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My THEATRICAL Response to
The Disaster in FERGUSON Mo.

Friday, 29 August, 2014, 12:38 p m

Dear Mayor Walsh:

The national awareness of the supression of minorities on a municipal, block-by-block level in America is a cry for Concrete Action in every city. There are specific actions, financial and political, that can help. Another avenue that will help is a concrete and sincere effort to instill in minorities a feeling both of pride in self, and involvement in the general welfare. It's in such matters that the Theatrical Community still growing here in Boston could be of use. Let me suggest a few general, and probably expensive ways YOU could lead the way in this regard.

I just saw Eric C. Engel's amazing production of August Wilson's FENCES up north at the Gloucester Stage Company. I had seen the play several times before, but Never did I see it done better. I have no idea of the commitments the cast may have, but were I Boston's mayor I'd find the money and ask all seven of those exceptiomally gifted actors to bring this movingly Human play into Boston --- perhaps at the Strand Theatre --- and bus in as many high-school students as possible to see, and later discuss, the ideas this play brings up. That would put Great Art at the service of the community in a way it does best.

Again, early this summer I went out to "the left coast of Massachusetts" to see Johnny Lee Davenport play Bottom the Weaver in Shakespeare & Company's MIDSUMMER. I have seen Mr. Davenport do readings of the canon of August Wilson's 10-play series about the Black Experience of the entire 20th Century, and I would love to have him participate in production of The Entire Series, here in Boston, with the same cast committed to performing the same characters in several plays. I'm thinking of an entire new company that could do the canon, a play every month, twice --- again, with an emphasis on high school audiences. August Wilson IS America's Shakespeare, so perhaps one of the highly successful Boston industrial firms could be cajoled or coerced into financing such a municipal project. (I wonder if Ratheon, for instance, would like to spend some of the profits from selling Iron Dome Systems and other war machineries, to this worthy peacetime project.)

But there is another part I would love to see Johnny Lee Davenport play; it's of a self-made, miserly yet moneyed aging actor and his wife and two sons during their summer away from touring in their shore-side mansion. The play is LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, and Eugene O'Neil based it on his own lace-curtain Irish family --- but I do not believe that family could not be Black, I do believe Johnny Lee could be a magnificent James Tyrone ... and after seeing her in FENCES, I believe Jacqui Parker could be an unforgettable Mary Tyrone. And, since O'Neil IS America's Shakespeare, such a cross-casting would bring the universality of the play into the open.

For theatres here in Boston, these would be Major Projects, demanding coordination, and cash. But the entire city would benefit: not only would they fan a personal pride in many Bostonians, they would place Boston in the forefront of a movement to make a Difference by Making Art.

And, to put it bluntly Mayor, I voted for you Only because I thought at the time that your commitment to The Arts was genuine.

I'm asking you for some proof of that commitment, right now.

Sincerely,
Larry Stark

P.S.
Yes, I know, Terrence McNally really IS America's Shakespeare, and so is Stephen Sondheim --- but the current crop of playwrights Here In Boston are howling at their heels! Maybe some Boston medical firm ought to fund a project, say at Hibernian Hall or Roxbury Community College, to found a sort of Black equivalent to the Boston Playwrights' Theatre --- giving original plays by or about Black people productions and mentoring criticism. August Wilson and Ntozake Shange shouldn't stay America's ONLY Shakespeares!

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2) A LIST of all the theater in Massachusetts
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THEATER MIRROR Reviews of plays still running

"Fences" **** till 6 September A Review by by Sheila Barth

"Finding Neverland" **** till 28 September by Sheila Barth
"Hay Fever" **** till 31 August A Minority Report by Richard Pacheco
"And Then There Were None" **** till 31 August A Minority Report by Tony Annicone
"And Then There Were None" **** till 31 August Reviewed by Richard Pacheco
"Hay Fever" **** till 31 August Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Reviews In Other Websites:

"Astro Boy And The God of Comics"
by Terry Byrne in The Arts Fuse
by Alex Lonati in Broadway World Boston
(closes 16 August)

"Auld Lang Syne"
by Terry Byrne in The Arts Fuse
by Tom Garvey in The Hub Review
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World Boston
(closes 27 July)

"Benefactors"
by Charles Giuliano in Berkshire Fine Arts
(closes 26 July)

"Billy Elliot, The Musical"
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
by Jan Nargi in Broadway World Boston
(closes 26 July)

"Breaking The Code"
by Charles Giuliano in Berkshire Fine Arts
(closes 2 August)

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [ABRIDGED]"
by Larry Murray in Broadway World Boston
(closes 24 August)

"Fortune's Favored"
by Michael Cox in The Edge
(closes 27 July)

"Her Aching Heart"
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
by Lin Hare-Sargent in The Arts Fuse
(closes 26 July)

"The Little Mermaid"
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
by Craig Idlebrook in New England Theatre Geek
by Jan Nargi in Broadway World Boston
(closes 26 July)

"Living on Love"
by Iris Fanger in The Arts Fuse
by Charles Giuliano in Berkshire Fine Arts
(closes 26 July)

"The Servant of Two Masters"
by Ian Thal in The Arts Fuse
(closes 23 August)

"Shakespeare's Will"
by J. Peter Bergman in The Edge
by Charles Giuliano in Berkshire Fine Arts
(closes 24 August)

"Shear Madness"
by Kitty Drexel in New England Theatre Geek
(closes N E V E R !!!!!)

"The Walk Across America for Mother Earth"
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Arts review
by Alex Lonati in Broadway World Boston
by Kilian Melloy in The Edge
(closes 27 July)

"Welcome to Arroyo's"
by Alex Lonati in Broadway World Boston
(closes 27 July)

PLAYS
UP AND RUNNING

This is a list, as complete as I can make it,
of everything on the boards in Massachusetts this week.
["Permanent productions" ("Shear Madness" etc.) are at the END of this list. Scroll down.]

Thursday, 8 - 30 May 2014

11 April - 11 May
"Where The Mountain Meets The Moon"
WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE
@ 200 Fenway, BOSTON MA
1(617)879-2300

16 April - 20 May
"As You Like It"
ACTORS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
@ Somwhere in MA
1(617)824-8000

17 April - 1 June
"Next to Normal"
@ MAJESTIC THEATRE
@ 131 Elm Street, WEST SPRINGFIELD MA
1(413)747-7797

24 April - 11 May
"Aida, the musical"
FIDDLEHEAD THEATRE COMPANY
@ Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, DORCHESTER MA
1(781)329-1901

24 April - 18 May
"Complete History of Comedy [Abridged]"
MERRIMACK REPERTORY THEATRE
@ 132 Warren Street, LOWELL MA
1(97-654-4678

24 April - 25 May
"Sila"
CENTRAL SQUARE THEATRE
@ 450 Massachusetts Avenue, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)576-9278

25 April - 17 May
"Good Television"
ZEITGEIST STAGE COMPANY
@ Black Box Theatre, Arsenal Center for The Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, WATERTOWN MA
1(617)759-8837

25 April - 17 May
"Pilgrims of The Night"
BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY THEATRE & DANCE
@Somewhere in, BRIDGEWATER MA
1(508)531-1321

25 April - 11 May
"The Rocky Horror Show"
WORCESTER COUNTY LIGHT OPERA COMPANY
@ Grandview Playhouse 21 Grandview Avenue, WORCESTER MA
1(508)753-4383

25 April - 10 May
"Spamalot"
THE CONCORD PLAYERS
@ 51 Walden Street, CONCORD MA
1(978)369-2990

26 April - 11 May
"BlackAdder Goes Forth: LIVE!"
THEATRE ON FIRE
@ Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill Street, CHARLESTOWN MA
1(617)642-14369

1 - 17 May
"Heartbreak House"
VOKES PLAYERS
@ Vokes Theatre, Route 20, WAYLAND, MA
1(508)358-4034

2 - 17 May
"Bill W. And Dr. Bob"
BURLINGTON PLAYERS
@ Park Playhouse, 1 Edgemedre Avenue, BURLINGTON MA
1(781)229-2649

2 - 9 May
"Columbinus"
BOSTON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
@ B U Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, BOSTON MA
1(617)933-8600

2 - 18 May
"The Drowsy Chaperone"
WALPOLE FOOTLIGHTERS
@ 2 Scout Road, EAST WALPOLE MA
1(508)921-0542

2 - 17 May
"The Glass Menagerie"
WINCHESTER PLAYERS
@ First Congregational Church, 21 Church Street, WINCHESTER MA
1(781)281-1844

2 - 10 May
"Kiss Me, Kate!"
THE LONGWOOD PLAYERS
@ Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)566-3513

2 - 18 May
"A Little Night Music"
ARLINGTON FRIENDS OF THE DRAMA
@ 22 Academy Street, ARLINGTON MA
1(781)646-5922

2 - 11 May
"Next Fall"
WELLESLEY PLAYERS
@ Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(781)237-8114

2 - 25 May
"On The Verge"
NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
@ Arsenal Center for The Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, WATERTOWN MA
1(617)923-8487

2 - 10 May
"Pack of Lies"
MEDWAY PLAYERS
@ Somewhere in MEDWAY MA
1(774)287-8374

2 - 10 May
"Ruddigore"
MIT GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLAYERS
@ Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Union, Massachusetts Avenue, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(???)???-????

2 - 18 May
"W;t"
NEW ENGLAND REPERTORY COMPANY
@ MMAS, 377 North Maine Street, MANSFIELD MA
1(508)339-2822

2 - 10 May
"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"
THE LEXINGTON PLAYERS
@ The Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, LEXINGTON MA
1(781)910-8114

6 - 18 May
"Sontag: REBORN"
THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
ArtsEMERSON @ Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, BOSTON, MA
1(617)824-8400

8 - 10 May
"Bullrusher"
WILLIAMS COLLEGE
@ Williams College Center for Theatre And Dance, 1000 Main Street, WILLIAMSTOWN MA
1(413)597-2425

8 May - 1 June
"Jerusalem"
CAPE REP THEATRE
@ 3299 Main Street, BREWSTER MA
1(508)896-1888

8 - 31 May
"Shirley Valentine"
SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
@ Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)933-8600

9 - 31 May
"Black Comedy"
ACME THEATRE COMPANY
@ Artspace Maynard, 61 Summer Street, MAYNARD MA
1(978)823-0003

9 - 18 May
"Cabaret"
RIVERSIDE THEATRE WORKS
@ 45 Fairmount Avenue, HYDE PARK MA
1(617)361-7024

9 May - 7 June
"Carrie, the Musical"
SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
@ Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)933-8600

9 - 18 May
"A Couple of Blackguards"
PILGRIM SOUL PRODUCTIONS
@ Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center 19 Temple Street, WORCESTER MA
1(508)296-0797

9 May - 7 June
"Into The Woods"
THE LYRIC STAGE OF BOSTON INC.
@ 140 Clarendon Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)585-5678

9 - 11 May
"Our Town"
TEEN CONSERVATORY --- COMPANY THEATRE
@ 30 Accord Park Drive, NORWELL MA
1(781)871-2787 (ARTS)

9 - 25 May
"Sylvia"
ATTLEBORO COMMUNITY THEATRE
@ Ezekiel Bates Lodge, 71 North Main Street, ATTLEBORO MA
1(508)226-8100

10 May ONLY
"Snow White"
@ CONCORD YOUTH THEATRE
@ 358 Baker Avenue, CONCORD MA
1(978)371-1482

15 - 18 May
"Enlightenment on E Floor North"
ZUPPA THEATRE
@ Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill Street, CHARLESTOWN MA
1(866)811-4111

15 - 25 May
"A Grand Night for Singing"
@ CALLIOPE PLAYERS
@ 150 Main Street, BOYLSTON MA
1(508)869-6887

15 May - 8 June
"The Secret Garden"
STONEHAM THEATRE
@ 395 Main Street, STONEHAM MA
1(781)279-2200

16 - 25 May
"And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little"
BARRE PLAYERS THEATRE
@ 64 Common Street, BARRE MA
1(978)355-2096 or 1(800)733-2096

16 - 31 May
"Assassins"
HOVEY PLAYERS
@ Abbott Memorial Theater, 9 Spring Street at Joel’s Way, WALTHAM MA
1(781)893-9171

16 - 31 May
"Criminal Hearts"
QUANNAPOWITT PLAYERS
@ 55 Hopkins Street, READING MA
1(781)942-2212

16 May - 7 June
"A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum"
the cannon theatre
@ 140 Great Road, LITTLETON MA
1(978)456-0060

16 - 31 May
"In The Territories"
@ SEA CHANGE THEATRE COMPANY
@ Dane Street Church, 10 Dane Street, BEVERLY MA
1(978)500-3885

16 - 18 May
"Jungle Book"
@ WATERTOWN CHILDREN'S THEATRE
@ 321 Arsenal Street, WATERTOWN MA
1(617)926-2787

20 - 31 May
"Abe Lincoln's Piano"
HERSHEY FELDER
ArtsEMERSON @ Cutler Majestic, 219 Tremont Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)824-8400

20 May - 22 June
"Hay Fever"
WELLESLEY SUMMER THEATRE COMPANY
@ Wellesley College, WELLESLEY MA
1(781)283-2434

23 May - 21 June
"Smart People"
HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
@ Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)933-8600

24 May - 8 June
"Cosi Fan Tutte or How I Met Your Mother"
GREATER WORCESTER OPERA
24 May ONLY
@ Eagle Hill Cultural Center,smomewhere in HARDWICK MA

27 May - 4 June
"Peter And The Star Catcher"
CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
@ Citi Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street, BOSTON MA
1(866)348-9738

28 May - 1 June
"Imagining Madoff"
NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
@ Steward F. Lane & Bonnie Comley Studio 210, 264 Huntington Avenue, BOSTON MA
1(617)933-8600

29 May - 29 June
"Cassandra Speaks"
CENTRAL SQUARE THEATRE
@ 450 Massachusetts Avenue, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)576-9278

30 May - 1 June
"Once on This Island"
ALEXANDER CHILDREN'S THEATRE SCHOOL
@ Emerson Umbrella Center for The Arts, 40 Stow Street, CONCORD MA
1(781)899-4467

And these undying classics:

??? - Forever
"Blue Man Group"
BLUE MAN GROUP
@ The Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, BOSTON MA
1(800)982-2787

??? - Forever
"Improv Asylum"
IMPROV ASYLUM
@ 216 Hanover Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)263-6887

??? - Forever
"Improv Boston"
IMPROV BOSTON
@ 40 Prospect Street, Central Square, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)576-1253

??? - Forever
"Shear Madness"
SHEAR MADNESS
@ The Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)426-5225

??? - Forever
"The Donkey Show"
AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE
@ Oberon, Massachusetts Avenue & Zero Arrow Street, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)495-2668

For an EVEN MORE COMPLETE list of "Coming Attractions" in Massachusetts
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