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True West Aug 17 - Sep 8, 2018  
Gloucester Stage (a.k.a. Gorton Theatre) True West
 
A true American classic exploring the alternatives that spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape, Sam Shepard's True West follows estranged brothers Lee and Austin as they meet up in their mother's suburban home. Austin's there to work on his latest screenplay, while Lee drops in to scour the surrounding houses for valuable appliances to pilfer. Instead, Lee steals the thunder from his brother, pitching his own story to Austin's producer and setting off a darkly-humored rivalry that results in some surprising admissions. Watch the internal revolutions of the two brothers unfold on the Gloucester Stage with direction by Joe Short.
 
   
We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History Aug 26  
Faneuil Hall We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History
 
We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History is a powerful musical that tells of the struggles and triumphs women have undergone to get their basic rights in America. A high school student has a history project to figure out who has done the most for women of today, and she learns the answer from the women who were there. With catchy musical numbers and a dash of comic relief, this highly entertaining and educational musical is a must see for teens and adults. In a time when rights are being questioned, We Did It For You! shines important light on significant issues. Enjoy this empowering musical at Boston's Faneuil Hall.
 
   
Kiss of the Spider Woman Aug 31 - Oct 7, 2018  
Lyric Stage Company of Boston Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Fantasy and reality become tangled in a dark web in this smash musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the songwriting team that penned Chicago and Cabaret. Kiss of the Spider Woman was the winner of seven Tony Awards in 1993, including Best Musical. It's the story of two cellmates in a Latin American prison -- Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser. Molina survives his jailers' torture and humiliation by escaping to a fantasy world filled with the movies he loved as a child, conjuring a beautiful and beguiling screen enchantress named Aurora as his imaginary diva. As the relationship between Valentin and Molina becomes increasingly more complicated, so too do Molina's over-the-top fantasies, which begin encroaching upon -- and threatening to overtake -- his real life. Penned by four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, this powerful story comes to life at the Lyric Stage Company in Boston.
 
   
Truth Values Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2018  
Central Square Theater Truth Values
 
Catalyst Collaborative@MIT presents Gioia De Cari's hit solo show about her experiences in the exotic boys club of higher mathematics at M.I.T., including being pawed by nerds, asked to serve cookies at a seminar and retaliating with fashion experiments. Playing more than 30 roles herself, De Cari not only taps into the comic absurdity of her experiences, but also more seriously explores the world of elite mathematics and the role of women in science.
 
   
The Agitators Sep 14 - Oct 7, 2018  
Gloucester Stage (a.k.a. Gorton Theatre) The Agitators
 
The Agitators reveals the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. But also, at times, great adversaries. The famous abolitionists met as idealistic youngsters in the 1840s, when they were full of hopes, dreams, and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided, and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship -- from its beginnings, through a Civil War, and to the highest halls of government. These two great souls agitated the nation, agitated each other and helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history. Experience the history as these two monumental icons come alive at Gloucester Stage.
 
   
Vicuna Sep 14 - Oct 6, 2018  
Zeitgeist Stage Company at Boston Center for the Arts Vicuna
 
In today's political climate, where image seems to be everything, it's an interesting question: Does the right suit have the power to clinch the presidency? This savvy satire by Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities) examines the roles of an Iranian tailor and his apprentice as confidants and image-makers to a very unusual client: a blustering real-estate tycoon and reality TV star who's become the unlikely presidential nominee of a major political party and who happens to be looking for the perfect custom suit to wear in the final debate against an unnamed female opponent. Vicuña premiered prior to the 2016 election, but this sharp-witted comedy remains all too timely and is tailor made for anyone looking for a much-needed laugh. See this Zeitgeist Stage production at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Black Box theater.
 
   
Hamilton Sep 18 - Nov 18, 2018  
Boston Opera House Hamilton
 
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
 
   
Frankenstein Oct 4 - Nov 4, 2018  
Central Square Theater Frankenstein
 
In 18th-century Europe, Dr. Victor Frankenstein's creation -- the Creature, childlike in his innocence -- is cast out into society by his horror-struck maker. As he learns to survive and master the highest of human skills, he searches for his creator to make a deal. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic gothic tale that helped create the science-fiction genre, Frankenstein brings urgent concerns about scientific responsibility and the nature of good and evil to the stage at Boston's Central Square Theater via this Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Production. Content warning: Nudity. Sexual content. Violence.
 
   
My Station In Life Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2018  
Gloucester Stage (a.k.a. Gorton Theatre) My Station In Life
 
What's the difference between selling and selling out? From the rubble of his studio dungeon, the last standing single-handed radio operator in the country broadcasts commercial-free classical music from Gloucester, to the town that loves and endures his peculiar presence. This local lore legend comes to life in My Station in Life at Gloucester Stage through Ken Baltin with direction by Robert Walsh.
 
   
The Peculiar Patriot Oct 17 - Oct 28, 2018  
Paramount Center The Peculiar Patriot
 
Inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations, including on the notorious Riker's Island, Liza Jessie Peterson's timely and urgent one-person show unpacks the human impact of mass incarceration in America. Fearlessly funny, smart and provocative, The Peculiar Patriot traces the migration of systemic injustice from the plantation to the prison yard. Betsy LaQuanda Ross, Liza's narrator, is a self-proclaimed "peculiar patriot" who makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. Betsy is both victim and victor of this country's prison system and her story turns statistics into achingly relatable stories, drawn from the experience of more than 2.5 million people behind bars. Make sure to see The Peculiar Patriot at the Emerson Paramount Center's Jackie Liebergott Black Box in Boston.
 
   
The Roommate Oct 19 - Nov 18, 2018  
Lyric Stage Company of Boston The Roommate
 
Though they're both in their mid-50s, Sharon and Robyn make an unlikely pair of roommates, much less friends -- Sharon's a staid Midwestern divorcee, who's happy to ante up her personal info, while her new renter Robyn's a hard-edged vegan from the Bronx, who plays her cards close to the vest. But when The Roommate finally does show her hand, revealing some shocking secrets, it spurs a surprising reaction in Sharon, proving it's never too late to take a chance on changing your life. Check it out at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
 
   
Measure for Measure Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2018  
Cutler Majestic Theatre Measure for Measure
 
Exploring the corrupting nature of power, Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's darker comedies, posing controversial ideas that proved far ahead of their time. In this gritty staging from London's Cheek by Jowl and Moscow's Pushkin Theatre, the Bard's timely tale of sex, piety and politics are further examined through the lens of contemporary Russian society. A delectable mix of comedy and tragedy, Measure for Measure tackles important questions about authority and agency over one's body (both political and personal). Take advantage of this exclusive pre-sale offer and see this original and thrilling production when it makes a stop at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre during its first-ever U.S. tour.
 
   
Friends! The Musical Parody Oct 26  
Lowell Memorial Auditorium Friends! The Musical Parody
 
Friends! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV's Friends, celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. It's a seemingly typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! This delightfully naughty confection at Lowell Memorial Auditorium plucks the best moments from the show's ten years and recreates the moments through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll unagi!
 
   
The Play That Goes Wrong Nov 7 - Nov 18, 2018  
Citi Colonial Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong
 
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway and London's award-winning smash comedy! Called "a gut-busting hit" (The New York Times) and "the funniest play Broadway has ever seen" (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering "a riotous explosion of comedy" (Daily Beast) that is "tons of fun for all ages" (HuffPost)!
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Nov 8 - Nov 11, 2018  
The Hanover Theatre The Wizard of Oz
 
Click the heels of your ruby-red slippers and prepare to be transported to magical lands by one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Wizard of Oz. Based on the classic 1939 MGM movie, this family favorite will sweep you off your feet from the moment the tornado blows into Kansas. Young farm girl Dorothy and her little dog Toto are transported "Over the Rainbow," where they meet and befriend the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. The friends travel together along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the great and powerful Wizard himself. Featuring such classic songs as "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" and "If I Only Had a Brain," The Wizard of Oz is sure to cast its timeless spell over the entire family when it comes to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2018  
Central Square Theater A Christmas Carol
 
It wouldn't be the holidays without miserly Ebenezer Scrooge trying to derail everyone's enjoyment, and in Underground Railway Theater's production of A Christmas Carol, the Dickens classic is given a facelift. Featuring puppetry, a live musical score, dancing and an intimate setting, the sights, sounds and scents of this Christmas favorite leap off the stage. Celebrate the season with this unique look at a timeless tale.
 
   
Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Jan 8 - Jan 20, 2019  
Boston Opera House Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
 
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before-get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
 
   
Beautiful-The Carole King Musical Jan 29 - Feb 10, 2019  
Boston Opera House Beautiful-The Carole King Musical
 
Beautiful-The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Bedlam's Pygmalion Jan 31 - Mar 3, 2019  
Central Square Theater Bedlam's Pygmalion
 
Fresh off a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run, the original cast of Bedlam's Pygmalion comes to the Central Square Theater in Cambridge. Eric Tucker's "revelatory" (Village Voice) and "playful" (The New York Times) production brings Eliza Doolittle, Professor Higgins (performed by Tucker) and a cast of characters to life with just six actors. Immerse yourself in this gritty, fresh interpretation of George Bernard Shaw's classic, exploring the negotiation of power through sexual politics.
 
   
School Of Rock - The Musical Feb 12 - Feb 24, 2019  
Boston Opera House School Of Rock - The Musical
 
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
 
   
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2019  
Citi Colonial Theatre The Illusionists - Live From Broadway
 
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists - Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
 
   
Photograph 51 Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2019  
Central Square Theater Photograph 51
 
The Nora Theatre Company presents Photograph 51 at Central Square Theatre. In 1951, British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin became a research associate at King's College in London. It was her X-ray imaging that revealed DNA's double helix structure, leading to the 1962 Nobel Prize, which went to James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. Told with wit and urgency by a chorus of scientists who relive the competitive chase to be the first to map the DNA molecule, Photograph 51 is the story of a fiercely independent and ambitious young scientist and her unsung, trailblazing achievements. It also provides an unflinching look at sexism, ethics and scientific collaboration.
 
   
A Bronx Tale Apr 2 - Apr 14, 2019  
Boston Opera House A Bronx Tale
 
A Bronx Tale is a streetwise musical that takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s-where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring a doo-wop score, A Bronx Tale is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.
 
   
Les Miserables Apr 16 - Apr 28, 2019  
Boston Opera House Les Miserables
 
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and 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.
 
   
black odyssey Apr 25 - May 19, 2019  
Central Square Theater black odyssey
 
In black odyssey, Ulysses Lincoln, a Gulf War veteran lost at sea and presumed dead, fights to find his way back home to his wife and son. The meddlesome Gods -- Great Grand Daddy Deus and Great Grand Paw Sidin -- have other plans in mind as they battle for control of Ulysses' fate. Combining Greek mythology, African-American oral history and music, this visionary new take on Homer's classic tale can be seen at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
 
   
Kinky Boots May 7 - May 12, 2019  
Citi Colonial Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.
 
   
Cloud 9 Jun 6 - Jun 30, 2019  
Central Square Theater Cloud 9
 
Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression in this show that follows a British family from colonial Africa to contemporary London. Filled with unexpected trysts, gender swaps, role reversals and power plays, Cloud 9 is a provocative, exuberant, time-shifting comedy that's both a parody and spoof of the ever-changing world of sexual politics. Caryl Churchill, lauded with "creating a new theatrical language," was recently recognized by The Guardian as "now sharing with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain's most significant living dramatist." Enjoy Cloud 9 at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
 
   
Miss Saigon Jun 12 - Jun 30, 2019  
Boston Opera House Miss Saigon
 
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Miserables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind," and "The Heat is On in Saigon," this is a theatrical event you will never forget.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Jul 10 - Aug 4, 2019  
Boston Opera House Dear Evan Hansen
 
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
 
   
Hello, Dolly! Aug 6 - Aug 18, 2019  
Boston Opera House Hello, Dolly!
 
Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion-hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow indeed!"