Boston Metro Spotlight: April 2011
Birth of a Prophet
Also, as a salute to freedom of speech, the Huntington is supporting a student production of Karam's columbinus -- his 2002 take on the Columbine massacre -- at the adjacent Roberts Studio Theatre (April 15-17). Young director Emma Feinberg was preparing the show at her suburban high school when a parent complained and the principal pulled the plug.
At the BCA's Plaza Theatre, Imaginary Beasts assays Polish avant-gardist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz's signature 1923 play The Crazy Locomotive (April 1-16). Company One takes over the black box for Suzan Lori-Parks' The Book of Grace (April 15 - May 7). In it, Steven Barkhimer plays Vet, a violence-prone Texan border patrol officer; Jesse Tolbert his troubled, mixed-race, ex-soldier son; and Frances Idlebrook his second wife, Grace, an eternal optimist who's hard pressed to keep the peace.
The Actors' Shakespeare Project takes on those classic lover/fighters, Antony & Cleopatra, at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University (April 27 - May 22); Paula Plum plays the Egyptian enchantress, Jim Andreassi her Roman conquest. Boston Lyric Opera brings us the Bard in musicalized form with the Benjamin Britten/Peter Pears adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre (April 29 - May 10); Tazewell Thompson directs a distinguished international cast.
Just passing through: Patti LuPone in concert mode, with The Gypsy in My Soul at Symphony Hall (April 3), as part of the Celebrity Series, and -- courtesy of Broadway Across America -- a reprise of Harry Connick, Jr. & Orchestra at the Colonial Theatre (April 26-30) and Grease at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre (April 27 - May 1). The Institute for Contemporary Art gets a fleeting visit from the experimental-minded National Theater of the United States of America, whose ever-morphing Chautauqua! (April 1-3) will showcase local pundits and performers.
The Boston theater community is mourning the loss of playwright/director/professor Jon Lipsky, whose Walking the Volcano -- eight loosely linked playlets inspired by the '60s -- will be getting a joint production from Underground Railway Theater, Boston Center for American Performance, and Playwrights' Theatre at Boston University, at the latter's black-box theatre (April 14 - May 1). The four-person cast includes Boston notables Gabriel Kuttner and Paula Langton. In concert with Catalyst [email protected], Underground Railway is also co-producing Breaking the Code (April 7 - May 8), Hugh Whitemore's portrait of British mathematician -- and World War II intelligence hero -- Alan Turing (Allyn Burrows), whose life was destroyed by a charge of gross indecency.
The feisty Theatre on Fire, based at the Charlestown Working Theatre, has put together a promising U.S. premiere: Blackadder II: Live (April 8-23), adapted from the '80s BBC faux-historical comedy series. CWT will also be hosting the National Centre for Aesthetics Small Theatre from Yerevan, Armenia, in a dance-theatre performance, Seventh Sense (April 27 - May 4).
Merrimack Rep in Lowell offers the regional premiere of Jeffery Hatcher's A Picasso (April 21 - May 15), starring Mark Zeisler as the artist and Kate Udall as the German cultural emissary charged with authenticating -- and appropriating -- his work in occupied Paris. Trinity Rep, in Providence, Rhode Island, is plumbing a comic perennial, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias (April 15 - May 15), featuring the redoubtable Anne Scurria as Ouiser.