(Boston, MA) Yasmina Reza grabs the audience by the jugular and does not let go for an hour and a half. The evening at the Novak’s house in God of Carnage could easily have a voice-over that says “when people stop being polite… and start getting real.” However, unlike The Real World, Yasmina Reza brings a much more believable situation to its drama than any tv reality show. By taking a situation that anyone can relate to and heightening it to the absurd degree, God of Carnage holds a mirror up to our inner demons and leaves us laughing through the pain. Under the direction of Daniel Goldstein, with a talented cast, and a cleverly constructed set, Huntington Theatre Company’s production of God of Carnage is a “must-see” show of the season.
(January 13, 2012) — Hovey Players present CLOSER by Patrick Marber, directed by Kristin Hughes, and produced by Nicole Sparks. The Cast includes Sara Jane Burns as Alice, Robin Gabrielli as Dan, Bill Stambaugh as Larry, and Melissa Sine as Anna.
CLOSER focuses on the complex relationships and sexual politics, and morality of four people trading partners in search of love, intimacy, and being closer. By turns funny, scabrous, and tragic, this winner of the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1999 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play offers a brutal and honest look at the pitfalls of modern romance.
Performances are January 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28, at 8pm, and January 22 at 2pm.
Tickets are $18 General Admission and $15 Seniors and Students.
Performances will be at the Abbott Memorial Theater, 9 Spring Street, Joel’s Way, Waltham, MA, next to the Waltham Public Library. Reservations can be made by calling (781) 893-9171 or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Cambridge, MA) Few up-to-date on pop culture in the last few years have escaped the scourge of Twilight. The book and film franchise have jumpstarted the paranormal romance genre and, in the process, have become the focal point of obsession and hatred for fans and detractors, respectively. Something about the concept of a vampire falling for a teenager really polarizes audiences. Continue reading →
(Boston, MA) It’s one thing to pull off an entertaining melodrama, it’s quite another to stage a debate on art and make it captivating. While the play Red may be too intellectual to be everyone’s cup of tea, it is engrossing, especially in this strong production staged by SpeakEasy.
The two-person play centers on renowned 20th century visual artist Mark Rothko (Thomas Derrah) and his first attempt to create a series of murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. Continue reading →
(Chelsea, MA) It’s like being at your family’s holiday party, except for the relief that it’s not your family. Words fly and passions rise as the audience travels from room to room glancing at the private moments of Vanya’s family. Youth and beauty contrast with the harsh realities of country living as love and hope are thrown about bouncing from wall to wall. Continue reading →
(Cambridge, MA) The holiday season is littered with entertainment chestnuts that get trotted out every year. Some can get worn thin, like poorer productions of A Christmas Carol; others take on a hipster status, like the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
If you want to enjoy two holiday traditions at once, come see What the Dickens?!, a mashup musical that populates Dickens’ classic Christmas morality tale with Schultz’s Peanuts characters. Watching this playis like downing an invented drink mixed at a holiday party: the two flavors may mix curiously, but it’s all good. Continue reading →
(Watertown, MA) Like the film it’s adapted from, the stage version of A Christmas Story paints a childhood spent during the holidays in a golden glow. Yes, the flustered family of Ralphie (Andrew Cekala) meet nothing but frustrations as they try to pull Christmas together against mean-spirited neighborhood dogs, hideous bunny suits, and intimidating department store Santas, but their holiday is ultimately a nostalgic one. Continue reading →
In Three Pianos, Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy look to reconcile the historical Schubertiade with more modern, boozy gatherings of friends.
The production believes there’s little difference between the parties that Schubert threw for his friends, prominent artists during the Romantic movement, and the soirees of contemporary audiences. Particularly entertaining are the actors, in the guise of German guests, deciding who should go on a beer run. Continue reading →
The ensemble of Priscilla Dreams the Answer. Left to Right: Bob Mussett (Harry), Dakota Shepard (Zop), Caroline L. Price (Priscilla), Michael Caminiti (Simon), Emily Kaye Lazzaro (Zip). Photo Credit: Sarah E. Farbo
(Boston, MA) Douglas Adams would be proud of Walt McGough. While Priscilla does not have to deal with a world that is already destroyed, she does have to find the answer to save both the Earth and another planet that has a close relationship with the Earth. This clever and witty play takes the audience on a journey through space and time but never loses sight of the core humanity, which is the test of well-crafted science fiction. Continue reading →
(Auburndale, MA) My parents were forced to sit through some terrible school concerts, including an animal-themed choral concert which featured lyrics wondering why there were so many anteaters, but no uncle-eaters. They fixed their smiles and did their duty.
If you’re a parent of one of the many children in the youth ensemble in big: the Musical, this will seem like a treat in comparison. You have a reason to feel pride, as your child has discharged his or her role admirably, dancing and singing his or her heart out. The night will pass quickly for you. Continue reading →