Boston’s Best Small Theatre Companies

November 23, 2010 5:32 AM


If you’re not in the mood for a Broadway blockbuster, but want a more intimate theatre experience, Boston has a ton of options. Wether you want a play the whole family can enjoy, or an evening of high quality drama, here are four small theatre companies worth checking out. – Bill Ritchotte
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11:11 Theatre Company

The Factory Theatre
791 Tremont St.
Boston, MA

Being small does not necessarily mean having small ideas. The 11:11 produces original works by resident playwrights as well as classic adaptations. Prices are low, and if you’re interested in getting involved, they offer several opportunities to participate throughout the season.

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Bad Habit Productions

Durell Theatre YMCA
820 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

A not-for-profit theatre that thrives on the unique over the expected. The troupe relies on collaboration with Boston theatre veterans to put the “unity” back in community theatre. Plus, if you’re looking for Improv and comedy, check out their “Comedy on Tap”, monthly comedy nights at local bars every third Sunday; visit the website for locations.

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Guerilla Opera

Zack Box Theatre at The Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway
Boston, MA

Progressive and Accessible opera. Can’t be done you say? Well Guerilla Opera begs to differ, and when you see one of their fully-staged productions, you will too. Be prepared; this is not classical opera. This is modern work with modern sensibilities. You will be rocked and rolled (in a good way).

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American Repertory Theater

64 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

How can a theatre company with a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize be a small theatre company? It can’t. The A.R.T. is capital “B” Big, but because it exists outside the Theatre District all the way in the land of Cambridge, it can be overlooked. Whatever you do, don’t overlook the A.R.T. Whether it’s disco Shakespeare or a world premiere original dramatic piece, the American Repertory Theatre is a treasure. Put it on your calendar right now. No, I mean it, right now. Go.