.Lyric stage closes season with "Peter and the Starcatcher" now - June 25
Lyric Stage closes its 2015-16 with an acclaimed new play that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. Peter and the Starcatcher chronicles the adventures of Molly, a girl charged to protect a cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands, and an orphan named Peter who eventually becomes The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling
Peter and the Starcatcher chronicles the adventures of Molly, a girl charged to protect a cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands, and an orphan named Peter who eventually becomes The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan that will have you hooked from the moment you let your mind take wing. As the NY Times raved, “this show never stops flying!”
"Matilda"at Boston Opera House June 14
Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony® Awards, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”
Matilda The Musical is recommended for ages 6 and up. Every person who enters the theatre, regardless of age, will require their own ticket
LETTICE AND LOVAGE British playwright Peter Shaffer (“Amadeus,’’ “Equus’’), who died Monday at age 90, created an idiosyncratic original in Lettice Duffet, the eccentric tour guide incisively portrayed by Lindsay Crouse at Gloucester Stage Company. To Lettice, all the world is indeed a stage and history naught but a rough script that can only be improved by her highly theatrical revisions. Deftly directed by Benny Sato Ambush, Shaffer’s comedy costars Marya Lowry as a preservationist who is first appalled, then beguiled, by Lettice. Through June 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com
KURIOS: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES Cirque du Soleil conjures an entrancing world that is equal parts steampunk fantasia, “Alice in Wonderland,’’ Federico Fellini, and Jules Verne. That world is brought to vaulting life by aerialists, acrobats, and other performers who manage to find loopholes in the laws of gravity, physics, and probability while using their bodies to deliver a geometry lesson. Through July 10. Cirque du Soleil at the Big Top, Suffolk Downs, East Boston. 877-924-7783, www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios
Shear Madness 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
Blue Man Group 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 Theatresells 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.