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Gritty new immersive theater show Curiosities takes you to the 1930s

Summers are for reliving the boom times of the Jazz Age on Governors Island. But when fall arrives, so will a different kind of immersive experience set just a decade later but infinitely darker. A new immersive play called Curiosities transports you into the world of post-Prohibition era...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:40am

‘The Peculiar Patriot’ puts spotlight on prison industrial complex

Despite having an incarcerated loved one, Liza Jessie Peterson’s true introduction to the prison industrial complex — aka the for-profit privatization of U.S. correctional facilities — came when she began working at New York’s Rikers Island as a program counselor and...

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 5:04am

Why Groundhog Day is even better as a Broadway musical

The Groundhog Day musical is closing on Broadway soon. Judging by the reactions of my friends, not many of you have heard about it (though if you caught Metro’s Spring Arts Guide, it was one of our recommended shows — not to mention glowing reviews in the New York Times, Entertainment...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 4:53pm

Public Theater's 'As You Like It' features gay couples

After courting controversy with its Trump-inspired “Julius Caesar” earlier this summer, the Public Theater isn’t shying away from putting modern takes on its Shakespeare productions. For its final free show of the season at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, the Public...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 5:20pm

'Game of Thrones' gets the rock musical parody it needs

Between the dragons and ice zombies and all that sex, “Game of Thrones” usually lives up to its fantasy epic reputation. Which is great when it comes to dragons, but not so fun when everyone is taking themselves far too seriously. That makes it perfect for parody, which a California...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:03pm

Best shows to see during Broadway Week, when tickets are 2-for-1

New Yorkers, we need to have a talk. Between saving all your pennies to finally see “Hamilton” — the cheapest we’ve recently heard someone getting a ticket on the secondary market is $400 — and the many delights of summer in the city, we’ve let our theater...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 5:11pm

Broadway’s ‘Finding Neverland’ hits the Boston Opera House

Get ready to peek into the life of the man who created Peter Pan–and no, Bostonians, we’re not talking about the local bus line. Through spritely tunes and a troupe of superbly talented actors, “Finding Neverland” depicts the story of Scottish writer J.M. Barrie and his...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 1:27pm

Nude Shakespeare in the park is back with an all-male 'Hamlet'

Another nude Shakespeare production is coming to a New York City park, and this time it’s the men’s turn to bare all in the name of art. After staging a nude, all-female version of “The Tempest” last summer, Torn Out Theater is back with an all-male staging of “...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 2:28pm

Boston’s Shakespeare on the Common takes a 'feminist stance'

Watch star-crossed lovers under the stars this summer at the upcoming Shakespeare on the Common production of "Romeo and Juliet." Performed by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, theater savants and newbies alike can watch the free, outdoor show held at Boston Common starting this week...

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 3:01pm

'My Dear Watson' is a rare asexual love story of Sherlock Holmes

For a character who’s been the template for cold, calculating geniuses since his debut in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has seen a lot of reinvention lately: as a drama-loving addict in BBC’s “Sherlock,” a mischievous rogue in director Guy Ritchie’s films, and even a New...

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 6:09pm

Leslie Odom Jr. hints at a 'Hamilton' surprise during Boston's July 4 show

After bringing down the house at Symphony Hall earlier this year, Leslie Odom Jr. will once again team up with the Boston Pops for this year's star-studded Fourth of July show. “It’s one of those things that can really bring a tear to your eye as a performer,” the former...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 4:30pm

‘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