In this wickedly wonderful Chekhovian mashup from master of comedy Christopher Durang (Betty's Summer Vacation), Vanya and Sonia's quiet, bucolic life is hilariously upended when their glamorous movie star sister arrives for the weekend with her brawny boy toy in tow. Directed by Jessica Stone, the 6 member cast take on their various roles with enrgetic gusto and although there is occasional reference to Checkov, the actors seem to be having as much fun as the audience as one zinger follows another. Each character has his own moments. All I can say is you'll have a hard time catching your breath with the non- stop laughs. A perfect antidote for the winter doldrums.
A dyed-in-the wool liberal from the deep heart of Texas, the unsinkable Molly Ivins' rapier wit made her one of America's highest-regarded political columnists, satirists, and beloved rabble-rousers. Red Hot Patriot weaves personal anecdotes with Molly's unforgettable humor and wisdom, celebrating her courage and tenacity - even when a complacent America wasn't listening.
Claire and Max find their values put to the test when bestfriends Alex and Elena announce they are having a baby. Claire is climbing the corporate ladder in advertising, while her husband Max is a puppeteer for PBS. With friends entering into parenthood, they ask: What happened to the indie-rock kids that hated everything their parents believed in? A Future Perfect is a dark comedy about friendship, babies, and defining success.
Boston's and the country's longest-running non-musical has been playing to full houses ever since it opened in 1980. A murder mystery set in a unisex hair salon, it is a unique theatrical experience. It started in Boston and has played all over the world, including Budapest, Rome, and Mexico City. The audience gets involved in this interactive whodunit. The actors keep it fresh and topical and in the cozy atmosphere of the Charles Playhouse, it makes for a fun, lighthearted evening's entertainment. Through the years, it has developed a cult-like following, and many have seen it numerous times. The ending changes depending on the audience. In honor of its 20th anniversary here in Boston, there will be special fundraising activities to benefit Rosie's Place in its efforts to create a Wellness Center at its South End facility.
Tuesday - Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 3 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: (617) 426-5225
Charles Playhouse, Warrenton Street, Boston
Upstairs at the Charles, this is another long-run hit that takes theatre to another level. It's new. It's cool. BLUE MAN GROUP has updated the wildly popular theatrical show in Boston! Taking a closer look at the technology that both surrounds and isolates us, BLUE MAN GROUP showcases technogeek ingenuity while uniting the audience in primal, collective exhilaration. Signature BLUE MAN GROUP moments combine with breathtakingly fun new pieces for an explosive evening of entertainment It's a happening . . . ninety minutes of non-verbal mayhem. Actors painted blue from head to toe play drums, mime and most of all amuse. Their look at life is totally off the wall. The ultimate "theatre of the absurd." A must-see-to-believe event.
Tues.-Fri 8 p.m.
Sat 6:30 and 9:30pm.
Sun at 3 & 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 and $45.
Upstairs at the Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston
Tips for the Bargain Bunch!
You may be able to catch theatre in Boston for half price. Here are places where you can get discounted tickets:
BosTix sells tickets to a good variety of shows at their locations in Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, and the Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, Cambridge. BosTix is also a Ticketmaster outlet. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Not all shows offer tickets through BosTix.
The Huntington Repertory Theatre sells half-price tickets within two hours of showtime for Tuesday through Thursday performances.
The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge offers discounts to students for unsold tickets 30 minutes before showtime, and at 11 a.m. Monday, and "pay what you can" tickets are sold for available Saturday matinees.
The Charles Playhouse on Warrenton Street in Boston is offering free admission for volunteer ushers needed for its current long-run production of "Blue Man Group." Arrive one hour before showtime, and stay 15 minutes after to help clean up. You need to wear all black. If you're interested, call (617) 426-6912 for more information.