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When in debt, panic. Then sing.
Virginia Carpolotti is a devoted widow with loving memories for her recently-deceased husband. Though her love endures, her confidence in him flounders as one shady character after another comes calling for the debt that Ed put in her name, and things really heat up when a mysterious $1million ransom note appears. A delightful comic musical featuring Tony Award-nominee Penny Fuller.
Paris, 1912. The Dupont family is thrilled that their naïve daughter Paulette has married Count Robert de Trivelin. Upon return from their honeymoon, it's learned that the young bridegroom has yet to consummate the marriage. He suffers from a psychological block brought on by a train guard yelling out a phrase at an, uh…inopportune moment. Since that disruption, the Count has been unable to perform his marital duty. With only three days left to meet his mother-in-law's demand for a grandson, the Count seeks the assistance of Zeze, a courtesan passing herself off to her clientele as a prominent artist. Dupont family members manage to parade through Zeze's salon and back to the Dupont home, along with a sobbing ex-suitor of the bride, a camel dealer of unknown origin, and a maid desperate to break ties with Zeze and start a career of her own. The clock ticks, identities are mistaken, and all hell breaks loose as a chaotic race to consummate the marriage catapults the action to….a climax!
When the dog is mom's best friend.
When Kyle and Hamilton Best's mother dies in a bizarre accident involving a Filipino drag queen, the two brothers try to find common ground – often failing with hilarious results. They bicker over the details of the obituary, Kyle's unfortunate taste in men, and whom Mom loved best – only to find it may very well have been the dog.
Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland. During the summer of 1936, the five Mundy sisters welcome home their mentally and physically frail elder brother, returning from a life as a missionary in Africa. Love briefly seems possible for some of them, but their world and family are rapidly being changed and challenged as summer, dreams and hopes fade away. As the now-grown Michael shares the story of his mother and her sisters, the women join together to celebrate the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa and allow themselves one last joyous dance before reaping their bitter harvest. Vivid, layered characters and language combine in this elegant and rueful memory play that is widely regarded as Brian Friel's masterpiece, and his tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.
Told through the extensive and imaginative correspondence between two of the 20th century's most important and celebrated American poets — Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell — Dear Elizabeth is a different kind of love story, of artists and friends. Bishop and Lowell's thirty-five-year friendship served to buoy each other up in life and art, each being profoundly impacted by the other. Celebrated playwright Sarah Ruhl weaves a lyrical, moving portrait of a friendship between two writers that transcends oceans, continents, and time.
What's more powerful – a kiss or a crime?
Molly and Ray unexpectedly meet 25 years after their teenage romance. Though their kiss has had a lasting effect on both of them, the memory of their youthful fling is overshadowed by tragic revelations about what has happened in the intervening years.
Pulitzer prize winning playwright, David Lindsay Abaire, employs his brilliant humor and understanding of the human condition to take a look at class in America through the lens of his boyhood home, Southie, Boston. Margaret Walsh is a smart, wisecracking, single mom surviving on low pay and hard work. In an attempt to get ahead, she risks pride and reputation and approaches an old boyfriend, now a successful doctor, to help her. Margaret Walsh's "family" in Southie-Jean, Dottie and Stevie, are funny, endearing, loyal and unforgettable.
Joanna surprises her liberal, white parents when she brings home John, her African-American fiancé, to meet them. Both sets of parents must confront their own unexpected reactions and concerns for their children as their beliefs are put to the test. Set in the 1960s, this funny and poignant new stage adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film.
On a dark, winter night, a ghost walks the ramparts the castle. A young Prince devotes himself to avenging his fallen father. A murderer ascends to the throne. A girl in love, jilted and called to spy on her once-lover. Something's rotten in the state of Denmark in this tale of fate, free will, mortality, and madness. Join Sea Change theatre for what is often known as William Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark.
From the author of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Intimate Apparel is a loving and evocative portrait of Esther, an independent but lonely African American seamstress in early 20th-century Manhattan who earns a living sewing exquisite lingerie for wealthy socialites uptown, and women of ill repute downtown. When Esther receives a letter from a stranger who is laboring on the Panama Canal, she begins an epistolary courtship with him, only to discover that he is not all that he seems. Disillusioned but unbroken, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing machine to refashion her dreams from the cloth of her life's experiences.
Society is going to hell in a handbasket. Duke Vincentio figures the best way to rectifty a bad situation is to remove himself and put the government into the hands of the one person who can restore order, Angelo. Big mistake. Angelo may not be as righteous as the laws he enforces. We learn he's sitting on some pretty wrongheaded lust when the one innocent who pleads to him for mercy on behalf of her brother suddenly becomes the object of his deep-seeded desire. Sex, prison, and power collide in a city on the edge, and a vaulted struggle begins.
Wry, acerbic, funny, profound and heartbreaking, Middletown takes place in a small American town, where a wide array of characters' lives intersect - a cop, a librarian, a tourist, a doctor in a library, the town square, outer space, a hospital bed. There is an uncanny honesty in the characters and the dialogue. Hidden fears, anxieties, dashed hopes and dreams are expressed underneath the small-town social pleasantries. Described as a cross between Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Samuel Beckett, it won the Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play. It is filled with distinct, foibled, funny and well-written character roles with dramatic arcs for women and men.
A new musical about a young girl who disappears without a trace, her father's struggle to find her, and ultimately, himself. A heart wrenching story of love, hope, and living.
The Maine premiere of Mrs. Mannerly, a wacky comedy by Jeffrey Hatcher about an actress, with a past, who now teaches manners classes in Steubenville, Ohio.
Wellesley Summer Theatre Company is pleased to welcome the return of Actors From the London Stage for a ninth, much anticipated visit, to bring audiences Shakespeare's beloved tale of love, loss, and witty repartee. Presented in their spare, dramatic style, this troupe delights with their verbal, physical and theatrical dexterity.
Sex, murder, and terrible danger lurk just around the corner in Necessary Monsters, the new reality-bending comedy from John Kuntz, author of the award-winning plays The Salt Girl and The Hotel Nepenthe. Through a series of intricately connected stories, Kuntz pulls us into the labyrinth of the human psyche for this dream-like and darkly hilarious look at the ways that we do violence and the stories we create to keep us up at night.
The past never lets go.
Gwen thought she had successfully walked away from her troubled past. But then her ex-husband returns with news of their grown daughter's disappearance and with him come the demons that she sought to erase from her idyllic new life. A powerful drama that explores complex family dynamics.
The Maine premiere of the recent Broadway hit The Other Place by Sharr White. This psychological thriller wowed NYC audiences in 2013, and an all-star cast will bring the show to life for Good Theater patrons. If audiences like Clybourne Park and Good People, then they will love The Other Place.
Everyone loves a birthday surprise.
When two middle-aged married couples take a weekend trip to celebrate a milestone birthday, they find themselves pondering elusive romance and contemplating what comes next. This unorthodox love story proves that rejuvenation can be found at any age.
Being descended from philandering gods and bloodthirsty warriors does not make for a fate of calm karmic seas. If Phédre is troubled by her family's erotic history, it may come as no surprise that she falls hard for her stepson, Hippolytus, when her husband, Theseus, appears to be on permanent vacation. If only switching horses was that easy. Instead, monumental rage, mistrust, guilt, and ultimately death seem to be the order of the day for this family story worthy of a Greek tragedy. Oh, wait, it is a Greek tragedy - and one of epic proportions.
This classic piece will be given a whole new look making the show sexy, exciting and fresh. Allen plans to employ colorblind casting to create a modern take on this charming romantic tale.
A dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the 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.
Regrets Only by Paul Rudnick is a big over-the-top comedy that is a perfect way to chase off the winter blues. Set in an elegant NYC penthouse apartment among Manhattan's super elite, this comedy explores the latest topics of love, marriage, friendships and squandered riches.
It's a day like any other at the Shear Madness salon, when the lady upstairs gets knocked off. WHOdunit? Join the fun as the audience matches wits with the suspects to catch the killer at this wildly popular comedy whodunit.
Winner of Israel Theater Prize's Best Original Play in 2012, Gilad Evron's poetic and poignant examination of lives in conflict receives its North American premiere from Boston's own Israeli Stage, featuring the acting talents of local favorites Jeremiah Kissel, Will Lyman and Karen MacDonald. With surprising humor and powerful insight, Ulysses on Bottles tells the story of two unlikely companions who meet in prison: an Israeli-Arab literature teacher nicknamed Ulysses and a successful Israeli-Jewish attorney who takes on his case pro bono. Combined, the perspectives of the two men explore the different reactions to Gaza: the collisions of the personal and the political, morality and ambition. Evron wrestles with people living in separate realities where a life of privilege is pitted against a life of deprivation, and the story of Ulysses raises profound questions about absolute morality and personal freedom.
Six years after graduation, seven women meet for an reunion lunch and relive their college days in the early 1970's at Mount Holyoke College, measuring their youthful dreams for the future against the anguish they face living in the "real" world. Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006) changed the way contemporary women's lives were presented onstage. She celebrated the complexity of the "New York woman" long before Sex and the City arrived on the scene. Her heritage can be seen in the post-1970's "boom" of activity from women playwrights, many writing "serious" plays in Wendy's preferred genre of comedy, from Paula Vogel to Teresa Rebeck, on through toSarah Ruhl. Wasserstein was one of a handful of women who have achieved pre-eminence as a professional playwright. She won a Pulitzer Prize and was the first woman to win an unshared Tony Award for The Heidi Chronicles (1988). Further, she was our most successful commercial female playwright in the last half of the 20th century.
Divided between two worlds.
All teenagers need someone to talk to. Vuthy has chosen a skull. He is a young Cambodian-American struggling to find his place – in a community that doesn't truly accept him and in a family that seems to be disappearing. A comedic drama about finding a direction and a home.