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‘Me the People’ brings satire of Trump’s America to the stage

The last time Nancy Holson, Jay Falzone and Jim Russek joined forces to bring the presidency of a sitting commander-in-chief to the stage, it was George W. Bush. “We didn’t realize how good we had it back then,” Holson said. Fast forward 11 years, and Holson, riding the swell of...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 5:02am

Protesters 'cry, Havoc,' at final ‘Julius Caesar’ performances in New York

Like Mark Antony, who vowed to “Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war” to avenge the death of the Roman leader in “Julius Caesar,” Trump supporters got their last chance to speak their mind about the Public Theater’s controversial performance of...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 11:34am

Watch centuries of Adams family history come to life

The Boston Athenæum, one of the oldest membership libraries in the nation, is making historical text come alive this week with “Four Generations of the Adams Family,” presented by the Poets’ Theatre. Written by David Gullette, Professor Emeritus at Simmons College and Literary...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 3:13pm

12 things to do in Boston this weekend

THEATER A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Actors’ Shakespeare Project performs their hero’s most beloved comedy, in which some fairies mess around with the heads of a few mortals who get lost in the woods. This version takes place during a 400-year-long wedding party. Actors’...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 4:32pm

Norma from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ finally speaks

As the typically silent inmate Norma Romano, fans usually don’t get to hear Annie Golden speak on “Orange Is the New Black.” But if you find her walking the streets of Boston ahead of her new play “Ripcord,” she’s more than happy to stop for a friendly chat. The...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 4:55pm

Boston's Lyric Stage breaks new ground with ‘Camelot’ casting

For weeks, Maritza Bostic has been Guenevere, the femme fatale of Arthurian legend. The Reading native currently lives in Harlem, but is staying with her father in Dorchester as she rehearses ahead of her performance in the Lyric Stage’s production of “Camelot,” which opens Friday...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 1:53pm

Things to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC Eric Lu Boston native Eric Lu began studying piano at age 6, and at age 19 he’s already performed at Carnegie Hall, Beijing Concert Hall and the Chopin Festival in Poland, among many other impressive gigs. Contrary to the stereotype of child prodigies as robotic and uncreative, Lu has...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:00pm

Franklin sisters beat out the competition for ‘Annie’

Recess is usually the top priority on the minds of most middle schoolers, but not for this motivated Massachusetts family. Meet Franklin natives Katie and Amanda Wylie, a pair of up-and-coming performers who beat out hundreds of young girls to land roles as orphans in the national tour for “...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 2:36pm

Things to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC The Marriage of Figaro This weekend is your last chance to see Boston Lyric Opera’s latest production of this beloved Mozart opera, in which the titular everyman hero must stop his own boss, Almaviva, from snatching away his wife-to-be, Susanna. Can a guy get a break? The music is...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 12:19pm

Jiehae Park’s ‘peerless’ comes to the Boston Public Library

If you’re trying to wrap your head around the implications of a play that heralds itself as “Macbeth meets Mean Girls”—don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve been making some fantastic cognitive leaps, too (read: Duncan awakens from slumber, sees Macbeth,...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 2:49pm

Catch the best Shakespeare productions this spring

Yes, we’re all a little anxious to see Oscar Isaac take on the role of “Hamlet” this summer, but you’ll have to keep it in your pants for a little longer.Until then, we’ve rounded up all the gender-swapping, boozy and outlandish Shakespearean productions of spring....

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:56pm

Daniel Fredrick on the importance of being 'articulate'

If you’ve ever seen Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” performed, you know what a mouthful the script is — chock full of fast-moving banter and expertly set up quips that keep the audience laughing from its first moments to the final curtain.Now imagine being an actor needing to...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:07am

Muslim faith and modern romance considered in 'The Who & the What​'

Zarina, a single 30-something Harvard grad, is living at home when her father decides to intervene by signing her up for a dating site. While this sounds like the plot of a promising rom-com, Ayad Akhtar’s “The Who & The What” is not quite that.The Huntington Theatre’s latest production...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:21pm

The Arden's 'Light Princess' musical for children isn't so light after all

When is a kid’s show not a kid’s show? Pretty much since Philadelphia playwrights Tony Lawton and Alex Bechtel accidentally wandered into the genre with their first collaboration, “The Light Princess,” which begins April 5 at Arden Children’s Theatre.Adapted from a story by George MacDonald, with...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:23am

After 57 years, 'The Fantasticks' is closing Off-Broadway

“The Fantasticks” has certainly had a fantastic run, but after 57 years the Off-Broadway musical is closing.Producers made the announcement this morning that the show’s final performance will be on June 4, 2017, after 21,552 performances. The production originally opened in 1960, telling a modern...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:19am

Review: Mansplaining derails 'Joan of Arc' rock musical

Opening during Women's History Month, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire should have been the mainstream feminist rock musical we need now. Unfortunately, what’s onstage at the Public Theater so painfully fails the Bechdel Test, it lacks even one female point of view.As Joan (Jo Lampert, a siren who should...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 4:57pm

'Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon’ to offer 'pay what your heart feels' theater tickets

Following a series of Boston Marathon portrayals-in-art — including "Boston," "Patriots Day," "Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing," and Jake Gyllenhaal’s "Stronger" — comes Boston Theater Company's "Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon," a docu-play running through March...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:18pm

SpeakEasy's 'Grand Concourse' challenges forgiveness, religion

When it comes to your chosen religion, how much of what you practice reflects who you really are? The disparity of what we preach and what we sometimes do is center stage in SpeakEasy’s current production “Grand Concourse,” playing through April 1.Sister Shelley finds her work at a Bronx soup...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 5:14pm

'Adapt!' turns an immigrant’s flight into a dreamlike journey

Speaking softly over the phone earlier this month, Blanka Zizka’s voice was sporadically interrupted by a series of sudden, sharp noises in the background. Finishing a thought about “Adapt!,” the new play that will conclude the Wilma Theater’s 2016-17 season, she offhandedly explains, “What you’re...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:00am

You're an accomplice in this new immersive 'Sweeney Todd'

Sweeney Todd has never been quite as up-close-and-personal as it gets in the new West Village production, where the killer barber waves his infamous razors right in the audience’s faces — while serenading them, no less. And serving them actual meat pie.Tooting Arts Club’s immersive show is now open...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:50am