Apr 15

Bachelor’s Degree Preferred: TOP GIRLS

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Photos courtesy of Paul Cantillon for Bad Habit Productions

Presented by Bad Habit Productions
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Liz Fenstermaker

April 12-27, 2014
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Boston, MA
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Review by Noelani Kamelamela

(Boston) Bad Habit Productions closes their seventh season, “Ambition & Sacrifice,” with a sharp focus on the feminine. Their interpretation of Caryl Churchill’s work provides representation of classic and modern stereotypes of females while maintaining a quick pace. Continue reading

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Apr 14

Kickstarter for Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays

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Listing by Gillian Daniels

I first met Erin Underwood during our involvement in planning one of New England’s most prominent science fiction conventions, Boskone.  She impressed me not only with her editorial prowess—she had recently put together a short story collection of young adult science fiction with Hannah Strom-Martin through Underwords Press, Futuredaze—but her vibrancy and enthusiasm.  A local to the Boston area, Erin struck me with her openness to new challenges and genre fiction projects.  It was a pleasure to work with her and I have tried to keep tabs on her ongoing endeavors ever since. Continue reading

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Apr 14

Three Days of (Bittersweet) Rain

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Presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston
By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Daniel Bourque

April 4-19, 2014
First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Review by Gillian Daniels

(Boston) In Hub Theatre’s production of Three Days of Rain, audiences are gently tricked.  We are initially introduced to a family melodrama that takes place in 1995. Walker (John Geoffrion) comes to terms with his father’s death in the rundown apartment the man shared with his business partner during the sixties.  Stubborn and volatile, Walker doesn’t appear to have a great relationship with his sister, the “sane” Nan (Marty Seeger Mason), who takes him to the reading of their famous architect father’s will. They are joined by the son of his late business partner, Pip (Tim Hoover), a kind but not terribly bright soap opera actor.  With the reading of the will, the peace between the three of them deteriorates and their complex bond reforms.  So far, this is a story of despair, but it’s also just its maudlin surface. Continue reading

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Apr 11

Admiral Kittypants Presents: “Princess Ida; Or, Castle Adamant”

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Mascot, Admiral Dudley T. Kittypants

Mascot, Admiral Dudley T. Kittypants

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2014
Contact: Kitty Drexel, blognetheatregeek@gmail.com, www.netheatregeek.com

Admiral Kittypants Presents announces performances of
Gilbert & Sullivan’s
Princess Ida; Or, Castle Adamant
A Staged Reading with piano; and, A Fundraising, Sing-a-Long Event
May 31, 2014 @ 8pm
May 30, 2014 @ 2pm
Directed by Liz Adams. Music Directed by Sarah Hager.

(SOMERVILLE) Admiral Kittypants Presents: PRINCESS IDA; OR, CASTLE ADAMANT by Sir Arthur Sullivan and Sir William S. Gilbert. The two performances will occur at Responsible Grace Church in Davis Square (52 Russell Street, Cambridge MA 02140). This event is a fundraiser with ticket prices at a suggested amount of $7. Tickets can be purchased at the event.

This event is a sing-a-long. The leading roles have been filled by professional actors and audience is invited to sing with the chorus. Copies of the chorus parts can be requested online at blognetheatregeek@gmail.com or purchased at the venue for a small sum before the performance. The majority of the roles in this production have been cross-cast to favor the high population of female talent in the Boston-area.

Princess Ida; or, Castle Adamant, the eighth comic opera written by librettist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan, is their only three act opera. Based on the poem “The Princess” by Sir Arthur Tennyson its poetic roots are reflected in the dialogue being in blank verse. To sum up: Prince Hilarion was married in babyhood to Princess Ida, daughter of King Gama. The Princess, however, has set up a college for women from which all men are barred. Hilarion and his friends infiltrate the castle and ultimately the men, led by Hilarion’s father, King Hildebrand, stage a full-scale invasion. Ida and her college of women must face Hilarion’s forces to uphold the tenants of their university.

The cast of Princess Ida; Or, Castle Adamant
Prince Hilarion – Kamela Dolinova
King Hildebrand – Matthew Zahnzinger
King Gama – Ray O’Hare
Florian – Nicole Orr
Cyril – Katie Lafaw
Arac – Jessica Rossi
Guron – Daffyd Mac an Leigh
Scynthius – Chris Mason
Princess Ida – Kitty Drexel
Lady Psyche- Sara Haugland
Lady Blanche – Letitia Stevens
Melissa – Lawren Hill
Sacharissa – Meg Di Maggio
Chloe – Ginger Lazarus

Featured Singers and Section Leaders
Soprano – Rebecca Hayden
Alto – Micha Goolsby
Tenor – Chris Mason
Bass – Daffyd Mac an Leigh

Chorus parts to be sung by the audience. Continue reading

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Apr 10

“Far Away” is Close to Home

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Presented by Whistler in the Dark
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Meg Taintor

April 3-19, 2014
The Charlestown Working Theatre
Charlestown, MA
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Review by Gillian Daniels

One of the most terrifying things about dictatorships, dystopias, and police states are how they turn what is savage and ridiculous into what is mundane and even acceptable.  Blood doesn’t flow on stage at any point during Whistler in the Dark’s production of Far Away.  No one pulls out a gun or stabs another character to prove a point.  With the power of playwright Caryl Churchill’s words and Meg Taintor’s direction, they don’t need to. Fear  lay heavily over the show already; we don’t need any clearer sign things are uncertain and wrong. Continue reading

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Apr 08

Our Differences are Our Similarities: NOT BY BREAD ALONE

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Presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage
Created by Adina Tal and Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater
Conceived by AdinaTal
Original music by Amnon Baaham
“Dancing Closely” written and performed by Zvi Tal

April 2 – 6, 2014
The Paramount Center
Theatre District
Boston, MA
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Review by Kitty Drexel

(Boston) Not by Bread Alone is the most sincere piece of theatre I have seen all year. Productions like this are why we artists create; it is why theatre exists. The tremendous talent of the Nalag’at Deaf-Blind Theater is awe-inspiring. It’s Boston run is over but it will be in the US for a while longer. I suggest doing everything in your power to attend this brilliant production. Continue reading

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Apr 07

A Glancing Blow: JACK THE RIPPER (THE WHITECHAPEL MUSICAL)

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Presented by F.U.D.G.E Theatre Company
Music by Steven Bergman
Book and Lyrics by Steven Bergman & Christopher-Michael DiGrazia
Directed by Joey DeMita
Music Directed by Be Oehlkers
Stage Managed by Julie Murray

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
Boston, MA
March 28th – April 12th, 2014
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Review by Craig Idlebrook

(Somerville) We can trace back modern detective-work and sensationalistic journalism to the grimy streets of London at the close of the 19th century. One summer, while an unknown serial killer was stalking prostitutes, the London police learned they had to up their forensics game, while the tabloids learned that sex and blood made a profitable mix. Continue reading

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Apr 06

Don’t Hate the Player: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

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The pretty, pretty cast.

Presented by Theatre@First
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Elizabeth Hunter

April 4th – 12th
Davis Square Theatre
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Review by Danielle Rosvally

(Somerville) So, weird thing about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, it makes Beckett slightly more palatable and Shakespeare slightly less.

Stoppard’s play riffing on Beckett’s infamous Waiting for Godot is, on the surface, a glance at what’s going on behind the wings during the course of the greatest play ever written in the English language. If we begin to look at life as Stoppard’s head tragedian does (that is a world in which every exit is an entrance somewhere else), we begin to see how this Hamlet fan-fic took shape. Take Gogo and Didi, slap them into some verse poetry, give them tabards and a letter to the English King and wha-bam; there’s Stoppard’s piece. Continue reading

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Apr 02

More important qualities: IB Presents Hari Kondabolu

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IB Presents Hari Kondabolu

April 1, 2014
Improv Boston
Cambridge, MA
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http://www.harikondabolu.com/

Review by Noe Kamelamela

(Cambridge) Improv Boston is well known in Cambridge as a place where improv, stand-up and sketch comedy gets taught and performed. Improv Boston Presents regularly brings acts from outside of the area to give local audiences a taste of what is out beyond the Hub. In the case of straight shooter Hari Kondabolu, I can only hope there are more stand-up comedians outside of the Boston area who are willing to talk about current events. Continue reading

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Apr 02

Chekov in a Blender: STUPID FUCKING BIRD

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Photo credit: Apollinaire Theatre

Presented by Apollinaire Theatre Company
By Aaron Posner
Adapted by Chekhov’s The Seagull
Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques

March 28th – April 26th, 2014
Chelsea, MA
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Review by Craig Idlebrook

(Chelsea) Merriam-Webster offers this definition of “mash-up”:
something created by combining elements from two or more sources: as
a :  a piece of music created by digitally overlaying an instrumental track with a vocal track from a different recording
b :  a movie or video having characters or situations from other sources
c :  a Web service or application that integrates data and functionalities from various online sources

You’ll notice that the good ol’ M-W doesn’t include theater in its definition, which means Apollinaire Theatre’s staging of “Stupid Fucking Bird” kind of groundbreaking.  Take a ponderous Russian classic,  “The Seagull”, make it all meta and silly, and you have this imaginative and unconventional play.  Mash-ups usually are 5 minutes long and viewed on YouTube; this play clocks in at a cool 2 hours and a half with a pair of intermissions. My friends, that’s a mash-up that shows some guts. Continue reading

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