Best Boston Arts For Mother’s Day

April 27, 2011 4:22 AM

(credit: Boston Ballet)

You could do flowers; you could do a card; you could do a day of pampering. Or this Mother’s Day you could treat Mom to a day or evening of culture, by exploring the Boston arts. Our friends at Arts Boston recommend these events for Mother’s Day:
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(credit: Boston Ballet)

Bella Figura

Presented by Boston Ballet
The Opera House
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Bella Figura features an extraordinary collection of works by three of the world’s most exciting contemporary choreographers whose careers have overlapped in ways both influential and noteworthy. The program begins with William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, a company and U.S. premiere, which is an electrifying combination of classicism and jazz for an ensemble.

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(credit: SpeakEasy Stage Company)

The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company
Boston Center for the Arts
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Mayhem, mix-ups and a wedding marks the high-spirited hijinx of The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five 2006 Tony Awards. The fun begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite Broadway cast recording, a 1928 smash hit called ” The Drowsy Chaperone.” Suddenly the man finds himself immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast and audience soaring to the rafters.

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Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (credit: Boston Lyric Opera)

Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Presented by Boston Lyric Opera
Citi Shubert Theatre
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Ah, the thrill of the chase. Over hill, over dale, girdling the earth in forty minutes – when the words are mostly Shakespeare, even the libretto sings. Britten gives us a stage full of sprites and mortals in a touching and very funny take: a dreamscape. Or is it a nightmare? Depends on how you feel about unrequited lover, and donkeys.

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Chihuly's nearly 60-foot long 'Mille Fiori' installation is among the works on display at the Museum of Fine Arts. (credit: Chihuly Studio)

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
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Over the course of his career, Dale Chihuly has revolutionized the art of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture and establishing the use of glass—inherently a fragile but also magical material—as a vehicle for installation and environmental art. This exhibition of new and archival works represents the breadth and scope of the artist’s creative vision over the last four decades. This Mother’s Day, the Diablo Glass School will be presenting free glassblowing demonstrations.

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Animal Crackers (credit: Lyric Stage Company)

Animal Crackers

Presented by The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
The Lyric Stage Company
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Hilarity ensues in this classic Marx Brothers musical when Mrs. Rittenhouse’s swanky house party honoring the African explorer Captain Spaulding is interrupted by the pilfering of a prominent painting. Screwball antics arise as the guests search for the thief, resulting in the “uproarious slapstick comedy”(The New York Times). An adaptation of the original Broadway hit and classic film that was a recent hit for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, this “madcap musical”(Chicago Tribune) features favorite songs including “Three Little Words” and others. Hooray for Captain Spaulding!

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