Based on one of the most famous pieces of literature of all time, Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is a raucous rock 'n' roll re-telling of the blood-soaked Old English poem. With music by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), the swaggering hero Beowulf defends the great hall of Heorot against the monster Grendel, Grendel's mother, and a fire-breathing dragon...as a panel of academics overanalyzes his every move. With music The New York Times called, "catchy and pop-infused with echoes of Tom Waits," Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is the epic legend seen in a visceral, brutal, and tender new light
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.
Probably the world's most popular opera, brimming with lust, jealousy, drama and even death, Georges Bizet's Carmen revolves around a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy girl who seduces a young corporal named Don José. The naive young man gives up everything for the femme fatale -- he leaves his sweetheart, rebels against his superiors and joins a gang of smugglers. But when Carmen tires of him and moves on to a bullfighter, Don José is driven to exact violent revenge. This provocative co-production with Boston Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera, set in 1970s Spanish North Africa, is produced by acclaimed provocateur Calixto Bieito. The famed score from the French composer features instantly recognizable music like Carmen's "Habanera," "The Toreador Song" and more, while the role of Carmen is played by Jennifer Johnson Cano, who's been hailed by The New York Times for her "attention-grabbing dark mezzo." Experience this fresh, modern version of Carmen, sung in French with English supertitles, at Boston Opera House.
When composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) decided to tackle relationships, marriage and the meaning of love with this show, the results were as epic and sweeping as one would expect. Bobby is a single man celebrating his 35th birthday in the company of his best friends, all of whom want to help him settle down and finally commit to something meaningful. Over the course of dinner, drinks and even a wedding, these characters will reflect on connections and commitments, shedding hysterical and insightful light on modern love. The original 1970 Broadway production of Company received 14 Tony Award nominations, winning six of them -- including Best Musical. See this modern makeover of the musical that includes popular songs like "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive" at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams is widely known for full-length works like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, but he was also a prolific writer of one-act plays. Although they aren't performed often because of their brief runtimes, Williams considered his short plays to be some of his best work, saying, "The peak of my virtuosity was in the one-act plays. Some of which are like firecrackers on a rope." In Eight by Tenn at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage opens their 16th season by presenting eight short plays written by the master dramatist: The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto-Da-Fe, This Property is Condemned, Something Unspoken, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, The Unsatisfactory Supper, and The One Exception.
The simply fabulous little girl whose choice of wardrobe leans towards feather boas, fairy wings and fuzzy slippers, Fancy Nancy stars in her very own fun-filled musical for kids, complete with great songs, clever lyrics and valuable lessons. After a sold-out run at Arlington's Regent Theatre, Boston Children's Theatre brings this sparkling production to The Larcom Theatre. Based on the best-selling children's books by Jane O'Connor, Fancy Nancy the Musical follows the always-posh Nancy and her friends as they prepare for their very first school recital. Nancy is positive that she'll be selected for the lead. But when another girl wins the coveted role, Nancy's stuck playing a dreary tree. But no matter, she's determined to bring some of her signature ooh-la-la to the mundane role.
As a recipe for non-stop laughs, it's hard to top the winning concoction of slamming doors, mistaken identities and $6 million in diamonds, not to mention a corpse in a wheelchair. Fortunately, all of those ingredients and more are mixed into Lucky Stiff, a musical soufflé that will no doubt leave you comically satisfied. The story revolves around an unassuming shoe salesman who's forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. If he succeeds in passing his uncle off as alive, he stands to inherit millions. If he gets caught, the money will be donated to charity -- or land in the hands of the casino owner's gun-toting wife. Written by Tony Award-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), this musical-murder mystery-farce takes the stage at the Stoneham Theatre.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist from playwright Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black), this touching drama tells a compelling story of memory, loss and love, exploring uncharted theatrical terrain in its tale of Marjorie, a clever 85-year-old woman who finds that her memory is failing. Residing in an assisted living facility, Marjorie enjoys frequent visits from her anxious daughter and kind son-in-law, as well as a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago -- an experimental attempt to help reverse Marjorie's decline. Told through a series of shifting realities, this Central Square Theater production of Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of memory and reality in an age of artificial intelligence.
The A.R.T. brings the Abbey Theatre's acclaimed production of The Plough and the Stars to Boston at the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. As revolution sweeps Ireland, the residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that erupts through the city's streets. Sean O'Casey - one of Ireland's most renowned and controversial playwrights - captures a conflict between idealism and ordinary lives. Celebrating a century of the Irish nation state, this production by Ireland's national theater, directed by Olivier Award-winning Sean Holmes, will bring a new perspective to O'Casey's absorbing play.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the Apple family gathers to celebrate the life of an ailing relative: talking, eating, laughing, and singing. This slice-of-life snapshot shows how our family histories can intersect with the history of our country. Featuring the same cast of Boston-area favorites that audiences have adored in the first three Apple Family plays, Regular Singing is the triumphant conclusion to Richard Nelson's American epic.
There has never been a better time for The Return to Morality, a provocative comedy about the ways in which political attitudes can be radically altered by the media. After writing a bestselling treatise on how tweets and soundbites have turned political discourse into a culture of rage, left-leaning author Arthur finds himself a hero to the extreme right, who don't see it as satire. Playing the part to the hilt, Arthur transforms into the angry demagogue his new fans expect, a journey that takes him all the way to the Republican National Convention. But what will he lose along the way? Find out as The Return to Morality comes to Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
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.
The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage, as does a plethora of pubescent angst and awkwardness, in this hit musical comedy about six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)," and the hard-fought contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tonys in its original run, winning for Best Book. Find out why as it comes to the Arlington Friends of the Drama theater in this fun-filled production complete with audience participation.
It's the Roaring '20s and Queenie, a vaudeville siren, has grown tired and resentful of her relationship with Burrs, a clown. To get back into the swing of things (and to get back at the violent Burrs), she decides to throw a party. But as their friends start to tumble in and the booze flows freely, the decadent evening turns increasingly dark and deadly. Written by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), The Wild Party captures the verve and violence of the Jazz Age. See this bold and provocative show now at the Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.