Montreal circus troupe 7 Fingers will make your jaw drop with their ability to blend uncanny feats of acrobatics with avant-garde detours in dance, comedy and narrative that plumb the depths of the human spirit. The 7 Fingers are returning after wowing audiences with last summer's Cuisine & Confessions. In their new show Reversible, a U.S. premiere, eight astonishingly talented performers mix theater, movement and music into vignettes exploring the histories of their own families. Moments of sublime grace yield to rushes of pure adrenaline as the ensemble travels through time and space on an epic journey of beauty, emotion and hope. Catch this groundbreaking act as they return to Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 6:00pm
Meet the sweet, trashy and slightly hot Kathy, the newly widowed owner of a hardware store. Kathy hasn't quite been herself lately ... Not only did she yarn bomb the family hardware store (which, if it were a craft store, would have been FANTASTIC), she also gave it away to a complete stranger. Needless to say, her big mouthed-college-age daughter is just a tad PO'd, and she wants the store back. Alligator Road is a new comedic and heartfelt play from Callie Kimball showing at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham that'll explore family dynamics and entitlement.
Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
Cameron Mackintosh's exciting new tour of The Phantom of the Opera brings the dramatic doomed love triangle to the Boston Opera House. Described by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," the latest edition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece offers bold new staging with original costumes, fresh choreography and exciting special effects (including the legendary chandelier) -- plus a soaring score filled with memorable songs like "Masquerade," "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You." Mackintosh is known for producing sensational musical hits like Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins and Les Misérables (both the live show and the 2012 Oscar-nominated film), but Phantom might just be his best work ever. It's certainly the biggest -- with a cast and orchestra of 52, this Phantom is one of the largest musical productions currently on tour.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 6:30pmTuesday September 26, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this classic at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Cameron Mackintosh presents the all-new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production is leaving audiences and critics alike awestruck. Be sure to see it when it comes to the stage at Providence Performing Arts Center this fall.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 6:30pmTuesday September 26, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can alter the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne's Olivier-nominated hit Constellations is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raved, "Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible -- and so emotionally devastating?" Ponder the show's big questions about the differences between choice and destiny when Constellations comes to Cambridge's Central Square Theater, directed by six-time Elliot Norton Award winner Scott Edmiston.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pm
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, where an entirely serious Shakespeare play is performed with one entirely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the UK, and the cast is now bringing the good time to Boston. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head over to The Rockwell for a drunken twist on Romeo and Juliet, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pm
Set in a local hair salon, Shear Madness is a hilarious whodunit with you as a central character and jokes and lines as up-to-date as the morning's news. When the beauty parlor's landlady is murdered at the outset, a blend of mystery and improvisational theater ensues, with audience members called upon to make sense of the clues, question the actors and ultimately solve the crime. This award-winning Boston institution, ongoing at the Charles Playhouse since 1980, boasts new clues and ripped-from-the-headlines humor every night, resulting in rollicking repeat visits, and has spawned 50 different productions in cities as far-flung as Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Melbourne and Johannesburg.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 7:00pmTuesday September 26, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
Faceless finds 18-year-old Susie Glenn on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim Claire Fathi has been brought on the case to prosecute. Though pitted against one another in the courtroom, the two young women are fighting a similar battle to defend their morals, motives and religious freedoms in this riveting drama. Award-winning playwright Selina Fillinger's timely play makes its New England premiere at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 4:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, famous for such classics as The Scarlett Letter and House of Seven Gables, was a Salem native, born on July 4, 1804. This one-man play delves into the life and loves of the noted author, which inspired his stories. Although he asked his friends and family to destroy all personal correspondences with him upon his death, many of those letters survived, providing a revealing portrait of the man behind the name. Actor Bob Gautreau (HBO and America's Got Talent) takes you on a romantic and comical journey of the author's life.
From the beating drums to the splashing paint to the sensory surprises at every turn, the Blue Man Group experience is wildly intense and totally unique. The show combines comedy, music and technology -- but no words -- to create a pulsing rhythm that unites people of all ages, languages and cultures in a spirit of joy. Reviewers describe it as "visually stunning," "wildly inventive," and "hysterically funny" -- and audiences often come away speechless, with huge smiles on their faces. An international sensation, the Blue Man Group has made themselves a longtime home at Boston's Charles Playhouse, nestled in the heart of the Theater District, just steps from Boston Common.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Cameron Mackintosh presents the all-new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production is leaving audiences and critics alike awestruck. Be sure to see it when it comes to the stage at The Bushnell in Hartford.
Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm
In the late-'70s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. Well, that play never came to be, and those hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages. Until now. Utilizing those never-before-heard conversations between two American icons, this world premiere production of WARHOLCAPOTE is staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer and presented by American Repertory Theater.
Tuesday September 26, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
Enjoy the old-timey charm of '30s movie musicals during Dames at Sea, an affectionate parody of the gloriously over-the-top song-and-dance productions of that era. The story follows Ruby, a sweet small-town girl with stars in her eyes, who goes to the Big Apple to chase her dream of making it big on Broadway. Once she arrives, she falls in love with Dick, a songwriting sailor who makes for a great duet partner -- but will Mona, a temperamental Broadway diva, stand in their way? Don't miss this gem of a show, coming to the Boston area's Stoneham Theatre, as it shines with glittering nostalgia, spectacular choreography and showstoppers like "Broadway Baby," "Good Times Are Here to Stay" and "It's You."
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pm
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, which combines an entirely serious Shakespeare play with one completely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast is bringing the good time to Boston. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head down to Laugh Boston for Much Ado About Nothing, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
Come on down to Providence Performing Arts Center and experience all the fun and excitement felt at a live taping of the perennial favorite The Price Is Right. This hit interactive stage show recreates the longest-running game show in TV history, pulling contestants right out of the audience and giving them the chance to win new cars, vacations, appliances and more by playing some very recognizable games. From Plinko and Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel and the fabulous Showcase, The Price Is Right Live! plays out exactly like the TV show and has given away millions of dollars in cash and prizes to people just like you.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pm (Doors open at 3:00pm)
Memoirs of a Geisha meets Slumdog Millionaire in actress Dipti Mehta's acclaimed solo show Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan. Visit India's red light district where we meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home. This intriguing and poignant story at Beverly's Larcom Theatre looks at the dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist. The coming-of-age story about a girl in a brothel also raises funds for ApneAap, an organization dedicated to ending the sex trade in India.
In Disgraced, idle dinner party chit-chat explodes into the kind of rollicking, no-holds-barred argument that makes for truly delicious theater. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and also a Tony nominee for Best Play, this fascinating, powerful drama centers on a Pakistani-American lawyer who hosts a dinner party for a black co-worker and her Jewish husband, but what starts out as civil conversation quickly erupts into a volatile argument over race, religion and more. Now The Umbrella Annex brings this blistering Broadway hit -- written by actor-playwright Ayad Akhtar (the Milwaukee native who co-wrote and starred in the award-winning 2005 film The War Within) -- to Concord.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 3:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 3:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
The disco-fueled interactive dance party known as The Donkey Show, very loosely inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, puts you smack in the middle of the action in a funky Cambridge lounge setting. Featuring two full bars and a dance floor, OBERON's Diane Paulus-created wonderland was inspired by Studio 54 in its heyday, when celebrities and art icons would mix and mingle with kids from Queens, and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack would be shaking the speakers. While you -- and the rest of the audience -- drink, dance to disco classics or just check out the action, the motley crew of characters in this glammed-up, sex-fueled version of Shakespeare's play re-enact the hilariously chaotic tale of a magic elixir that wreaks havoc at the nightclub. But it's mostly just a cool boogie-filled bash.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 10:30PMSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 10:30PMSaturday October 7, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:30pm
From the darkly comic mind of award-winning playwright Aaron Loeb (Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party) comes Ideation, a psychological thriller that tracks a group of corporate consultants hired to come together and work on a mysterious project for an unnamed client. But the more they explore, the more they realize they're being forced to traverse some very shaky moral ground. The line between right and wrong gets blurrier with every twist and revelation in this award-winning play coming to the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm
An electrifying rock score and a colorful cast of characters provide the highlights to Hair, as does the show's timeless story of a young generation looking to change the world. This Tony-winning musical also boasts great tunes like "Aquarius," "Good Morning, Starshine," "Let the Sun Shine In," and "Easy To Be Hard," as well as an affectionate look at a peace-loving band of hippies, who search for life's answers amidst the turbulent Vietnam War era of the '60s. This groundbreaking show's revolutionary depiction of the era's cultural and sexual revolution, including onstage nudity, continues to strike a chord with audiences some 50 years after its original Broadway debut. Check it out at the Club Cafe in Boston's Back Bay, with a full bar offering drinks for purchase during the show.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 3:00pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 3:00pm
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this Footlight Club production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Eliot Hall in Jamaica Plain weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Real-life best buds Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart star in this National Theatre Live screening of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, broadcast in HD from Wyndham's Theatre in London to Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Screening Room. Fresh from a hit run on Broadway, the duo plays a pair of aging writers who meet in a pub and embark on a night of storytelling and drinking. But the evening takes an interesting and possibly sinister turn when two younger men join the party. Relationships are exposed, with menace and hilarity, in one of Pinter's most entertaining plays.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 1:00pm
In Michael Gaucher's new drag parody, The Little Mermaid's Ariel is back on stage spilling the tea about Eric -- the man she thought she loved -- and Ursula, the sea hag who ruined her life. Ariel is now older, wiser and she doesn't have a single f#*k left to give! This loving tribute is for all those women and girls who thought life would be like the Disney Princesses' ... but found out that it's usually more like The Simpsons. Laugh-out-loud funny, charming and thought provoking, The Menopausal Mermaid features fabulous costumes, delightful drag, yummy dancing mermen and songs that span the diva repertoire. Enjoy full table and bar service when the show comes to Club Cafe's Moonshine Room.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 3:00pm
Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they've won the starring roles in the new school musical -- a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they're acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium from Boston Children's Theatre, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they're being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 12:00pm (Doors Open at 11:30am)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 11:00am (Doors Open at 10:30am)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 1:00pm (Doors Open at 12:30pm)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 12:00pm (Doors Open at 11:30am)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pm (Doors Open at 1:30pm)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 11:00am (Doors Open at 10:30am)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pm (Doors Open at 12:30pm)Thursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Audiences loved the long-running NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, tuning in weekly to laugh at the bawdy antics and hilarious quips of geriatric roomies Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. Now, you can be a live audience member as this affectionate stage-show drag parody, starring its original cast, returns from a series of shows in New York and Las Vegas to play just two shows at Boston's Club Café. This all-male cast portrays the silver-haired ladies live on stage as if they'd never left their Miami home -- in fact, they're so good in their roles, Betty White herself told Ellen Degeneres "They play them better than we did!"
Thursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open for Dinner at 6:30pm)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open for Dinner at 6:30pm)
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, which combines an entirely serious Shakespeare play with one completely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast is bringing the good time to Austin. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head down to The Rockwell near Boston for The Taming of the Shrew, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
Wednesday October 11, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors at 7:15pm)Thursday October 12, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Friday October 13, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 6:00pm (Doors at 5:15pm)Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Friday October 20, 2017 / 10:00pm (Doors at 9:15pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:15pm)
Sheila and Thomas were born, raised and are still living in a small fishing town on the New England coast. This darkly comic play explores how the two middle-aged siblings' lives are intertwined and examines the ways in which family members' needs and desires may push the boundaries of what we are expected to do for others. Ponder what we owe to the people who know and love us best when Flight of the Monarch makes its world premiere at Gloucester Stage.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pmTuesday September 26, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a slew of self-obsessed performers desperately trying to keep things from falling apart -- it's the winning formula for king of the farce Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). In this fast-paced comedy set in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage struggle to keep their repertory ensemble together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see them perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly (and hilariously) wrong. Catch Moon Over Buffalo at the Quannapowitt Players Theater in Reading.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
Take an exhilarating journey to picturesque Italy during the breezy musical The Light in the Piazza, which captured six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score. When the dashing young Fabrizio captures Clara Johnson's heart, her mother struggles with the secret she's been keeping about her beautiful offspring and the question of how it will affect the developing romance. Adapted from the novella by Elizabeth Spencer with a score by Adam Guettel (grandson of composer Richard Rogers), this delightful show will have you saying "that's amore" as you fall in love with some of musical theater's most endearing characters. Be swept up in the heady rush of young love at Arlington Friends of the Drama.
Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 4:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pm
Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Munich, Lincoln) set this 1985 drama in early-1930s Germany, where a bohemian actress and her friends try to grapple with the implications of Hitler's rise to power. A Bright Room Called Day also intersperses scenes of an American woman living in 1980s New York, who's dealing with a similar set of concerns about Ronald Reagan and the rise of conservatism. The Flat Earth Theatre brings this ever-timely work about citizenship, resistance and complicity to Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmMonday October 2, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 8:00pm
Shakespeare's famous tragedy comes to North Andover in a new, high-voltage production starring some of London and New York's hottest, young professionals. It is a story of murder, phantasms, love, and retribution as a troubled prince seeks revenge for the death of his father. Aquila Theater Company, one of the best classical stage companies in the US, presents this new production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet at Rogers Center for the Arts.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm
"New York's sexiest literary event" (Time Out New York) slinks its way to Boston with a bona fide American poetry icon: former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky. But this ain't your mama's MFA poetry reading. Inspired by the fin-de-siècle bordellos in Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel is a uniquely immersive experience that takes poetry outside the classroom and plants it in the lush interiors of a bordello, with a rotating cast of poets-in-character who share their work in "spontaneous eruptions of poetry." Of course, any true brothel needs a good cover: The Poetry Brothel's is an immersive cabaret, offering live jazz, burlesque dancers, painters and fortunetellers. This premiere event at OBERON in Cambridge will feature some of New York's favorite performers (including burlesque beauty Ginny Nightshade and aerialists The Lost Boys of Circus Solaris), along with guest readers Robert Pinsky and Steph Burt.
Daniel Tiger's famous red trolley is making a stop in your neighborhood for an all-new musical adventure that brings the award-winning PBS Kids' TV series to colorful life. Inspired by Mr. Rogers' legacy, the show follows the young feline and his playful pals as they explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, having fun and learning "grr-ific" lessons about friendship, sharing, helping others and much more. This colorful, interactive stage production at The Palace Stamford is designed to entertain preschoolers with plenty of singing, dancing and patented #BeMyNeighbor fun.
Iconic star of stage and screen Judy Garland comes alive when acclaimed tribute artist Peter Mac steps into her ruby slippers. For decades, Mac, a self-described "male actress," has been performing his seriously fun and loving Judy Garland Live in Concert shows to critical acclaim, renowned for his dead-on renditions of Garland standards as well as for his bringing a nuanced glimpse to her complex personality and inner life. In fact, he was awarded the 2012 Southern California Motion Picture Council Golden Halo Award by Garland's co-stars Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien for his respectful, stunningly accurate portrayal. In Mac's latest show, 95 Years of Magic, A Birthday Celebration, Garland reminisces about her storied life, from Hollywood's golden age to her comeback concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Palace and her friendship with JFK. And you never know what Hollywood legends will drop by, so settle in for this intimate cabaret concert at Club Café in Boston.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner's Homebody was coincidentally produced at a crucially relevant moment in U.S. history -- "I didn't imagine, when I was working on the play, that by the time we produced it, the United States would be at war with Afghanistan," he recalls. And so we follow the story of a lonely and overmedicated Englishwoman, whose infatuation with the history and culture of Afghanistan leads to her own travels through the country herself. Upon arrival, however, she learns there's more to understanding a culture than simply reading about it in books. Deemed by The Boston Globe as "a small gem," this production at The Community House near Boston stars theater genius Debra Wise.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 3:00 pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 4:00pm
Experience the excitement of developing a new work for the theater when the Community House in Hamilton presents an equity staged reading of Barn Sale. A gifted actress looks back at her long life, from her Depression-era youth right up till today, recalling marriage, kids, a divorce and the pursuit of a deferred dream, as she prepares to sell items from her past. This biographical play is based on the real-life story of the mother of Black Box Lab's own Patricia Peterson Jamison.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) and Nathan Lane (The Producers) lead the cast of Angels in America II: Perestroika, to be shown in HD at Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Screening Room as part of the National Theatre Live broadcast series. The powerful second part of Tony Kushner's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning epic is set in Reagan-Era New York City, among a colorful array of characters who confront the AIDS crisis along with questions of love, life and the afterlife. Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass) co-star.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 1:00pm
Halloween approaches and there's something spooky in the air ... waves. Tune in (in person!) for some ghastly fun when the Post-Meridian Radio Players present the latest edition of their annual show, Tomes of Terror: Lenore! This frightful fall fave is a "thrill-pack" of three stories of horror, madness and out-and-out weirdness that'll give you a permanent case of the willies. Let your imagination get the better of you during this very special production performed in the style of the Golden Age of radio, with actors in front of microphones and sound effects created live on stage. As a special treat, the night will also feature a live reading of Poe's hauntingly beautiful poem "Lenore."
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
Set in medieval times, this bawdy black comedy centers on a rag-tag group of financially irresponsible French monks whose patron saint seems to have deserted them. Desperate for a way to save their monastery from economic ruin, the monks appear to be rescued when a cunning, one-eyed traveling minstrel teaches them an outrageous new way to fill their coffers. In crafting this clever comedy, award-winning playwright Michael Hollinger (Opus) drew inspiration from the true exploits of two feuding French monasteries in the 9th century and the widespread practice of buying, selling, stealing and faking holy relics in the early days of Christianity, when souvenirs from the saints were big business. Enjoy this Burlington Players production of Incorruptible at the Park Playhouse.
Monologuist and humorist James Judd, headliner of NPR's Snap Judgment, has accidentally ended up in a whorehouse in China while working as a banned journalist and is a former patient -- and current pen pal -- of sham Manhattan dermatologist-turned-Attica prisoner Dean Faiello. Often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde, Judd shares stories classified as "spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures." But they affirm that part of being human is telling the stories that have happened to us, emphasizing that even in the face of failure, it's getting up and moving forward that matters. Catch Judd at Fishermen Hall in Provincetown.
Lucifer and Hades take on the Archangel Michael, with Greek goddess Persephone caught in the middle, in the world premiere of this farcical comic opera. Created by Cerise Lim Jacobs, whose Madame White Snake won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music, REV. 23 imagines what would happen if St. John the Divine added another chapter to the Book of Revelation. Paradise-on-Earth flourishes, while Lucifer and Hades have been banished to the bottomless pits of Hell. But they've got a plan to restore balance to the world -- and it's not entirely clear who the good guys are. Experience this exciting new work, composed by Julian Wachner, at Boston's Back Bay Events Center.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 3:00pm
The latest play from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake finds two very different strangers thrown together and struggling to connect. Poignant and comedic, Lost Lake follows Veronica, who leaves the rat race of the city to take her kids on a vacation at a lake. But the place turns out to be not exactly what she had in mind -- especially when she meets Hogan, the disheveled property owner with problems of his own. Gradually, these two strangers form an unlikely bond in their shared loneliness. Daisy Walker (assistant director on Broadway's Jersey Boys) directs this production at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 7:00pm
Paul "H.R." Hudson, also known as Joseph I, was the legendary lead singer and frontman of Bad Brains. His explosive live performances helped pioneer hardcore punk while delivering an enlightening message of positive mental attitude. H.R.'s heavy devotion to the Rastafarian faith guided him in a spiritual direction, causing him to leave the band several times to explore his love for reggae music. Over the years, H.R.'s increasingly unpredictable and abnormal behavior has many convinced that he is suffering from mental illness. Finding Joseph I illustrates the real story behind the legendary singer's life, career and struggles. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, photography and exclusive interviews, Finding Joseph I makes its way to The Regent Theatre in Arlington.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 9:30pm
Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie "Cool" Jones is lured back from Paris by his old flame Babs with the promise of ownership in Mitzy's Jazz Kitchen, but Cool's inner demons compete with his ambitions as he tries to make sense of his life. Cliff Odle's new play Lost Tempo at Boston's Odyssey Theatre is a jazz riff on the addictions from which we all suffer, musical and otherwise.
Sunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pm
Putting her own spin on the national motto of France, "Liberte, Egalite, Sororite," Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Lauren Gunderson has penned yet another stellar tale of women in history. Join playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Haitian activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette as they conspire to avoid literally losing their heads during the insanity of the Reign of Terror. The Revolutionists is an irreverent, fantastical comedy that examines feminism, extremism, art, and how we actually go about changing the world. See The Nora Theatre Company's staging of the show at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pmMonday October 23, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pm