Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, the Party watches him through telescreens. Everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party's seemingly omniscient leader -- Big Brother. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people's history and language. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal. Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary even though he knows ... big brother is watching. See George Orwell's timeless story of an oppressive future when 1984 hits the stage at Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Eugene O'Neill's enduring master work, Anna Christie, is a surprisingly contemporary play that still crackles with fierce physicality, humor and drama. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain (Lyric Stage favorite Johnny Lee Davenport) is reunited with the daughter he unwittingly abandoned to a life of hardship. It seems like Anna has found love with a shipwrecked sailor, only to be rejected by both of the men in her life when her dark past is revealed. As both her father and her suitor come to recognize their own responsibility for her plight, all three of them struggle to find forgiveness and redemption in each other. Following his acclaimed production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Scott Edmiston takes a fresh look at one of America's greatest playwrights.
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.
Gritty, sexy and thought-provoking, this musical about a society on the brink of catastrophic change is set during the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany. The hard-hitting story revolves around the seedy Kit Kat Klub, where patrons -- captivated by the decadent allure -- come to escape the deteriorating world outside. Written by the incomparable team of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book), Cabaret is a provocative musical that remains ever-relevant, exploring the devastating results of authoritarianism, bigotry and cultural upheaval in times of political change. Enjoy this Moonbox Productions presentation of the timeless musical at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Brooklyn-based Calamari "sisters" Delphine and Carmela host a hilarious faux broadcast of their public-access cable cooking show, blending outrageous musical numbers, spicy anecdotes and a dash of audience participation into a delectable comic stew. While they whip up their authentic Italian recipes live on stage, the Calamaris sing, dance and bicker their way into your hearts -- and stomachs -- with renditions of beloved tunes like ""Volare," "Come On-A My House," "Botch-A-Me," "Que Sera Sera," "Mambo Italiano" and more. Don't be surprised if they get a bit naughty as they update their treasured family recipes with saucy secrets and anecdotes that will leave you rolling in the aisles. And who knows? You might even get to sample these two sisters' kitchen creations. Be prepared to eat your heart out and laugh until your sides hurt when they come to the stage of Arlington's Regent Theatre.
Apollinaire Theatre Company presents the U.S. premiere of First Love is the Revolution -- a viciously funny and unforgettable play about first love, teenage lust and nature vs. nurture at Chelsea Theatre Works. Rdeca is a young fox keen to test boundaries, whose curiosity lands her in a makeshift trap set by lonely 14-year-old Basti. When their paths cross, the sparks fly and an impossible bond spirals dangerously out of control.
Best friends, social trends and occasional murder. It's September, 1989, when smart girl Veronica Sawyer is taken into the tight circle of Westerberg High's popular girls known as the Heathers (because, duh, they're all named Heather) on account of her uncanny forgery skills. But with social popularity comes a level of sadistic cruelty that Veronica can't stomach, and she quietly defects from the inner circle. Hooking up with moody bad boy Jason J.D. Dean, she becomes complicit in his homicidal takedowns of the school's popular crowd. Wickedly funny, oddly romantic, relentlessly intense and occasionally powerful, this is a surprisingly truthful parable for anyone who's ever been in love, in trouble, or in high school. Catch this Pullman.vs.Paxton production of Heathers: The Musical at Eliot Hall in Jamaica Plain.
Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in The Lyons, a "smart and funny and moving" (New York Observer) drama that The Hollywood Reporter hailed as "black comedy perfection" during its 2012 run. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- salty language included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver (Beautiful Child), The Lyons is now playing at the Boston Center for the Arts - Plaza Black Box Theatre.
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
"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.
From E.B. White, the beloved author of Charlotte's Web, comes Stuart Little, the endearing and enduring classic about a mouse who is born into an ordinary New York family. This fun-filled children's theater adaptation by Joseph Robinette captures all the charm, wisdom and joy of the original story, bringing Stuart's many larger-than-life adventures to the stage while teaching young ones all about the timeless values of loyalty and friendship. See this family favorite at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston.
In the late 1800s at Harvard College observatory -- long before the heroines of Hidden Figures made their contributions at NASA -- a group of "computers," aka women employed for half a man's salary to analyze astronomic data, proved that the universe was larger than anyone ever dreamed. The Women Who Mapped the Stars reveals the thrilling untold story of the five brave analysts who paved the way for previously impossible advances in astronomy. The Nora Theatre Company stages this world premiere by Joyce Van Dyke at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.