A postulant (Sasha Castroverde, left) is serenaded by her Mother Superior (Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, right) in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of The Divine Sister, running now thru Nov. 19. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
(Boston, MA) “The hills are alive–with the sounds of…” *gag* (Hold on. Sometimes when I get emotional I tend to gag. Well, not really, but a nun or two in this play do and it becomes a running gag). Charles Busch and Speakeasy Stage Company bring singing, biking, and wrestling nuns to the stage. With cheek and pluck, Speakeasy Stage furnishes a delightful trip to the world of nun movies, tv shows, and musicals.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project continues to bring intelligible Shakespeare to Boston. One of Shakespeare’s most complicated plots of politics and passion, Antony and Cleopatra can leave Shakespeare neophytes confused and questioning. This production provides a clear path for understanding and appreciation of the text.
The backdrop, designed by Jeff Adelberg, looks like a collection of mattress coils that make up a wall. This suggestive detail reflects Antony’s decision-making processes. Antony is caught up in his love and does not recognize the ever-present threat of his fellow triumvirate colleague, Octavius. Octavius uses Antony’s distraction to destroy the triumvirate and become emperor of Rome. Continue reading →