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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

This is the hottest theater season on and off-Broadway in recent memory

To say there’s a lot going on right now in theater would be an understatement. Spring always brings a flurry of exciting openings on- and off-Broadway, but this season’s thrilling diversity might also make it hard to tell which shows are the most worthwhile to splurge on. Here are the biggest plays...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 5:23am

Our must-see Boston theater picks for spring 2017

MARCH“Golda’s Balcony”Bobbie Steinbach stars in this one-woman show as Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. While the play covers her whole remarkable story, it focuses on the 1973 Yom Kippur War, controversially suggesting that Meir threatened to use nuclear weapons if the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:57pm

Flower Show, Sting and more to do in Philly this weekend

TraditionsPhiladelphia Flower ShowMarch 11-19Pennsylvania Convention Center12th and Arch streets$28 theflowershow.comIt’s back! The Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s massive flower exhibition returns, this time transporting bloom lovers to the tulip fields of the Netherlands. “Holland: Flowering...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 5:00am

'Topdog/Underdog' is not your typical sibling rivalry

What if your entire life was a long con? Or a series of small cons, within a long con? What if the con man was your brother? What if he was you?The Huntington Theatre’s presentation of Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Topdog/Underdog” explores the complexities of trust and dependency in the relationship between...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:34am

Jane Eaglen headlines Boston Lyric Opera’s adaptation of ‘The Rake’s Progress’

A lot has happened to Jane Eaglen since her American debut with the Boston Pops in 1992. The English soprano embarked on a prestigious, prolific international career. Her interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner defined her generation. Two decades at the top, four solo albums, and 10 complete...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:59pm

Hub Theatre Company's 'Coyote on a Fence' explores remorse behind bars

Is solitary confinement a fair punishment? How about the death penalty? What if it was for a white supremacist? What if it was for someone who was wrongly convicted? The Hub Theatre Company of Boston presents “Coyote on a Fence” by Bruce Graham, a prison drama that aims to leave audiences with...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:00pm

'The Curious Incident' explores adolescence and angst with a sense of compassion

Tony-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” isn’t your typical coming-of-age story. That’s because its lead, 15-year-old Christopher, isn’t your typical teenage boy. A highly intelligent, self-declared sleuth seeking justice for his neighbor’s slain pooch, Christopher’s...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 4:54pm

Putin gets a Flashdance-style golden shower in this Trump musical

Haven’t we all had a Donald Trump-related fever dream by now? “Forbidden Broadway” alum Charles Osborne has had enough of them to make an “all-singing, all-dancing, highly gay” musical.“Charles Osborne's Trumped-Up Birthday Fever Dream”is what happens when a makeover goes horribly wrong, leaving...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:34pm

'Leper + Chip' coddles up with gritty teenage angst and love

There’s more to adolescence than homecomings, proms and college applications. “Leper + Chip,” presented by Inis Nua Theater Company, tells the grittier, raucous side of growing up. It’s a challenging glimpse at the lives of two teens who discover love in a frantic, antagonistic moment of hostility....

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:11pm