Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time to take the cultural plunge

Yes, the fall season has begun in earnest - even if the music and dance scenes are only just beginning to come to life, the theatrical calendar is already crowded.

This weekend alone I am seeing The Libertine by the new Bridge Rep at the Calderwood Pavilion, One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyric Stage, The Grapes of Wrath at Trinity Rep (as part of its 50th season!), Seminar at Stoneham Theatre, and then the rarely-done, five hour (!) Rienzi, by Wagner, from Gil Rose's new Odyssey Opera.

And things only speed up from there.  Even though it seems to only get harder and harder to mount high culture in Boston, the fact is every year there's more and more and more of it . . .


  1. Can I plug something going up this weekend and next? I'm part of a collective calling itself Fiasco Productions presenting Much Ado About Nothing in three different Cambridge parks. Erin Cole is producing and playing Beatrix, with Johnnie McQuarley as Benedict and featuring an ensemble of both equity and non equity actors, directed by Charles Linshaw. I'm really proud of it, and hope readers of the Hub Review will support free outdoor theatre, of which there can never be enough but can be difficult to produce under the bureaucracy of the Massachusetts DCR. Here are performance dates:

    Danehy Park
    99 Sherman St., Cambridge 02140
    September 11th, 12th and 13th at 6:30pm

    Longfellow Park
    175 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge 02138
    September 14th at 2:00pm and 6:30pm
    September 15th at 2:00pm
    September 22nd at 2:00pm

    University Park
    38 Sidney St., Cambridge 02139
    September 18th, 19th and 20th at 6:30pm
    September 21st at 2:00pm and 6:30pm

  2. Boston University is doing a slew of interesting operas this, by Jonthan Dove, Nico Muhly, and Daniel Catan.

  3. All right, all right - but just this once.