One of Boston's largest and most respected theater companies, Huntington Theatre Company brings over the all-male Shakespearean theater company Propeller from England to perform two of Shakespeare’s classics. The Comedy of Errors induces cheek-cramping laughter and hand-on-knee violence with the tale of two sets of identical twins—separated at birth—reuniting after 25 years. The two-hour-and-15-minute display of mistaken identities, slapstick comedy, and a festive mariachi band includes one intermission.
Music connoisseurs and building buffs regard Symphony Hall as one of the finest concert halls in the world. Sixteen replicas of Greek and Roman statues line the walls, and its airy space lends a majestic resonance to each string pluck and unexpected sneeze. Opened in 1900, Symphony Hall was the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustic principle, sloping inward to help focus the sound of the orchestra's stirring string renditions.
Members of the lauded burlesque troupe The Boston Babydolls share their accumulated skills during fun courses and workshops that welcome anyone regardless of experience level. During four-week intro courses, they'll cover burlesque fundamentals such as shimmies, bumps, and tassel twirling, as well as go over burlesque history and costuming. Courses cover topics such as how to build an alluring burlesque bra to spice up established dance routines.
The Boston Babydolls have won the Boston Phoenix's Boston's Best Readers Poll in 2012, 2011, and 2010 for their mélange of sensual dance routines, tinged with devilish comedy and retro style from the 1920s and 1950s. Singing, magic, and circus arts spice up their performances to keep guests entranced without the use of ancient incantations.
Directed by Paul Daigneault, the campy tale stars Leigh Barrett as Jeannie Garstecki, an agoraphobic housewife who hasn't left the trailer in 20 years. When her husband Norbert, played by David Benoit, falls prey to the siren call of their new stripper neighbor, things take a trashy turn. Sit back for a dance-and-song-filled exploration of road kill, spray cheese, adultery, and disco with today's side deal.
Since 1974, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has made it its mission to dazzle audiences with diverse productions and has basked in a continual shower of accolades as a result. During the icy days of January, Superior Donuts warms theatergoers with a roaring fire of laughter as the story's young, street-savvy star nudges a curmudgeonly donut-shop owner to adopt modern business ideas and fiber-optic sprinkles.
Though Central Square Theater dates back only to 2008, its resident troupes, The Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater, predate the building by 20 and 30 years respectively. With two large, diversely talented companies, the theater is able to produce something for all ages, from playful puppet shows for little ones to challenging works for grown-ups, such as Car Talk: The Musical!