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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Play
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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Concert
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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Violet

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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Disgraced

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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