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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​ ​

Shakespeare Slam! Jul. 25th, 2014 @ 05:58 pm
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! Jul. 8th, 2014 @ 10:07 am
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 Jun. 30th, 2014 @ 07:15 pm

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Opens This Friday! Mar. 30th, 2014 @ 07:11 pm
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.

Other entries
» 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.
» Twelfth Night at MIT Shakespeare Ensemble
We've been taking our daughter to MIT Shakespeare Ensemble plays for her birthday ever since their fantastic Romeo and Juliet in 2011, and since she was home for Spring Break/her birthday, we caught their newest version of Twelfth Night.

I've probably seen more Twelfth Nights than any other play since we've moved to Boston; our first was at MIT back in '07, and we've seen multiples at Harvard (including the one set at a Woodstock-like festival, complete with Feste as a pot dealer), at Theatre @ First, and at other places. I don't tend to have favorites, since I've loved every production, and each brings something different.

This one is a nice showcase for the graduating players and some of the newer cast members. Keenan Sunderwirth and Mark Velednitsky -- who we first saw in R&J as Benvolio and Friar Laurence -- have emerged as two of the troop's stars over the years, and this was a good play for them to graduate with (although their performances last fall as simultaneous Hamlets will probably be the ones I remember best). Sunderwirth brings a nice mix of drama and physical comedy as Viola, doing a good job of carrying some of the plot's irony with facial expressions as well as her delivery. And Velednitsky takes a tough male role -- really, the best male parts in this play are reserved for the clowns -- and adds some nice gravitas. They also do a superb job in Act 2, Scene 4 (the one in which Viola talks of her "sister" who pined away from love), putting a whole ton of subtext (and not-so-subtext) onto the stage.

As for the newer Ensemble members, last fall's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Noelle Colant and Amelia Smith, get to be more individual this time as Olivia and Feste, respectively. Both are tough roles, and they carry them nicely. The rest of the servants also do their parts well, with David Perelman as a properly uptight Malvolio, Majdolene Khweis as a slick Sir Toby, Colin Aitken as an very-befuddled Andrew, and Stephanie Cheng as a very impressive Maria (Cheng, like Sunderworth, does a great job with facial expressions). The physical humor of the servants is generally one of the things that makes or breaks a production of this play, and they deliver in spades here.

There's one small role that feels painfully miscast (or who might just have had opening-night jitters), but given the nature of college productions, I'm not inclined to single out one subpar performance. It's not enough to ruin the play, and that's what matters.

Overall, the production's well worth seeing, with some painfully funny moments, small little bits that work really well, and some nice twists on what you'd expect throughout (I'm avoiding specific production spoilers because the production is still running, and folks should get the chance to see what they do).
» Shakespeare Spring 2014 (post-Ides)
In October, I posted as comprehensive a list of 2013-2014 Shakespeare as I could find. We're now about mid-way through Spring semester, and a lot more places have spring (and sometimes even summer -- I'm looking at you, Shakespeare & Company out in Lenox) shows up that weren't listed back in October. So below is a list of all the publicly posted upcoming Shakespeare shows in the Boston area (I'm including farther afield shows under a cut-tag at the bottom) that I'm aware of.


Twelfth Night

March 20, 21, 22 at 8pm
La Sala, 2nd floor, MIT Student Center (Building W20)


BU CFA School of Theatre


March 21-23

Room: "Jewels 2" Miller Studio Theatre 356
Building: College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents William Shakespeare's MACBETH, directed by Clay Hopper, March 21-23. A 90-minute rendering of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy and devised for a company of eight actors, this workshop production will serve as a prelude to a full production next fall with New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company. CRC, New Rep’s flagship educational outreach program, tours professional productions of classic and modern works of relevant literature to schools, colleges, and community centers throughout New England. For more information on CRC visit No reservations are necessary for this FREE event.



Sexyback: or what you will

One Night Only! Monday, March 24th at 8:00pm

FREE ADMISSION! Note: This is a workshop performance.

2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Part of the OBERON New Works Series.

From Touch Performance Art, the resident company of OBERON, comes their newest work, Sexyback: or what you will -- a new immersive club-theater experience of boy band hits and killer dance moves- inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Sexyback captures the feeling of that NSYNC concert you went crazy for with a traditional male ensemble that ignites the boy band fever we had- plus all the hilarious gender-bending glory of Shakespeare. Party, drink at the bar, and dance to all the hits as the show fulfills all your NSYNC reunion fantasies.



Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
by Tom Stoppard

Friday April 4, 2014 7 pm
Saturday April 5, 2014 4 pm (matinee)
Sunday April 6, 2014 7 pm

Wednesday April 9, 2014 7 pm
Thursday April 10, 2014 7 pm
Friday April 11, 2014 7 pm
Saturday April 12, 2014 4 pm (matinee)

The Davis Square Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville


Wellesley College

Julius Caesar

Thursday April 10th at 7pm
Friday April 11th at 7pm
Saturday April 12th at 7pm
Sunday April 13th at 6pm

Thursday April 17th at 7pm
Friday April 18th at 7pm
Saturday April 19th at 7pm
Sunday April 20th at 6pm


HRD (Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Agassiz Theater
14 Mason Street
(Main entrance from within Radcliffe Yard)
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thursday, April 17th at 7:30p.m.
Friday, April 18th at 7:30p.m.
Saturday, April 19th at 2:30p.m.

Saturday, April 19th at 7:30p.m.
Sunday, April 20th at 2:30p.m.

It's 1999 in sunny Southern California, and as Athens prepares for a huge wedding, Hermia and Lysander steal into the forest to elope. Demetrius and Helena follow, entangling the four in a web of obsession and rejection. Unbeknownst to the lovers, the forest has become a hotbed of raves and glow sticks. The mortals soon become pawns in a battle of wills between the ravers' Fairy King Oberon and his Queen Titania. Hilarity, mischief, love, and lust abound in this raucous re-imaging of Shakespeare's classic tale.


BU Shakespeare Society

The Winter's Tale

April 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm

BU Student Theater at Agannis Arena
925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


Actors' Shakespeare Project

As You Like It

April 17 - May 18

The Springstep Building
98 George P. Hassett Drive


Longwood Players

Kiss Me, Kate
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack

May 2, 3, 8, 9 at 8pm
May 10 at 2pm and 8pm

Cambridge YMCA Theater
820 Mass. Ave.
Central Square, Cambridge


A.R.T. (American Repertory Theater)

The Tempest

May 10, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA

Experience Prospero’s wizardry as never before in this startling production, featuring magic created by Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). When shipwrecked aristocrats wash up on the shores of Prospero’s strange island, they find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, where Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's Dust Bowl balladry and Teller’s magic animate the spirits and monsters. The Tempest is a co-production with The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Nevada.


A.R.T. (American Repertory Theater)

Twelfth Night

May 23 - 30, 2014

The Ex
64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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» Shakespeare 2013-2014
There doesn't seem to be the abundance of cheap/free Shakespeare that there was last year, but here's an attempt at a comprehensive list of area Shakespeare scheduled for this season.

Apparently this is the year of Romeo & Juliet (and Julius Caesar and Midsummer).



Romeo & Juliet
October 2 - November 3, 2013 | The Strand Theatre, Dorchester
543 Columbia Road, Boston


BU - free events

A devised work conceived by the company
Lillian King, director

October 17-20
Thu, Oct 17, 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 18, 8pm
Sat, Oct 19, 5pm
Sun, Oct 20, 1pm and 7pm

College of Fine Arts, Studio 102
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


BU - free events


October 23-27
Wed, Oct 23, 7:30pm
Thu, Oct 24, 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 25, 5pm
Sat, Oct 26, 4pm
Sun, Oct 27, 5pm

Join BU’s all-female Femina Shakespeare troupe (Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Henry V) for the Bard’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

College of Fine Arts, “Jewels 1” Miller Studio Theatre 352
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


BU - New Rep

William Shakespeare’s

Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm
Individual Tickets: $20

Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA


HRDC - free, at the Experimental Theater (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge)

Julius Caesar

Thursday, October 31st at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 2nd at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.




November 1-2 @ 8pm
November 3 @ 4pm
November 7-9 @ 8pm

La Sala de Puerto Rico (Stratton Student Center, building W20)



Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, November 14th at 7pm
Friday, November 15th at 8pm
Saturday, November 16th at 7pm
Sunday, November 17th at 6pm
Thursday November 21st at 7pm
Friday, November 22nd at 8pm
Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm
Sunday, November 24th at 6pm

Tickets are $5 for Wellesley affiliates and $10 for general public.


BU - free events


December 5-8
Thu, Dec 5, 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 6, 5pm
Sat, Dec 7, 2pm and 8pm
Sun, Dec 8, 5pm

An annual exploration of both the Bard’s most famous and his lesser known scenes and soliloquies, featuring performers from the junior class of Acting majors. Running time TBD.

College of Fine Arts, Copeland Studio 354
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


Shakespeare & Company

Julius Caesar

December 13 & 14

Tina Packer Playhouse
70 Kemble St
Lenox, MA 01240



Henry VIII

December 11, 2013 - January 5, 2014 | Modern Theatre at Suffolk University
525 Washington Street, Boston



A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MAR 06 - 15, 2014

Location Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St., Boston)

By Bristol Old Vic In association with Handspring Puppet Company



As You Like It

April 17 - May 18, 2014 | Venue To Be Revealed


Longwood Players

Kiss Me, Kate

May 2, 3, 8, 9 at 8pm
May 10 at 2pm and 8pm

Cambridge YMCA Theater
820 Mass. Ave.
Central Square, Cambridge MA


A.R.T. Season

The Tempest

May 10, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

» Romeo and Juliet, Actors' Shakespeare Project
Just caught the latest ASP production at The Strand, only a few miles from my house. It wasn't a perfect production, but it was *damn* good. It's more or less in-the-round; a traditionally-shaped theater, but with a large number of auditorium seats actually *on* the stage. As is often the case with ASP, the set design was fairly minimal, and the costuming was modern, but both did their jobs just fine.

Bad points: One actor blanked on his lines in an early scene, and had to ad lib a bit to get back on course. Friar Lawrence was played with a *heavy* Spanish accent, damaging both the meter and my ability to understand what he was saying.

Good points:
* R & J were both young, pretty, and *totally* sold being in love (and comfort with the language). It's the one thing the show absolutely requires, and everything else is gravy.
* Excellent violence design, mostly knife fights, but in a variety of different styles.
* Excellent supporting performances by the Nurse, Mercutio, Tybalt, and a kick-ass female "Benvolia".
* Having "Benvolia" and Mercutio be lovers was really nifty. They didn't change any actual text to do that, just a few scenes suddenly had rather different connotations than usual.
* They actually managed to make Romeo's death scene more horrifying and heartbreaking than any other version I've seen. spoilersCollapse )

The show just opened, and runs through November 3rd. Highly recommended.
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