Will Dusty clean up the town? Or will the gay cattle rustlers and homo hoodlums head him off at the pass?

BOSTON SHOWS:  Saturday, October  13th at 7:30PM and Sunday, October 14th at 5:00PM at the Ramrod Performing Arts Centre. Buy Your Tickets Here.

NYC SHOWS: The Gold Dust Orphans are set to present four shows of their summer hit, BROKELAHOMO! at Theatre 80 St. Marks (80 St. Marks Place in the East Village of NYC), opening October 19th! Buy Your Tickets Here.

Two thumbs up for SpeakEasy Stage production of Between Riverside and Crazy

bosarts, boston theater, speakeasy stageEarlier this week Sergio and I were able to see the first play for the SpeakEasy Stage 2018/2019 season, Between Riverside and CrazyThe story centers on a retired NYC police cop, “Pops” who lives in a rent controlled apartment on Riverside Drive and has a cast of colorful personalities who bring more than a little drama and humor to the stage.

This play won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama, but I would  consider it more of a dark comedy. Issues like race, addiction and affordable housing are woven into the story, but the writer, Stephen Adly Guirgis, regularly made me laugh by lines delivered by Octavia Chavez-Richmond who plays the character “Lulu”.

Check out this contemporary play and let me know what you think. Performances run through Saturday, October 13th at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston’s South End, and tickets remain available for shows this week.

Between Riverside and Crazy

SpeakEasy Stage presents Between Riverside and Crazy

bosarts, boston theater, speakeasy stageOn Friday, September 14th one of my favorite Boston theater companies, The SpeakEasy Stage, will open their 2018 / 2019 season with the play Between Riverside and Crazy. Tickets remain available for the opening weekend and the 2 hour and 10 minute play will run through Saturday, October 13th.

Between Riverside and Crazy
More Info & Tickets Here

The two hour and ten minute play is a dark urban comedy that explores the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to move on. In an effort to hang on to one of Manhattan’s last great rent-stabilized apartments, ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington does battle with a dazzling array of outlandish characters, each one a celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature. More Info Here.

The SpeakEasy Stage has pulled together a seasoned cast led by Tyrees Allen who’s Broadway credits include Amonasro in the original Broadway Company of Aida, and Westmoreland in the revival of Henry IV at Lincoln Center. The cast also includes Alejandro Simoes, who I had a bit of a crush on when he joined the SpeakEasy Stage in their 2017 spring production of Grand Concourse.

Tickets to Between Riverside and Crazy start at $25, making it a great date option for someone special or just a special night with friends. Show your love for Boston’s arts scene and plan an evening to see this show. Sergio and I will be there Wednesday, September 19th but the production runs through Saturday, October 13th.