Thursday, June 19, 2008

Boston Theatre - Friday Roundup

Summer is here.

Slow time for theatre, right? Wrong. There is still plenty to see, and if you take a day trip, there is even more!

Limited Engagement!

In the 1850s-60s, author Charles Dickens enjoyed a second career in England and America as a public reader and actor of his novels. My friend and colleague Erik Rodenhiser recreates the experience at his Griffen Theatre in Salem this weekend! That's Erik, as Dickens, on the right.

Erik has been performing as Ebeneezer Scrooge since he was about 17 years old, he is a talent at transforming himself. But this is only for Friday and Saturday night so if you are up on the North Shore, you may want to check it out. Call 978-825-0222 for reservations

The Capitol Steps brings its special brand of musical satire to Boston on Saturday night. No matter how tired of the campaign you think you are, don't worry, the Capitol Steps can usually get more than a few laughs out of you.


Kenneth Tynan famously championed John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, saying, "I agree that Look Back in Anger is likely to remain a minority taste. What matters, however, is the size of the minority. I estimate it at roughly 6,733,000, which is the number of people in this country between the ages of 20 and 30. And this figure will doubtless be swelled by refugees from other age groups curious to know precisely what the contemporary young pup is thinking and feeling."

The play is often talked about, but seldom produced anymore. The Orfeo Group will be presenting it at the Piano Factory, is free! So check out what all the excitement was about those many years ago.


Essential Self-Defense (Left,) karate chops and karoakes into its second weekend at the Boston Center for the Arts. Reviews so far are here, here, here, here, and here. Gurnet Theatre Projects production of Adam Rapp's fractured meditation on post 9/11 fears plays for a few more weekends.

Playwrights Platform will be running Series B of their Summer Festival. Check out the local writing talent.

An added bonus is being able to see some really good actors taking their turns with these new works.

Information is here.

Last Chance:

This is your definite last chance to see The History Boys, (no, I don't mean the Celtics.) Speakeasy's production of the Alan Bennett play runs through Sunday at the Boston Center for the Arts.

If you are in the Gloucester area, you can see Billy Bishop Goes to War at Gloucester Stage before it closes on Sunday.

The final bell rings for the Late Night Catechism at the Stoneham Theatre.

Out of Town:

Beyond Therapy at Williamstown.

Shakespeare and Company's production of All's Well That Ends Well, joins The Ladies Man, already running.

George Bernard Shaw's Candida and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker are on the boards at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Barrington Stage runs the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Mystery of Harris Burdick.

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