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The Tempest in Arlington Apr. 21st, 2015 @ 01:11 pm
Verse and Vodka Theater is presenting a staged reading of The Tempest on May 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the Arlington Elks Club as the last play of their season.  Doors and bar open at 7pm.  The audience is welcome to bring their dinner (just buy your drinks there) and 8 tickets bought together will reserve you a table.  Show starts at 8.  The actors move throughout the audience with scripts in hand during the show.  Audience is welcome to stay until we close the place down at 11pm.

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Knight of the Burning Pestle Opens Next Week! Apr. 16th, 2015 @ 01:48 pm
Theatre@First proudly presents

Knight of the Burning Pestle

Unity Somerville
6 William Street, Somerville

$15 for Adults
$12 for Students & Seniors
$5 for Children Under 12

Thursday, April 23
Friday, April 24
Saturday, April 25
Thursday, April 30th - Autism-Friendly Night!
Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2

Francis Beaumont's overlooked Elizabethan gem comes to glorious life with a surprisingly modern flair. Breaking through the fourth wall and upending the conventions of Shakespeare's time, this comic masterpiece features giants and monsters, unforgiving parents and unsavory innkeepers, heroic grocers and dastardly suitors as two plots intertwine to riotous effect!

Autism-Friendly Night (April 30) presents the show adjusted to accommodate the needs of theatregoers on the autism spectrum and with other sensory issues.

Parent-Friendly Matinee (May 2) especially welcomes parents--kids are welcome to join the audience or play upstairs with experienced caregivers during the show.

Visit our website to buy tickets, or make free advance reservations and find out more about this exciting show!

Yet another Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Oct. 13th, 2014 @ 10:23 am
This time, it's from The Longwood Players, coming up in November. Theatre @First already did a great take on this earlier this year, but I know at least a few of us are happy to see this show plenty of times. :-)

Fall College Shakespeare Sep. 2nd, 2014 @ 09:12 am
I suspect this is far from comprehensive (that, or there's a depressing lack of cheap Bard options; I'm not counting Art @ Emerson and their $60 Lear here). But here's a few that are already listed:

BU/New Rep: A Midsummer Night's Dream. October 25. Okay, not truly a college troupe, but $20 still feels like a reasonable price.

BU: Henry IV, Part 1. October 23-26. Yes, the headline says "Henry VI," but based on the description, that's clearly a typo. This is the Femina Shakespeare troupe, who always do a great job (and as always, it's free).

MIT: Othello October 31st, November 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th. MIT's been consistently doing amazing productions over the last five or six years. There's been enough cast turnover in the last year to make me a bit nervous, but I'm still planning on going to see how well the new kids can carry on the legacy. No price yet, but if it's like past productions, expect $12 for general public, $9 for students.

Harvard: Pericles: Prince of Tyre: November 7-9. Also free. Not normally one of my favorite plays, but I'll give it a shot.

Emerson appears to have Taming of the Shrew planned for December (but with no times/dates/prices listed yet). I'll update once info is available.

The Wellesley and BU ensemble pages haven't been updated yet, but it's safe to assume they'll have something (and I'll update the post once I find out). Brandeis's Hold Thy Peace troupe was making noises about doing Midsummer, but I can't find anything definite online yet. BC's got a couple of Spring plans (including a January production), but nothing in the fall. Nothing at Northeastern (they're choosing Sophocles over Shakespeare).

Let me know if I missed anything, and I'll update the post and hopefully we'll have more cheap Bard options coming up.

Henry the 4th Tickets Now on Sale Aug. 1st, 2014 @ 11:11 am
Summer Shakespeare heats up in Somerville ​​

​​8pm evening shows:
Thursday August 21
Friday ​​August 22
Saturday ​August 23
Wednesday ​August 27
Thursday August 28
Friday August 29

4pm matinee show:
Saturday August 30

Unity Somerville
6 William St, Somerville

TICKETS: $15 for adults
$12 for students/seniors.
Group discounts available.

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For tickets and more information about ​​Henry the 4th and Theatre@First, visit​ ​
Other entries
» Shakespeare Slam!
Theatre@First welcomes you to the stage this Sunday for an afternoon of beer with the Bard!

Get up on stage and strut your Shakespeare stuff! Monologues, sonnets, stand-up...where there's Will, there's a way to the stage! Or sit back, relax and enjoy performances by some of the best Shakespeareans in the Boston area.

$5 to participate, $10 to watch! We'll have materials on hand in case you're inspired in the moment to get your Bard of Avon on.

From 2:00-2:30 PM, you can order food and drinks, sign up for last-minute performance slots, or just catch up with friends. Performances will begin at 2:30!

We'll have exciting performers ready to entertain us, trivia contests and prizes, and a sneak preview of Theatre@First's upcoming production of Henry the 4th!
» Silly Shakespeare, available cheap!
Local Shakespeare fans should take advantage of this Pay What You Want opportunity to see two great shows. Not only do you get the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), but also a pre-show performance of Michael Anderson's wonderful works, collectively titled Hallucinating Shakespeare. Do Not Miss!
» Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Free Shakespeare On The Common July 23 - August 10, 2014
» Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Opens This Friday!
R&G Goldstar
Theatre@First celebrates our 10th Anniversary with the show that started it all!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Elizabeth Hunter

For tickets and more info, please visit our website!

April 4-12, 2014
Davis Square Theatre
255 Elm Street under The Foundry Restaurant

Full of some of the greatest wordplay in English drama, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead examines the meaning of death and the questions of life from an absurdist perspective that leaves audiences laughing at their own folly and gasping at the truths revealed.

Double-Deal! Enjoy dinner and a show!
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead patrons get 10% off food purchases at Foundry or Saloon with a same-day ticket stub.
- Ticket purchases at the box office get a $5 discount when a same-day receipt from Foundry or Saloon is presented.

» Gender Swapped Taming of the Shrew in Arlington
Thanks to hermionesviolin's post, I just remembered this group and that there are people here who might be interested in this show.

I'm directing a gender swapped production of Taming of the Shrew being done in Arlington on March 22, 28 and 29.  We've got the men playing the women's parts and vice versa.  Some people view Shrew as a misogynistic, outdated play.  The experiment I wanted to try was whether by swapping the roles it becomes simply a love story between two socially maladjusted people.  While I expected this to be interesting, I have been fascinated at what swapping the genders has done.  In the hope that some of you will come see it, I won't say more so your own experience won't be tainted one way or the other.

Verse and Vodka Theater takes a bit of an unconventional approach to theater for all our shows.  We perform at the Arlington Elks Club in the function room.  The bar opens an hour before the show so people can socialize with friends, the bar stays open throughout the show and people are welcome to hangout after the show until 11:00.  Performances are semi-staged with scripts in hand and actors moving among the audience.  We charge pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $10.

Verse and Vodka's website is here.
Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets here.
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