Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. Experience the thrill of Blue Man Group in Boston.
Dear Elizabeth follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between real-life poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, both poets laureate of the United States in the late 1940s. Across oceans and continents, over the course of three decades, the two artists found a true marriage of the minds that played out in their many vibrant, witty and passionate letters, which now spring to life in this performance by Concord's Umbrella Center for the Arts. This moving tale of love and longing paints an intimate portrait of two extraordinary -- yet also quite ordinary -- lives, translated for the theater by celebrated playwright Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House).
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off stage -- and this story has made them an international sensation all over again. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" when this smash musical comes to The Bushnell in Hartford.
The year is 1861 in Illinois and Elizabeth Packard has just been deemed insane by her husband. Forced into an insane asylum against her will, Elizabeth must fight for her life while also attempting to change a cruel and unjust institutional system. Inspired by true events, Emily Mann's powerful drama, Mrs. Packard, gives a harrowing account of one's woman strength and resilience. Following a critically acclaimed production of The Libertine in 2013, Bridge Rep and Playhouse Creatures join forces once again to bring Mrs. Packard to the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge.
Brodie, a 40-something linguist, learns that her unborn baby might have a genetic abnormality that would prevent the child from ever learning language. In Madeleine George's irreverent and charming play Precious Little, Brodie's unable to get comfort from her girlfriend and finds it, instead, with the elderly speaker of a vanishing language and a gorilla at the zoo. These unlikely confidants teach her what "communication" really means. Filled with humor, irony and memorable characters, this evocative exploration of beauty and the limits of language comes to the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
One of the premier playwrights of his generation, Tom Stoppard (Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) hilariously dissects Agatha Christie-style locked-room mysteries in The Real Inspector Hound. Drawing on his personal experience as a theater critic, Stoppard weaves a brilliant play within a play, in which two critics reviewing yet another manor house murder story unwittingly become a part of the action. Soon, the walls between reality and fiction begin to blur. It's all pulled off with Stoppard's trademark wit as he examines fate and free will with an absurdist touch in this production at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.
This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows real-life Cambridge astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Presented by Watertown's Flat Earth Theatre, Silent Sky examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them. See it now at the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arsenal Center for the Arts).
A dazzlingly funny romantic comedy from MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner (not to mention Tony Award nominee and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist) Sarah Ruhl, Stage Kiss tells the story of two ex-lovers whose dormant passions for each other reignite when they're cast as a play's romantic leads. Called "a comedy that aims for big laughs and hits its target" by the New York Post, the play finds the stars quickly losing touch with reality as their onstage story begins to mirror their lives offstage. The difference between a stage kiss and a real one becomes hard to distinguish in this charming production at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.