Play/Theatre

A Little Mischief: A Midsummer Musical

Tuesday / November 18, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Musical Theater Ensemble director Rene Pfister presents his original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring the Musical Theater Orchestra directed by Broadway veteran Eric Stern.

Have trouble understanding all that Shakespearean language? Songs like "A Little Mischief," "Curious Dream," and "Talk to the Wand" will explain it in a way every musician will love. This theatrical event will feature dancing instrumentalists and the magic of Puck, who might just come into the audience and sprinkle some love dust on you.

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Tango Lovers Company

Friday / October 17, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tango Lovers Company
Inspired by the beats of big cities, Tango Lovers features world-class dancers including the 2014 World Tango Dance Champions and vocalists accompanied by the rhythms of an orchestra with members of symphonic and philharmonic ensembles. The show appeals to all generations, with different sensations of the genre displayed through dance, lighting, and stunning costumes. The company tours internationally and in the United States, sharing the cultural essence and evolution of tango through the art of dance and music. Dynamic, elegant, exciting, and sensuous, Tango Lovers Company has been dubbed “a tango show in the best Broadway style.” 

Eugene Mirman Comedy: StarTalk Live! with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Sunday / May 4, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Science, pop culture and comedy collide on this popular podcast and radio show originated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and host of the new Cosmos series on Fox. 
 
This installment of StarTalk Live features special guest host Bill Nye and comic co-host Eugene Mirman, plus special guests, for a thought-provoking evening of science and fun unlike anything else in the universe. 
 

Please note: As Bill Nye is the guest host for this event, Neil deGrasse Tyson will not be appearing.

Admission: 
$35, $30, reserved seating

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Friday / April 25, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Elle Woods is the Delta Nu sorority’s sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit cards, hits the books, and heads to Harvard. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon and book by Heather Hach, this high-energy musical features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. This performance will be presented by Berklee’s Musical Theater Ensemble, directed by Rene Pfister; and the Musical Theater Orchestra, directed by Peter Cokkinias.

Admission: 
$8, $14 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $18 day of show, reserved seating

Sex Signals

Wednesday / January 15, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Blending a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education, and audience participation, “Sex Signals” provides a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex, and date rape on college campuses.

Admission: 
Free

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Thursday / April 24, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Elle Woods is the Delta Nu sorority’s sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit cards, hits the books, and heads to Harvard. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, this high-energy musical features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. This performance will be presented by Berklee’s Musical Theater Ensemble, directed by Rene Pfister, and the Musical Theater Orchestra, directed by Peter Cokkinias.

Admission: 
$8, $14 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $18 day of show, reserved seating

The Face of Chiang Kai-shek: A Stage Play from China

Friday / December 13, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Whether or not to accept a dinner invitation is at the center of the argument between three National Central University professors in the play The Face of Chiang Kai-shek, which will be performed in Chinese. It is set in 1943 Chongqing, China's wartime capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). But this is no ordinary invitation—the three have been asked to a Lunar New Year's Eve dinner thrown by Chiang Kai-shek, the generalissimo of the Kuomintang-led Republic of China and president of National Central University.

The invitation is a moral quandary for the intellectuals, a test of their attitude when confronted with power. This concept forms the central theme of the play, which features a plot based on one of many anecdotes about the leader's tenure as university president that still circulate on the campus of Nanjing University (formerly National Central University) today.

Admission: 
$28, $48, $68, $88 reserved seating

PigPen Theatre Co. / Parkington Sisters

Wednesday / February 27, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Pigpen Theatre Co.

PigPen creates atmospheric theatrical fables with a unique blend of live music, puppetry, movement, and clever lighting effects. Formed as freshmen at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008, PigPen has toured nationally and became the first company in history to win the top honor for a play at the New York City International Fringe Festival two years in a row, 2010 and 2011. Its first full-length production, The Old Man and the Old Moon, opened in Manhattan to rave reviews. The New York Times Critics Pick! deemed it “Delightful to watch… a really fine time… words play second fiddle to the giddy feelings it inspires.” and New York Magazine Critics Pick! hailed it to be “An all-ages journey into the frontiers of undiluted imagination.” Next up for the boys is an agreement with Writers House, one of the world’s leading young adult literary agencies, to develop a debut children’s novel.

 

The Parkington Sisters are Wellfleet, Massachusetts, natives who emerged from a lineage of musicians. The four sisters have toured extensively across the US, Canada, and Europe with the Dropkick Murphys, opened for Mavis Staples at Symphony Hall in Boston, performed at the 2011 Bonnaroo festival, and even shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen. Their 2011 debut album, Till Voices Wake Us, was produced by Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and recorded at Avatar Studios and Studio G in New York City. The album was selected by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the top essential albums of 2011. The sisters are currently recording their follow up album, which will be released early 2013.

 

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

The Vagina Monologues

Sunday / February 14, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
The Chapel
264 Commonwealth Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In this stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, author Eve Ensler gives us real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery.

Admission: 
$7