Cutler Majestic Theatre

Awake and Sing at the Huntington theatre, now through December 7th

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 The Huntington's current production Clifford Odets "Awake and Sing",a 1935 family dramia is set In a cramped Bronx apartment, a working-class Jewish family dreams of a brighter future. Matriarch Bessie Berger's fierce determination keeps her family afloat, whatever the cost. Gritty, passionate, funny, and heartbreaking, Directed by Melia Bensussen, the set symbolizing a towering apartment complex that morphs into close living quarters gives each of the dysfunciontal family a chance to complain about their lot in life  The cast is first rate, particularly Will Lebow as the left-leaning grandfather and ,Leslie Wilner whose role as frustrated wife and mother  explodes with anger and frustration.   Not your everday loving family.

Bad Jews,  a theatrical thunderbolt on the Speakeasy  Stage  Now- Nov 22   

  

Forget the controversy over the title, the current work onTHE SPEAKEASY STAGE IS AN ACING TRIUMPH  Playwrite  Joshua Harmon has created a seriously  smart comedy about family ,faith and tradition. The one act four member troupe giive over t as he top performances and for 90 minutes we are enticed, enthralled andwide awake. as two cousins wage war over a coveted family heirloom.  At odds are the annoyingly devout Daphna Feygenbaum, a young woman who wears her Jewishness like a righteous badge of honor, and her equally self-centered cousin Liam Haber, an entitled young man who has spent much of his life distancing himself from his cultural traditions. When the combatants are forced to spend the night in close quarters, the result is a viciously funny brawl over family, faith, and legacy. Kudos to all involved . Make this one amust see. l

Lyric Stage Mounts Hilarious "Allergist's Wife"


A middle-aged Upper-West-Side doctor’s wife is devoted to mornings at the Whitney, afternoons at MOMA, and evenings at BAM. Plunged into a mid-life crisis of Medea-like proportions, she’s shaken out of her lethargy by the reappearance of a fascinating and somewhat mysterious childhood friend.  Filled with passion and humor, the New York Times called The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife a “window-rattling comedy of mid-life malaise.”
This production is part of 30 YEARS OF CHARLES BUSCH — A CELEBRATION!, marking the 30th anniversary of the Off-Broadway debut of Charles Busch (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom in 1985) as well as the 15th anniversary of his Broadway debut (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife in 2000).  

The Old Man and the Old Moon at Emerson's Paramout. November 19 through 23. 

The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. comes to Boston with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. Their fantastical, song-filled tale takes us to the end of the world when an old man abandons his duty of filling the moon with liquid light to search for his missing wife. With a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, inventive theatrical effects and an infectious contemporary folk sound, these seven young actor-musicians transform the seemingly ordinary into sheer wonder.

 

The trip to Bountiful at  Emerson Majestic's Cutler Theater. November 20th through December 7.

Cicely Tyson reprises her Tony Award-winning performance as the feisty and funny Carrie Watts in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote’s beloved American classic The Trip to Bountiful, a story of intergenerational family dynamics directed by Michael Wilson. Living in a cramped apartment in Houston with her dutiful son Ludie (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood) and bossy daughter-in-law Jessie Mae (Grammy and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams), the elderly Carrie dreams of making one final journey to Bountiful, Texas, her childhood home. With great determination and daring, Carrie makes her arduous journey back to Bountiful. 
Upcoming Holiday Favorites 

Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Wang Theatre, December 16th through 28th. 

Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

A Christmas Carol : Hanover Theatre, December 19th through 28th, North Shore Music Theatre December 5 through 21st. 

A Christmas Carol has become a holiday favorite throughout New England. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul.

The Little Prince at Watertown's New Rep Theatre, November 22 through December 21. 

An imaginative new take on the beloved novella, The Little Prince tells the story of a world-weary aviator and a mysterious, regal little boy who help each other discover rare and unique insights into love, loss, and laughter. Filled with enchanting music and heartfelt lyrics, it has been touted by critics around the country for its appeal to all ages.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at Cutler Majestic December 12 through 21. 

For this its 12th season, WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourne is exploring the rich music, singing, and dance that crossed over from Ireland and Scotland and to the new world to become Appalachian old-time, country, and bluegrass. Celtic-music aficionado and storyteller Brian O'Donovan has assembled some of the best musicins, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic and traditional American music worlds and beyond!

The Christmas Revels at Cambridge's Sanders Theatre December 12- 28

The 44th annual Christmas Revels journeys to Victorian England for a joyous theatrical production set in the amazing Crystal Palace originally erected for London's Great Exhibition of 1851. A radiant cast of more than 100 performers will entertain you with music hall songs and holiday carols.

Long-Running Hits

 

Shear Madness
Shear Madness ImageBoston's and the country's longest-running non-musical has been playing to full houses ever since it opened in 1980. A murder mystery set in a unisex hair salon, it is a unique theatrical experience. It started in Boston and has played all over the world, including Budapest, Rome, and Mexico City. The audience gets involved in this interactive whodunit. The actors keep it fresh and topical and in the cozy atmosphere of the Charles Playhouse, it makes for a fun, lighthearted evening's entertainment. Through the years, it has developed a cult-like following, and many have seen it numerous times. The ending changes depending on the audience. In honor of its 20th anniversary here in Boston, there will be special fundraising activities to benefit Rosie's Place in its efforts to create a Wellness Center at its South End facility.

Tuesday - Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 3 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: (617) 426-5225
Charles Playhouse, Warrenton Street, Boston

 

 

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.