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Merrimack Repertory Theatre Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Merrimack Repertory Theatre Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Stephi Wild - Nov 4, 2022

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Those words from Charles Dickens ring as true today as when they were written. Dickens' A Christmas Carol will be presented by the Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) for all audiences.

Karen MacDonald to Star in World Premiere Version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Merrimack R Photo Karen MacDonald to Star in World Premiere Version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Merrimack Repertory Theatre
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 18, 2022

One of Boston’s most iconic actors will take on the holiday season’s most iconic character when Karen MacDonald stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in Courtney Sale’s world premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from November 30 to December 24 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in Lowell. Sale, the theatre’s Nancy L. Donahue Artistic Director, will also direct.

SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present Boston Premiere of HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING by Photo SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present Boston Premiere of HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING by Will Arbery in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2022

From September 9 to October 8, 2022, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the Boston premiere of the provocative drama HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING by Will Arbery.

Tina Fabrique and David M. Lutken to Headline Merrimack Repertory Theatre's 43rd Anni Photo Tina Fabrique and David M. Lutken to Headline Merrimack Repertory Theatre's 43rd Anniversary Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022

Broadway performers Tina Fabrique (How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying) and David M. Lutken (Ring of Fire) will headline Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 43rd Anniversary Gala on Friday, June 17.

Huntington Presents COMMON GROUND REVISITED Beginning Next Week Photo Huntington Presents COMMON GROUND REVISITED Beginning Next Week
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2022

The Huntington announces the world premiere of Common Ground Revisited, a new play co-conceived by Obie Award-winning director Melia Bensussen and Obie Award-winning playwright and Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Our Daughters, Like Pillars; Luck of the Irish; and Milk Like Sugar at The Huntington).

39th Elliot Norton Awards Nominations Announced - See the Full List! Photo 39th Elliot Norton Awards Nominations Announced - See the Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 25, 2022

More than 60 nominations in over two dozen categories of outstanding actors, directors, designers, choreographers, musicians, and productions were announced today by the Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) for the 39th Elliot Norton Awards.

MRT Reschedules ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END Pauses Production Due to Omicron Photo MRT Reschedules ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END Pauses Production Due to Omicron
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 11, 2022

Due to the surge in Covid-19 infection rates, Merrimack Repertory Theatre announced today that its upcoming production of Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End will pause after the completion of rehearsals next week, and the comedy will restart with both live and video performances on February 24. This move will cause the theatre to shift Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie to June.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre to Present ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END Photo Merrimack Repertory Theatre to Present ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 21, 2021

Gales of laughter will boost spirits in Lowell this winter when Merrimack Repertory Theatre celebrates America’s funniest Mom ever with Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel, featuring Karen MacDonald, from January 19 to February 6, according to Artistic Director Courtney Sale and Executive Director Bonnie J. Butkas.

MRT Debuts World Premiere Commission: THE RISE AND FALL OF HOLLY FUDGE By Trista Bal Photo MRT Debuts World Premiere Commission: THE RISE AND FALL OF HOLLY FUDGE By Trista Baldwin
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 27, 2021

For the first time in 21 months, Merrimack Repertory Theatre will return to The Nancy L. Donahue Theatre for indoor performances when it presents a world premiere holiday comedy, The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge by Trista Baldwin, from November 26 to December 12, according to Artistic Director Courtney Sale and Executive Director Bonnie J. Butkas.

38th Annual Elliot Norton Award Nominations Announced - MOBY-DICK, Billy Porter's TH Photo 38th Annual Elliot Norton Award Nominations Announced - MOBY-DICK, Billy Porter's THE PURISTS, and More!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 16, 2020

Two dozen nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) for the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards.

BWW Review: THE CHILDREN: Cleaning Up Our Own Mess Photo BWW Review: THE CHILDREN: Cleaning Up Our Own Mess
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 3, 2020

The Boston premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's 2018 Tony Award-nominated play THE CHILDREN at SpeakEasy Stage Company is an affecting drama, thanks to a combination of the playwright's excellence at her craft, Director Bryn Boice's focus, and the trio of Elliot Norton Award-winning actors whose portrayals constitute a collective master class. Inspired by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, THE CHILDREN puts issues of climate change, the environment, and a generation's responsibility for stewardship under an unforgiving spotlight, challenging the audience to engage in self-reflection.

SpeakEasy Stage Company Presents THE CHILDREN Photo SpeakEasy Stage Company Presents THE CHILDREN
by Stephi Wild - Feb 12, 2020

From February 28 to March 28, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the Boston premiere of the acclaimed drama THE CHILDREN by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood.

BWW Review: THE CAKE: Two Brides, One Conundrum for North Carolina Baker Photo BWW Review: THE CAKE: Two Brides, One Conundrum for North Carolina Baker
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 20, 2020

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a narrow victory to a Christian baker from Colorado who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Hailing from a conservative North Carolina background, playwright Bekah Brunstetter is personally familiar with people like Della, the protagonist of THE CAKE, and ideally positioned to protect her and defend her humanity, while also setting her on a path to self-reflection and change. Although the story may be ripped from the headlines, Brunstetter tells it from the perspectives of a quartet of ordinary, yet multi-faceted characters, each of whom comes with a strong set of beliefs.

Karen MacDonald Stars as Erma Bombeck in AT WIT'S END at MRT Photo Karen MacDonald Stars as Erma Bombeck in AT WIT'S END at MRT
by Stephi Wild - Oct 11, 2019

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) announced today that critically acclaimed Boston actress Karen MacDonald will star next April in Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel, and Terry Berliner, MRT's Interim Artistic Director, will direct.

BWW Review: THE AMERICA PLAYS: World Premiere at Mount Auburn Cemetery Photo BWW Review: THE AMERICA PLAYS: World Premiere at Mount Auburn Cemetery
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 15, 2019

Playwright Patrick Gabridge, the 2018-2019 Mount Auburn Cemetery Artist-In-Residence, is presenting THE AMERICA PLAYS, the second series of site-specific plays, following THE NATURE PLAYS produced in June. Whereas the earlier work explored the richness of the natural environment at the Cemetery, this series of five short plays brings to life the founder, sculptors, strong women of the era, and a compelling immigrant story about some of Mount Auburn's Armenian denizens. Guiding the audience from site to site through the lush grounds enhances their connection to the elements of the stories being told and grounds the drama in the flora and fauna of the landscaped jewel.

THE AMERICA PLAYS Set to Premiere at Mount Auburn Cemetery Photo THE AMERICA PLAYS Set to Premiere at Mount Auburn Cemetery
by Julie Musbach - Aug 5, 2019

Announcing the world premiere of the The America Plays, the second series of site-specific short plays by Mount Auburn Cemetery's Artist-in-Residence, playwright Patrick Gabridge. The America Plays will run from September 12-22, 2019, for 11 performances at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.

Announcing SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2019-2020 Season Photo Announcing SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2019-2020 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 17, 2019

The Broadway hit musical drama CHOIR BOY; the satirical and timely new comedy ADMISSIONS; the modern urban masterpiece PASS OVER; the Tony-nominated eco-thriller THE CHILDREN;  and the sweeping Broadway musical  BRIGHT STAR will make up SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2019-2020 Season, the company's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault announced today.

BWW Review: ESCAPED ALONE and COME AND GO at The Gamm Photo BWW Review: ESCAPED ALONE and COME AND GO at The Gamm
by Andria Tieman - Mar 6, 2019

The Gamm is currently showing two short plays back-to-back, with all female casts. ESCAPED ALONE by Caryl Churchill (New England Premiere) is a tight one-act that raises far more questions than it answers. COME AND GO by Samuel Beckett is so brief it almost feels like it's over before it begins, but is strangely haunting. Overall, it's a combination of works that are very well-acted, but also feel somewhat jarring in a way that doesn't quite pay off.

Gamm Pairs Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE With Beckett's COME AND GO Photo Gamm Pairs Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE With Beckett's COME AND GO
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 30, 2019

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) pairs the New England premiere of Caryl Churchill's newest play, Escaped Alone, with Samuel Beckett's 1965 minimalist play, Come and Go, for what promises to be a compelling theatrical experience.  

BWW Review: Caryl Churchill Two-fer by Commonwealth Shakespeare at Babson College Photo BWW Review: Caryl Churchill Two-fer by Commonwealth Shakespeare at Babson College
by Nancy Grossman - Nov 16, 2018

Renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill is the author of a pair of one-act plays merged into Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's UNIVERSE RUSHING APART: BLUE KETTLE and HERE WE GO, playing through the weekend in the Black Box Theater at Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts in Wellesley. A stellar cast, thoughtfully directed by Bryn Boice, and imaginative design choices by an accomplished team, add up to a decidedly unique theatrical experience.

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