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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.
Alan Ayckbourn is one of England's most prolific playwrights, and he's becoming a favorite in the theaters of America as well. Absurd Person Singular is one of his classics, a wickedly funny play about the changing tides of married life. Three couples host Christmas Eve gatherings in their respective homes over three successive years. Over the course of the parties, relationships change, fortunes soar and dive, and the social kaleidoscope is totally shaken up. Add an off-stage couple whose jokes are really bad, some of the most ingenious failed suicide attempts ever devised and lots of gin, and you've got a comedy with very sharp teeth.
Full of humor and hummable tunes, Winthrop Playmakers presents the massively popular adult puppet musical Avenue Q. It's a hilarious look at life in a New York City neighborhood featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, the girl/monster next door (Kate) and a colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his purpose in life.
In this wild comic farce by renowned British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer (Equus, Amadeus), a desperate sculptor hopes to impress his fiancee's father and a potential patron by "borrowing" a few antiques from his absent neighbor. But his best laid plans go up in smoke after a fuse blows in his apartment, plunging them all into darkness just as the neighbor arrives home. What follows is a hilarious race against time to set things right before the lights come back on.
Wellesley Summer Theatre Company presents Dancing at Lughnasa, Irish playwright Brian Friel's intimate and lyrical portrait of a country and a family at a crossroads. The now-adult narrator of the play recalls the summer when he was seven years old. It was a tough time, but his mother and aunts, the proud Mundy sisters, staved off the hardships of daily life through talk, laughter and dance. Set during the Festival of Lughnasa in the rural Ireland of 1936, the play focuses on the sisters as they welcome home their frail missionary brother from Uganda. His arrival is the first of several events that coincide to burst the Mundy sisters' fragile bubble of happiness forever.
Diane Paulus' glittery disco fantasy The Donkey Show, loosely inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is an immersive theatrical experience. The audience becomes a part of the action as the funky lounge setting, featuring two full bars and a dance floor, also serves as the stage. The Donkey Show's nightclub wonderland was inspired by Studio 54 in its heyday when celebrities and art icons would mix and mingle with kids from Queens. While the audience drinks, dances to disco classics or just observes, the motley crew of characters in this glammed up, sexed up version of the Bard's vision enact the hilariously chaotic tale of a magic elixir that wreaks havoc within the club.
It’s 1988: Hank, Julian and Luann have each finally found the beats and dubs that make the suburbs bearable, but they need each other more than they know. Rap battles and poetry in parking lots lead to dreams of something more, as a DJ takes us to the flipside, loops us into the remix, and breaks it down. Spoken word poet and hip-hop playwright Idris Goodwin MC’s a theatrical coming-of-age mix tape about how we become the people we’re meant to be, flowing and rhyming our way to adulthood.
Winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, In The Heights is a potent reminder of the importance of chasing one’s dreams and finding where you belong. Set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, this exuberant show spices up traditional Broadway fare with hip hop, salsa and rap to tell the stories of the residents of this close-knit Latin community.
Conceived to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the great ship's sinking, New Repertory Theatre's production of Jimmy Titanic stars Colin Hamell (who appeared in New Rep's productions of Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Weir) as Belfast Shipyard worker Jimmy Boylan -- and nearly two dozen other characters -- whose lives were connected to the doomed ocean liner. From his new home in a humorously-rendered heaven, Boylan remembers and relives events surrounding the voyage, transported back in time through dramatic and sometimes comic vignettes. Written by Bernard McMullan, this one-man show has had successful runs in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast, and is soon headed to Ireland.
The sounds of the '50s and '60s have never been sweeter than in Roger Bean's off-Broadway hit, The Marvelous Wonderettes. When four best friends form a girl-group to sing at their high school prom, none of them realize how dramatic and, yes, marvelous, the outcome will prove to be. Travel back to 1958 for the Springfield High School prom as Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy serenade you with gorgeous four-part arrangements of the period's best pop music. Then, after the intermission, jump forward to their 10-year high school reunion as the girls reunite to laugh, bicker and sing the most soulful and jumping tunes of the '60s. Head to the Stoneham Theatre to hear truly wonderful renditions of "Mr. Sandman," "Lollipop," "It's My Party," "Leader of the Pack," "It's in His Kiss," and "Respect."
Whether you're the one who's leaving and breaking hearts or the one left behind and brokenhearted, this bittersweet and funny new show focuses on the feelings triggered by loss. Starring the talented Cabaret Series vocalists, Never Far From Home features a series of new songs by local composers, and an original script by Lydia Diamond. Performers are set to include Cheo Bourne, Jen Ellis, Brian Richard Robinson and Kami Smith. Check out the live music in the lobby before each show and enjoy some free jellybeans.
Tenacity, colorful irreverence and, ultimately, the fierce loyalty of a group of Gloucester women working on the line of a fish processing plant in Gloucester, MA brand this internationally-renowned comedic drama. The ever-present challenges faced by Cape Ann's fishing industry make Horovitz's play as relevant as when it christened the current home of the Gloucester Stage Company in its world premiere in 1986. Gloucester Stage Founding Artistic Director playwright Israel Horovitz reunites with director Robert Walsh and Rockport resident actress Nancy E. Carroll for North Shore Fish. Walsh directed Horovitz's The Widow's Blind Date in 2007 and Fighting Over Beverley in 2010 and Carroll starred in Horovitz's My Old Lady in 2005.
After grad school, Catherine pursued a career as a rockstar feminist academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, each friend covets the other's life. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy takes a deep look at family, career, romance, and the decisions that define a life.
A thrilling hybrid of rock concert and Broadway show, The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream brings the magic of America's classic blue-eyed soul band to Boston Opera House. The show marks the first time that original band members Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli and Gene Cornish have played together since 1970. The show, written by Bruce Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt, features a complete concert performance, including hits "Good Lovin'," "A Beautiful Morning" and "I've Been Lonely Too Long." It also tells the history of the group through archival footage, narration and dramatic film segments. Don't miss this fascinating look at one of rock's biggest acts.
Discover why over 9 million people around the world have seen SHEAR MADNESS, the uproarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime. A mixture of improvisation and up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor, SHEAR MADNESS is delightfully different every time you see it.
Gloucester Stage's 2013 season kicks off with the award winning landmark Broadway musical Spring Awakening directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical on Broadway in 2007, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's energetic reimagining of Frank Wedekind's 1891 German drama by the same name, is not your grandparents' musical theater. With its electrifying and hauntingly beautiful score, Spring Awakening traces the sexual awakening of several youths in an atmosphere of repression. Their journey from adolescence to adulthood is explored with poignancy and passion.
Vagabond Theatre Group presents the world premiere of local playwright Heather Houston's Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension. This extraordinary play is told from the point of view of Tom, a theoretical physicist, who has lost his friend Carmen in a tragic accident. In the year following her death, the relationships of Carmen's friends are strained to the breaking point as memories of her continue to haunt them. In order to save themselves, Carmen's friends must work through their suspicions, grief, anger, and sadness together to answer the question of how she died, bouncing back and forth through time. As they slowly bring the truth to light, each character must reconcile what truly happened with their own version of reality.
Even as the young women working at The Radium Dial Corporation forged friendships and built self esteem, their health was secretly being destroyed. This is the central paradox behind These Shining Lives, the celebrated play by Melanie Marnich (HBO's Big Love), now at the Stoneham Theatre. During the 1920's, some 4,000 women painted watch-faces for The Radium Dial Corporation. For many, it was a rare shot at decent employment in a male-dominated business world. Little did the women know, however, that that the radioactive paint they were using would undermine their health for decades to come. These Shining Lives follows four women who, bonded by their workplace experience and mounting health problems, find the courage to stand up to their employers and demand change. Caitlin Lowans directs a limited engagement of this important and moving play.