Alex Lonati holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and Journalism from Emerson College, where she spent four years hosting Standing Room Only, the Best of Broadway and Beyond, on 88.9 WERS. She is currently working at SpeakEasy Stage Company as their Artistic Fellow and is assistant directing in the area.
Imaginary Beasts consistently puts out what they call 'adventurous' and I would call 'ludicrous' theatrical productions, pushing boundaries, disregarding conventions (gender bending is a staple of their shows), and twisting reality. Their most recent production was Knock, a devised premiere combining upwards of twenty-five plays, short stories, and poems by Russian author Daniil Kharms.BWW Reviews: Let's Talk About Language with Bad Habit Productions' TRANSLATIONS August 15, 2014
Translations, directed by M. Bevin O'Gara, takes place in 1833 rural Ireland, with most of the action occurring in a school whose adult students often discuss incorporating English into their studies and other methods of furthering themselves in a constantly changing world. Soon, British soldiers come on the scene with the intention of remapping the country, anglicizing the Gaelic city names, and more or less attempting to wipe out the Gaelic language entirely.BWW Reviews: The Most Twisted Bedtime Story with Circuit Theatre Company's THE ANNOTATED HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MUSKRAT August 4, 2014
You don't go into a show called The Annotated History of the American Muskrat without some very specific preconceptions. While you may have no idea what the piece is actually going to be about, you know it's probably safe to say that it isn't about to be your standard Tennessee Williams drama. The Circuit Theatre Company's production of this brand new show, written for them by Boston playwright John Kuntz, certainly fulfilled the preconceived notions that filled my head.BWW Reviews: Intelligent Laughter at Hub Theatre's COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE [ABRIDGED] July 25, 2014
This week is Pride Week in Boston and what better way to support and celebrate than with a festival of plays and theatrical pieces that feature appropriate and relevant themes. Sleeping Weazel's Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers spans two weekends, each of which has its own lineup of a solo performance and a full length play that all tell touching, absurdist, revolutionary, and surrealist tales.BWW Reviews: Dorothy Thompson Comes to Life in The Nora Theatre Company's CASSANDRA SPEAKS June 10, 2014
This is the story of Dorothy Thompson, an American journalist and radio broadcaster during WWII who was known to some as the "First Lady of American Journalism". In Cassandra Speaks at the Nora Theatre Company at the Central Square Theater, we see her the morning of her third wedding, as she struggles to finish an article, looks back on her previous loves, and recounts her accomplishments and failures as a journalist in Europe and America.BWW Reviews: It's a Winter Wonderland at Underground Railway Theater's SILA May 4, 2014
In Imaginary Beasts's mission statement, they refer to the art they create as adventurous, non-traditional, and for an eclectic public. I have seen few shows that adhere to their company's mission statement better than this one. This weekend, I attended Imaginary's Beasts's production of Lovers' Quarrels, a fairly unknown Moliere piece, and have to say that adventurous and non-traditional hit the nail right on the head.BWW Reviews: A Night of Contradictions at Central Square Theatre's BRUNDIBAR & BUT THE GIRAFFE March 23, 2014
There are few things that speak to the resilience and hopefulness of mankind more than the history of Brundibar, currently being performed at the Central Square Theatre. It is an opera for children (which is ambitious in itself), but it was created by Jewish artists and performed in the Terezin concentration camps, in spite of all of the horror and pain being inflicted.BWW Reviews: A Lot to See in Wheelock Family Theatre's HAIRSPRAY February 11, 2014
Hairspray is not an unknown musical. With its long Broadway run, its original 1988 film, and the successful 2007 musical remake, not to mention the incredibly hummable soundtrack, Hairspray is arguably one of the most well known musicals in history. So going into the Wheelock Family Theatre's production this past weekend, I already had some expectations.