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The history of passports, smuggling Kentucky Fried Chicken into other countries, and the peculiarities of airline security — it's all covered in this miraculous, one-man saga that unpacks how the mundane details that govern global travel become the actual journey.
17 Border Crossings is a surreal sojourn that transports us to very real places: Hungary, Serbia, Morocco, Colombia, Holland, and Mexico, to name a few. In the deft, mischievous manner of a trickster, Thaddeus Phillips manages to float huge questions that surround the fraught migrations of our era.
With all the childlike curiosity and adult skepticism of monologist Spalding Gray and the theatrical wizardry of a Robert Lepage, Phillips takes audiences by the hand on a trip around the world and shows us that when we cross the imaginary lines that divide the world, the real borders come to light.
In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, an eclectic group of six adolescents, all played by adults, vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (possibly made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is one of the funniest musicals ever written.
A new tango-infused dance theater piece, Arrabal follows one woman's quest to understand the violence that took her father and disrupted a nation. Told through dance and the propulsive music of the band Bajofondo, the show features an ensemble and band direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (choreography, Invisible Thread, Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal) with music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) and book by Tony Award nominee John Weidman (Contact, Assassins) Arrabal invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires' tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past.
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It's about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. This critically acclaimed comedy earned the Tony award for Best Play and has gone on to receive rave reviews across the world.
A viciously funny new take on family drama that skewers the stories we celebrate.
In a small house in the mountains of Ireland, a lonely spinster locks horns with her house-bound, manipulative mother in a rage-filled battle of the wills. Written by Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan), one of Ireland's most important contemporary playwrights, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a subversive thriller that takes audiences through the twists and turns of the ultimate dysfunctional relationship, revealing what can happen when family ties go too far…way too far.
Twenty years ago, the Druid Theatre Company's production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane rocked America and Broadway; the show was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning four. Druid returns with Tony-winning director Garry Hynes' remount of this spectacular production. Marie Mullen, who won the Tony for her performance as the daughter, returns this time in the role of the mother, while Aisling O'Sullivan takes up the daughter's role.
Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one.
This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It's an outrageous evening of entertainment you'll never forget.
Don't miss the show that has captivated 35 million people worldwide.
Blue Man Group - enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation.
Bodytraffic has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, creating world-class contemporary dance by today's most distinctive choreographers. Now the company presents the Boston premieres of The New 45 (excerpts), choreographed by Richard Siegal; Private Games: Chapter One, choreographed by Anton Lachky; Once Again, Before You Go, choreographed by Victor Quijada; and A Trick of the Light, choreographed by Joshua L. Peugh.
Notes: Free pre-performance talks with Boston Dance Alliance executive director Debra Cash take place 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA Theatre lobby. A free post-performance Q&A with the company takes place on Friday, March 10.
Brecht on Brecht celebrates one of the 20th century's greatest dramatists in a stunning revue of his life's work. Featuring songs and scenes from Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Bertolt Brecht's most famous collaborations, as well as first-hand accounts from Brecht himself, Brecht on Brecht explores the political and social issues he faced as an artist fleeing Nazism and his eventual exile in America.
A chance meeting between an Italian-American farm wife and a world weary photographer leads to a soul-stirring affair in this lush, lyrical musical by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning team of Marsha Norman ('night, Mother) and Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World). Winner of two Tony Awards, this sweeping saga combines thrilling intimacy with near-operatic grandeur for a heart-rending reflection on love, loss, and acceptance.
Vanessa Williams with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 PM
Megan Hilty with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 PM
Andrea Martin with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 PM
Kristin Chenoweth with Mary-Mitchell Campbell at the piano
Sunday, August 14 at 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM
Audra McDonald with special guest Will Swenson with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Monday, August 22 at 8:00 PM
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Summer of 69: No Apostrophe Monday, August 29 at 8:00 PM
Patti LuPone, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda with music director Joseph Thalken
Friday, September 2 at 7:30 PM
Claudia Rankine's brilliant, lyrical examination of the state of race in America, which she now translates to the stage, raises an urgent flag of emergency in our country. Citizen challenges audiences to rumble with the devastating and accumulating impact of the most intimate indifferences and aggressions of daily life in these United States. Winner of the National Book Award for 2014, Citizen: An American Lyric has been heralded as one of the best books of the past decade and is the only book of poetry ever to land on The New York Times list of Best Sellers. Working with her longtime collaborator, video artist John Lucas, the piece is visually stunning and emotionally moving as it brings us face to face with ourselves at a time when we're looking elsewhere for answers.
A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp satire takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. Bruce Norris' play Clybourne Park, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 2012 Tony Award for best play, overflows with dirty words. None seems filthier in context, however, than "tribes," "territory," "property," "society," or "community," all of which are burdened with the intersecting stories of race and class in this country. Clybourne Park is both satirical and deeply troubling as it provides an emotionally raw look at race in America, where everything and nothing seems to change.
Note: A post-show talkback with the cast is scheduled for Sunday, February 26. A pre-show conversation is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, at 6:30pm.
The Donkey Show is the intoxicating international sensation that takes you behind the velvet ropes into a glittered wonderland of decadence, divas, and disco, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the disco hits you know by heart as The Donkey Show unfolds all around you. It's a show . . . it's a party . . . it's the ultimate disco experience.
Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.
Actors' Shakespeare Project kicks off 2017 with Christopher Marlowe's complex Edward II, a play about the notorious English king who forsook everything for his public and private passions — only to meet horrific ends at the hands of his queen and his conniving noblemen.
Marlowe used the tumultuous history of 14th-century England to share one man's struggle between self-identity and the demands of his court and kingdom. Now his Edward II is presented in a taut new version that pares the play to eight characters to suit its intensity and the intimate performance space. In the wake of Edward I's death, his son has taken the throne as Edward II. His radical ideas around affairs of state, lack of military acumen, and loyalty to his ambitious lover Piers Gaveston pit him against powerful nobles and his calculating Queen Isabella. These conflicts lead to Gaveston's exile and murder, new and shifting romantic loyalties on all sides, and revenge and retribution that ultimately seal Edward's fate.
When Aine returns home to Ireland to introduce her American fiancé to her family, she finds her younger sister pregnant, her mother still over-controlling, and her father suffering from a bad heart. Her departure might have been the cause, but some wounds never heal. A play about guilt, mercy, and the power of love.
Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon is a story of recovery, resilience, and determination that focuses on how a community came together to heal and grow stronger, rather than on the act of violence itself. The script is created verbatim from dozens of interviews. Among those interviewed are survivors, runners, doctors, police officers, journalists, clergy, students, and many others. Notable interviewees who contributed their stories include Police Commissioner William Evans, news anchor Maria Stephanos, Life is Good founder John Jacobs, Boston Strong co-author Dave Wedge, 1976 Marathon winner Jack Fultz, and Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki.
A sidesplitting and heart-warming comedy brimming with misunderstanding and mischief, The Foreigner may be one of the funniest American plays ever written. Based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea", the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.
The Franklin expedition to the Arctic in 1845 sought the Northwest Passage and instead found ice, starvation, and insanity. The ship was never found. Modern-day underwater archeologist Caroline has been searching for three years, but time is running out. Two crews, two ships, and one 200-year-old mystery.
A humorous and introspective Boston-area premiere, The Gift Horse follows Ruth, a successful teacher and artist, whose quick and easy wit masks a painful childhood. With the support of her best friend Ernesto and therapist Brian she finally confronts her tumultuous past in a play infused with nationally-acclaimed playwright Lydia R. Diamond's distinctive voice.
Featuring Bobbie Steinbach (Collected Stories, The Clean House), Golda's Balcony follows Golda Meir from her humble beginnings as a Wisconsin school teacher to her meteoric rise through Israel's early political system, becoming one of the world's first elected female heads of state and one of the most influential women in Jewish history.
A Play Adapted by Terry Johnson Based on the Novel by Charles Webb and the Motion Picture Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.
Called to a life of religious service, Shelley now struggles to find meaning in her work as the manager of a Bronx soup kitchen. The arrival of Emma, a college dropout looking for a sense of purpose, is at first a welcome addition, but the girl's erratic behavior soon pushes Shelley to the breaking point, in this compelling drama about the mysteries of faith, forgiveness, and compassion.
Regarded by many as one of the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success…while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents' landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with artful humor, heart, and sophistication. The celebrated score, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, boasts one glorious hit after another, including: "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You'll Never Get Away from Me," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Get A Gimmick," and "Together Wherever We Go."
When two off-duty British soldiers go for a drink on the outskirts of Belfast in 1979, they meet two local girls. What seems like a typical night at the pub turns into something much darker. Decades later, reliving that night for an oral history project, Dave reopens old wounds that send him back to Belfast in search of answers and revenge. An Irish tragedy.
"In a living room strewn with vinyl records, beer bottles and drug paraphernalia, a mustached man begins railing about his missing copy of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks album, and it seems he won't back down until the universe bestows upon him some elusive state of grace. Part Gonzo rock performance, part mental breakdown — all thrillingly theatrical— How To Be A Rock Critic pulls the greatest hits from Bangs' own legendary words to imagine a single night of his turbulent life.
Inside his wild, all-night typewriter sessions, Lester Bangs embraced mistakes as strokes of genius, popularized now ubiquitous terms like "Heavy Metal" and "Punk Rock," and died of an overdose at the Biblical age of 33. Join us for an evening with music's great, lost critical voice."
In Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer, an ambitious geneticist is hired to help figure out why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes. However, her research threatens to destroy the tribe's most sacred traditions. With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, Informed Consent explores the question of just how much knowledge is too much. And who gets to decide?
Note: This play was inspired by the case of Havasupai Tribe vs. the Arizona Board of Regents. Each performance is followed by a reception with the actors in the gallery.
While this Tony Award winning play debuted in 1955, its story is as relevant today as it was then. One of the most outstanding dramas of our time, Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial. The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in one explosive battle of beliefs. Attorney Henry Drummond faces off against fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady in a small Tennessee town where teacher Bertram Cates has been brought to trial for teaching Darwinism.
Join an epic musical journey that reimagines one of the strangest and most familiar stories in the Old Testament. Jonah and the Whale is an unforgettable story of faith, loss, and survival against unbeatable odds. This new musical, with its exciting ensemble cast, features an original pop-folk score.
This timeless captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women, follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested - her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire (Wicked) to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. Thus was born Matchless, a rekindling of Anderson's classic tale of the Little Match Girl from a surprising point of view. A story for all ages about being open to life's magic transformations: how love can make a family, and how imagination can find beauty in the most unexpected places.
In lyrical, sculptural transcendence, Maureen Fleming invents surreal movement poetry, curving her body into shapes of shattering beauty. Fleming's new multimedia creation, B. Madonna, features text by David Henry Hwang and music by Philip Glass (performed live by pianist Bruce Brubaker), original accordion music by Guy Klucevsek, and taiko drumming by Kaoru Watanabe. This beautiful multimedia meditation on miracles juxtaposes Fleming's new and repertory work with 3-D video projections designed by longtime collaborator Christopher Odo.
Notes: This performance contains nudity. Free pre-performance talks with Boston Dance Alliance executive director Debra Cash take place 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA Theatre lobby. A free post-performance Q&A with the artist takes place on Friday, April 21.
"The course of true love never did run smooth." Dashed expectations force flummoxed lovers into the mystical wilderness where enchantment and confusion await, all for our gleeful benefit.
Murder For Two, the perfect comedic blend of music, mayhem and murder, comes to us from a smash hit off-Broadway run. In this hilarious show, two performers play thirteen roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.
Log in. Choose an identity. Live out your private dreams. This is life in the Nether — a lush, virtual wonderland offering total sensory immersion free of judgment and, seemingly, consequence. But when a real-world cop discovers a disturbing form of entertainment in "The Hideaway" realm, she triggers a virtual investigation with gasp-worthy revelations and an unimagined result. Part fairy tale, part sci-fi thriller, The Nether is a taut, haunting, and highly original play for our times.
On the edge of the Mexican jungle, a group of troubled travelers seek shelter from a storm. Directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man), Williams' feverishly poetic 1961 drama follows a hotel proprietress and the scandal-soaked Southern preacher who turns up on her veranda. A Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her ancient grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and a party of vacationers round out the roster of misfits in this drama about how far we travel to outrun the demons within.
In this genre-defying work of concert performance featuring 20 artists on stage, Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower brings together 30 powerful songs drawn from 200 years of African-American song traditions to give musical life to Butler's acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name. Written by Toshi Reagon, who Vibe Magazine called "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride," in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable of the Sower becomes a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.
The time was 1866, less than a year after President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. His brother Edwin Booth, one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the 19th century, decided to perform Hamlet on Broadway, a role he had performed in the past to great acclaim. A huge crowd turned up for the performance — but it wasn't clear whether they were there to see the actor perform or to exact their revenge.
Jacob Fishel, an actor with a wide-ranging career on television as well as on and off-Broadway, takes on the role of Booth.
A jazzy, sexy twist on the chanson tradition, Paris Combo is an irresistible affair loaded with attitude and charm. Fronted by the mischievous vocals of Belle du Berry, the Paris-based quintet pays homage to a century of French cabaret music with the smoldering influences of swinging Gypsy jazz and French pop.
"What do you see?" Famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his young assistant, Ken, the loaded question. What's art? And who gets to decide anyway? It's 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He and Ken work feverishly in his New York studio—until Ken begins to realize his answers to those fundamental questions about art are very different than his mentor's. Winner of six Tony Awards, this sizzling drama is one of the most intellectually riveting shows to recently hit Broadway.
When cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn, the two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a dangerous and hilarious game of one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed. Ripcord is a deliciously inappropriate new comedy from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire.
Representing over 1,000 years of Chinese martial arts culture, Shaolin Warriors showcases the remarkable skill, stunning artistry, and death-defying martial arts prowess of more than 20 kung fu masters. This spectacular theatrical display features many forms of Shaolin kung fu as well as a look at the daily life of the warriors and their Zen philosophy. Beginning at a very young age, the kung fu masters are trained in mental and physical disciplines, perfecting the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat, which allows them to perform astounding feats of athleticism.
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
At Harvard Observatory at the turn of the 20th century, Henrietta Leavitt joins a group of women tasked with charting the heavens without being allowed to touch a telescope. Despite restrictions placed on her because of her sex, Henri devotes her life to the study of celestial bodies just out of reach, balancing the needs of love and family close at hand. Inspired by the real-life woman whose work allowed astronomers to measure the distance of faraway galaxies, Lauren Gunderson's melodious, evocative Silent Sky challenges how we explore our universe by revealing the music of the stars.
Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) has crafted a wonderfully varied and theatrical song cycle reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris. Artfully blending pop, jazz, and gospel in powerful solo and ensemble styles, this musical takes you on multiple journeys that result in that 'moment of decision' we inevitably face in our own lives. Featuring Broadway Tony nominee, Barbara Walsh (Falsettos, Company) and directed by Artistic Director, Robert Walsh.
Sarah Ruhl's backstage comedy about the perilous nature of love, on-stage and off.
This classic tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition in 1949 Hollywood centers on the relationship between down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis and silent film star Norma Desmond.
Lincoln and Booth are brothers: best friends and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former 3-card monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but the consequences could be deadly. Suzan-Lori Parks made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this darkly comic, deeply theatrical fable about family wounds and healing bonds. The New York Times calls it a "thrilling comic drama. Dazzlingly written!"
Brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. A fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit Disgraced.