The Testament of Mary

February 7, 2016
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Play (2013)
by Colm Tóibín
Directed by Jim Petosa
New Repertory Theater
Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
January 30 – February 28, 2016
Featuring Paula Langton

A very human interpretation of the death of Jesus, as imagined through an account given by his mother, Mary.

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The Convert

February 6, 2016
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Play (2012)
by Danai Gurira
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Central Square Theater
Central Square, Cambridge
January 28 – February 28, 2016

A superb production of a superbly written play about Africans under the influence of Christianity in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Nice Fish

January 24, 2016
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by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins
Drawn from the words of
Louis Jenkins
Directed by Claire Van Kampen
American Repertory Theater
Loeb Theater, Harvard University
Harvard Square, Cambridge
January 17 – February 7, 2016
With Kayli Carter, Bob Davis,
Louis Jenkins, Jim Lichtscheidl,
Mark Rylance

A wonderful, comedic reverie set at an ice-fishing camp on a frozen lake in Minnesota, making use of Louis Jenkins’ delightful prose poetry, with existential overtones lurking around every hilarious corner.

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Sondheim on Sondheim

January 17, 2016
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Musical (2010)
Music and lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim
Conceived by James Lapine
Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Copley Square area, Boston
January 15 – February 21, 2016

An exquisitely good film-enhanced musical production exhibiting the work and life of one of musical theater’s greatest lyricists and composers.

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Citizens of the Empire

January 16, 2016
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Play (2016)
A Space Opera by
Kevin Mullins
Directed by Lindsay Eagle
Boston Public Works
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
January 8 – 23, 2016

A space epic set eight hundred years in the future.

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David Finckel, Wu Han,
David Shifrin

January 15, 2016
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David Finckel, cello
Wu Han, piano
David Shifrin, clarinet
Works by Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms
Celebrity Series of Boston
Jordan Hall, Boston
January 15, 2016, 8pm

A delightfully nuanced account of an array of Romantic pieces for the somewhat unlikely combination of piano, cello and clarinet.

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January 14, 2016
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Musical (1997)
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and lyrics by Brian Crawley
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Speakeasy Stage Company
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
January 9 – February 6, 2016

A lively and very well produced musical about a young woman on a bus journey through the South in 1964 to visit a faith healer.

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January 13, 2016
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Play (2012)
by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
Huntington Theatre Company
Boston University Theater
Symphony Hall area
January 8 – February 7, 2016

A comedic melodrama featuring a Pakistani Muslim corporate attorney in New York, his Caucasian American artist wife, a female African-American lawyer colleague, and her white Jewish-American art-dealer husband. Sparks fly.

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