Blue Man Group
"Confederacy of Dunces"Wild anfd funny Farce at the Huntington now -Dec 20
A Confederacy of Dunces adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Kennedy Toole, directed by David Esbjornson (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and All My Sons) and featuring Nick Offerman of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Nick Offerman stars as the larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly: overweight, arrogant, eccentric, and still living with his mother in 1960s New Orleans. Called the Don Quixote of the French Quarter, Ignatius has a singular outlook on life. His farcical odyssey includes a riot in a department store and a raid on a strip club, and stints working at a pants factory and as a hot dog vendor. A Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious, wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures. The Washington Post says A Confederacy of Dunces is, “An epic comedy. A rumbling, roaring avalanche of a sbow -
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SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: THE MYSTERY OF THE MAGI’S GOLDNun turns sleuth and forensic investigator as Sister, portrayed by Barbara Hunt, engages in a “CSI’’-style reconstruction of the Nativity scene, with the help of audience members, to try to figure out what happened to the Magi’s gold. Written by Maripat Donovan (“Late Nite Catechism”) and directed by Marc Silvia. Nov. 28. Citi Shubert Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL This stage adaptation of the well-known TV special returns to Boston to tell the tale of the reindeer with the shiny schnozz and his valiant efforts to help Santa Claus make his deliveries of toys in the face of an epic blizzard. Also on hand: Rudolph’s buddy, Hermey the Elf, as well as Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster, and, of course, the Island of Misfit Toys. Dec. 1-6. Citi Shubert Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org
RETURN OF THE WINEMAKER: AN IRISH CHRISTMAS COMEDY An irreverent musical comedy depicts Jesus Christ as the resident winemaker for the pubs in a small village in County Galway, Ireland. When God asks Jesus to return to heaven, the panicky townspeople pull out all the stops to persuade him to stay. Starring Derry Woodhouse as Jesus and Stephen Russell as God. Also featuring Nancy E. Carroll and Colin Hamell. Written by Bernard McMullan (“Jimmy Titanic”) and directed by Carmel O’Reilly. Dec. 2-20. Tir Na Productions. At Davis Square Theatre, Somerville. 617-308-6075, www.winemaker.brownpapertickets.com
A LITTLE ORPHAN TRANNY CHRISTMAS Bet your bottom dollar that it will be difficult to see a certain plucky, optimistic orphan the same way again after you experience Ryan Landry’s musical sendup, which features the return of the deliciously villainous Hermione P. Grinchley, played by Landry, along with Jessica Barstis in the title role. Dec. 3-20. Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine nightclub.
BLACK NATIVITY It’s the 45th annual production of this spirited retelling of the Christmas story, based on a script by Langston Hughes and built on a blend of gospel songs, carols, and expressive dance. Directed by Voncille Ross, whose involvement with the production stretches four decades, to when she began singing in the children’s choir. Dec. 4-20. National Center of Afro-American Artists. At Paramount Center Mainstage. 617-824-8000, www.blacknativity.org
A CHRISTMAS CAROL A 25th-anniversary production of North Shore Music Theatre’s music-laden adaptation of the Dickens story, directed and choreographed by Kevin P. Hill, and once again starring David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge. Dec. 4-23. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org
ALL THE KINGS MEN HOLIDAY SHOW! The all-female comedy troupe that specializes in gender-bending performances presents a holiday-themed show that includes Santa Claus, the Grinch, and Jesus among the characters in more than two dozen numbers, which will also showcase divas, boy-band members, grandmothers, nuns, and figures from pop culture. Dec. 6. American Repertory Theater, at Oberon, Cambridge. 617-496-8004, www.americanrepertorytheater.org
THE CHRISTMAS REVELS With a 100-member cast including David Coffin and Cristi Catt, this year’s Revels take a journey of the imagination to a mining village in south Wales in the early 20th century, exploring Welsh anthems and Celtic legends, including tales of dragons and spectral white horses. Billy Meleady portrays famed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (child actors play young Dylan), and, in keeping with Revels tradition, the show will also include a rendition of the Sussex Mummer’s Carol, a reading of “The Shortest Day,’’ and, of course, “The Lord of the Dance.’’ Dec. 11-27. At Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.revels.org
Blue Man Group
Upstairs at the Charles, this is another long-run hit that takes theatre to another level. It's new. It's cool. BLUE MAN GROUP has updated the wildly popular theatrical show in Boston! Taking a closer look at the technology that both surrounds and isolates us, BLUE MAN GROUP showcases technogeek ingenuity while uniting the audience in primal, collective exhilaration. Signature BLUE MAN GROUP moments combine with breathtakingly fun new pieces for an explosive evening of entertainment It's a happening . . . ninety minutes of non-verbal mayhem. Actors painted blue from head to toe play drums, mime and most of all amuse. Their look at life is totally off the wall. The ultimate "theatre of the absurd." A must-see-to-believe event.
Tues.-Fri 8 p.m.
Sat 6:30 and 9:30pm.
Sun at 3 & 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 and $45.
Upstairs at the Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston
Tips for the Bargain Bunch!
You may be able to catch theatre in Boston for half price. Here are places where you can get discounted tickets:
BosTix sells tickets to a good variety of shows at their locations in Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, and the Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, Cambridge. BosTix is also a Ticketmaster outlet. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Not all shows offer tickets through BosTix.
The Huntington Repertory Theatre sells half-price tickets within two hours of showtime for Tuesday through Thursday performances.
The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge offers discounts to students for unsold tickets 30 minutes before showtime, and at 11 a.m. Monday, and "pay what you can" tickets are sold for available Saturday matinees.
The Charles Playhouse on Warrenton Street in Boston is offering free admission for volunteer ushers needed for its current long-run production of "Blue Man Group." Arrive one hour before showtime, and stay 15 minutes after to help clean up. You need to wear all black. If you're interested, call (617) 426-6912 for more information.