"Guess who's coming to dinner" at the Huntington Theatre Company. Now through Oct 5th.
I must confess that I thought the Huntington's choice for its season opener would be somewhat dated from the 1967 film that starred Kate Hepburn, Spencer Tracey and Sidney Poitier, but the production and subject material seem as relevant today as then. Interracial marriage is part of our culture these days but the fact remains that liberal thinking folks sometimes don't approve of controversy so close to home. Directed by David Esbjornsom, the large cast work the story with all its nuances well and Malcolm-Jamal Warner has come a long way from his role as Theo on the Cosby TV show. The play has some killer lines and although the serious subject is covered from many angles, there is plenty of room to lighten the mood. A top notch production that should do very well for the Huntington.
"The Lion King" at the Opera House. Now through Oct 12.
Would you believe the number one box office production is still Lion King which debuted on Broadway 17 years ago? A touring production, it's currently at the Boston Opera House. The charm, the color and the creativity of this Lion King is first rate. A coming of age tale that is also been turned into a movie. Boston's own Julie Taymor created the lifesize puppets that parade through the audience and on the large stage. It indeed is a visual feast and the songs by Elton John from "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" to "Hakuna Matata" are such an asset to the overall magic of the show. Let yourself go, let your imagination soar and enjoy this memorable musical.
"Far from Heaven" Now til Oct 11. Boston Center for the Arts. Now through Oct. 11.
The speakeasy stage has never shied away from shows with controversial themes. And the Boston premiere of Far From Heaven based on Tod Haynes 2002 film starring Julianne Moore falls right into place. Directed by Scott Edmiston the musical has brougth a large cast together that keep the production moving at a fast pace. The set, the series of frames serve as background for the many scene changes. The music by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie move the plot along and out perfect dissonant accompaniment for a story that deals with issues of class and confomity in Hartford, Connecticut. Opera-like in its score, Far From Heaven captures the hidden secrets and shadows that befall our Eisenhouer era cast as they try to win their way towards achiving the American dream.
"Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" Now at Lyric Stage through Oct 11
Stephen Sondheim's Tony-Award winning Sweeney Todd, a macabre musical thriller, blends Sondhmeim's characteristic wit with a sweeping and hauntingly beautiful score, grisly humor, and chiling drama. Set agains the backdrop of rhe shadowy black alleys and side street of 19-th century London, the musical follows disgraced barber Sweeney Todd on his quest for vengeance after years of unjust imprisonment and exile. With the aid of Mrs. Lovett, the proprietor of a failing pie shop, Sweeney sets out to avenge the terrible wrongs done to him and his family.
"Finding Neverland" Presented by American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge. Now through September 28, 2014
Based on the Miramax film by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, one of the most beloved stories of all time. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance"), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Finding Neverland is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstce.
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 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.