Come indoors this weekend and exercise your mind and heart with live theater. The choices across New England are intriguing and fun. They include the heart-pounding, audience-pleaser “Stomp”; burlesque in Vermont (notice from the photo that socks are allowed); “The Night Watch,” a story of recovery after the London Blitz of World War II; “Shut UP, Emily Dickenson,” – it’s about time somebody told her; and the compellingly titled “The Peculiar Tale of the Prince of Bohemia and the Society of Desperate Victorians.” Find a story, told live, to warm up and provoke your intellect this weekend.
“Barber Shop Chronicles” at Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
January 17-19, 2019
African men find community—and grooming—across two continents in this life-affirming blockbuster from the UK’s top theaters. This touring blockbuster from the UK’s top theater zips between London and four African cities to capture the barber shop as place for African men to gather and talk. On-stage seating is available for all performances. Contains adult language.
Stomp at Garde Arts Center, New London, CT
Jan 18, 2019 – Jan 18, 2019
The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with heart-pounding rhythms.
Vermont Burlesque Festival at Barre Opera House, Barre, and Flynn Center, Burlington, VT
January 18-19, 2019
Held in one of Vermont’s most prestigious theaters, the evening will be filled with unique drinks, live music, comedy, variety acts, and some of the best burlesque performances Vermont produces. For guests age 18 and older.
“Forever Plaid” at Stadium Theatre, Woonsocket, RI
Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie discovered that they shared a love for music and got together to become “Forever Plaid”. On the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are broadsided by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end that the story of Forever Plaid begins.
“Black Odyssey” at Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI
Through February 3
One man’s journey home from war leads him on an adventure connecting him with his own ancestors and our shared humanity, before finally delivering him back to his wife and son. Ulysses Lincoln’s fate is controlled by a host of gods in this lyrical and spiritual celebration of storytelling and what it means to find home.
“The Night Watch” — Gamm Theatre, Warwick, RI
January 17-February 10, 2019
After World War II, calm has returned to London. In a quiet dating agency, a bombed-out church and a prison cell, the stories of three women and a young man unfold backward to the heart of the Blitz, revealing desires and regrets.
“Shut UP, Emily Dickinson” at Academy of Music, Northampton, MA
Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**hole. Loosely based on the Master Letters, “Shut UP, Emily Dickinson!” is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America’s most brilliant and annoying poetess.
Festival of New Musicals at Goodspeed, East Haddam, CT
January 18-20, 2019
Hundreds of musical theater lovers will gather on the Goodspeed campus for staged readings of brand new works.
“The Peculiar Tale of the Prince of Bohemia and the Society of Desperate Victorians,” Friday at 7:30 p.m. When Prince Florizel learns that his father the King of Bohemia is dead, he seeks to escape the throne. He and his chaperone Colonel Geraldine are invited to join a secret society – The Suicide Club.
“The Proxy Marriage,” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A lawyer performs proxy marriages, primarily of military couples, in which both parties are not present. The lawyer’s popular teenage daughter Bridey and her awkward friend William stand in for the bride and groom.
“Devotion,” Sunday at 1 p.m. A story about addiction (not just to drugs) and belief (not just in religion), Devotion is a heartfelt, uplifting musical set against an American crisis of community.