Based on the beloved film starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of a spunky 11-year-old girl whose razor-sharp mind just might take her all the way from the Chicago projects to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Now you can experience this spellbinding story at Boston's Wheelock Family Theatre, in a spirited production that celebrates diversity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit. Inspiring, touching, funny and suspenseful in equal doses, Akeelah and the Bee is a must-see for theater-goers of all ages.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, An American in Paris blends director Christopher Wheeldon's Tony Award-winning choreography with show-stopping Gershwin tunes as it tells the romantic post-war tale of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl. The results garnered the stirring new musical four Tony Awards following a Broadway debut that Variety called "an enchanting... and deeply moving experience." Dubbed "A masterpiece!" by The Wall Street Journal, An American in Paris will make you swoon as it comes to Boston for a run at Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre.
Tribute artist Peter Mac, whose portrayals of the late, great Judy Garland have earned him acclaim from audiences and critics alike for over a decade, is renowned for his nuanced glimpses into Garland's complex personality and inner life. Mac's latest show, Becoming Judy: A Coming Out Story, explores homophobia and domestic abuse via the lens of his growing-up years. Mac spent a challenging adolescence in a Long Island town where he suffered physical and verbal abuse from both his classmates and the walking time bomb he called "Dad." Happily, he found solace and joy in the magical charm of Judy Garland's films and music. You'll see Mac's transformation as he steps into the high heels of the legendary diva who gave Mac reason to survive and thrive. So good is Mac, Garland's co-stars Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien commended him for his respectful, stunningly accurate portrayal. Based on Mac's hit off-Broadway show Judy and Me, see Becoming Judy at Boston's Club Cafe.
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.
How does a good man turn toward the unthinkable? In 1930s Germany, Professor John Halder, played by Michael Kaye (Broken Glass, Amadeus, Opus), writes a novel about compassionate euthanasia, drawing the attention of the Nazi Party. Despite his own misgivings and the pleadings of his Jewish friend Maurice, John is tempted by the changing world around him. In this expressionistic play with music, C.P. Taylor poses questions that remain all too familiar in today's political landscape.
It's 1991, and Bill Clinton will soon be sworn into office as the 42nd president of the United States. In Boston, state representative Kevin Murphy -- "Murph" to his friends -- discovers that the president-elect is planning to offer an ambassadorship to the current mayor of Boston, which will set off a political scramble to find his successor. As Murph plots to make a play for the job, his two most loyal staffers, Katie and Gary, weigh the personal costs of this high stakes political gambit. They must also contend with Seth, a savvy and aggressive political consultant hired by Murph to assess his and his team's weaknesses and ferret out any skeletons in their closets. Big ambitions, dark secrets and plenty of spin abound in Murph, coming to the stage at Studio 52 in Allston.
Out on an abandoned pier, on the farthest edge of a rusted and dangerous city, dealers, dreamers and desperadoes gather to perform (and transform) in Polaroid Stories. In ancient myth, the Olympian gods disguised themselves as ants, serpents, shepherds, bulls and even "showers of gold" ... but playwright Naomi Iizuka was the first to suggest that gods could be gutter punks, too. In this masterful mashup of Roman myth and documentary theater, Iizuka blends real-life stories from street-based youth and sex workers with ancient myth in a bold re-imagining of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Take a journey to a dangerous world where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which life is cheap and violence is common. This potent, gripping drama for The Visiting Director's Project (featuring Jacqui Parker, six-time recipient of the Independent Reviewers of New England Award) shows at the Loeb Drama Center in Boston.
The complex relations between words and women get a workout in the New England premiere of the acclaimed off-Broadway play Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. From an awkward dinner date to a family picnic in which knives are used to cut more than watermelon, Alice Birch's series of vignettes tackles current-day gender politics with pointed humor as they deconstruct everyday language to reveal the sexism roiling just beneath. Company One's 18th season gets off to a raucous start with their production of this New York Times Critics' Pick at Boston's Plaza Theatre.
Of all the romantic comedies ever written, those by Jane Austen are not only among the most romantic, but also the most fiercely and originally comic. And you've never seen Austen quite like this before. Her keen sense of humor and deep humanity shine at their brightest in Kate Hamill's playful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, hailed as "the greatest stage adaptation of [Sense and Sensibility] in history" by The Huffington Post. Follow the Dashwood sisters -- practical, reserved Elinor and passionate and romantic Marianne -- as they discover that the course of love, though true, does not always go straight. Forced out of their family home by their father's death, Elinor relies on her common sense, while Marianne falls back on her feelings in dealing with their reduced circumstances. Catch this fresh, humorous and emotional adaptation at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.
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 an 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 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 cast members drink beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sing the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bare 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.
"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.
Nicknamed "The Republican Obama," congressional candidate Julius Lee was born to be a politician. An eloquent speaker, a decorated war veteran and the son of Chinese immigrants, he seems poised to make a big splash in an upcoming Republican race in New York City. But when a former girlfriend threatens to derail his career by exposing the juicy details of a youthful indiscretion, it's up to a political fixer to do whatever it takes to rescue Lee's reputation in the razor-sharp thrills of Warrior Class, from acclaimed writer Kenneth Lin (House of Cards). See this provocative and timely show now at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Presided over by the Hindu god Ganesh, a pair of teenagers become unexpected heroes, an immigrant accountant struggles with visibility and two stifled romantics begin to stumble toward each other during one strangely warm winter in Central Harlem. When January Feels Like Summer follows five colliding lives as a feeling of change hums in the air and the many flavors of desire saturate the streets, Metro stations and bodegas of the city. These characters learn to do more than meet their obstacles head-on -- they discover how to transcend them. Praised by The New York Times as an "engaging, buoyantly acted romantic comedy," When January Feels Like Summer is onstage at Central Square Theater in Cambridge.