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Boston’s Best Spring 2014 Theater Productions

March 10, 2014 6:00 AM

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Spring is in the air and so are the sounds of theater productions. Boston is filling its stages with talented actors and musicians to put on a number of noteworthy shows. Some are recognizable the world over while others are local pieces getting their starts this season. As always, the city offers dancing, music, drama, comedy and more as visitors and residents shake off the cold of winter and welcome warmer days.
Photo credit: Facebook/Boston Ballet

Photo credit: Facebook/Boston Ballet


Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella”
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 695-6950
www.bostonballet.org/cinderella

Date: March 13-23, 2014

This spring, the Boston Ballet tells the story of Cinderella in three acts. The dancers of the Bosotn Ballet dance to the music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. This production uses the choreography of the famed Sir Frederick Ashton. A Boston Ballet premier, this is widely thought to be the best “Cinderella” production in ballet. Between the beautiful costumes and the uplifting fairy tale behind the dances, this is a night to remember at the Boston Opera House.

Photo credit: American Repertory Theater

Photo credit: American Repertory Theater


“The Shape She Makes”
American Repertory Theater
Oberon
2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-8004
www.americanrepertorytheater.org

Date: April 5-27, 2014

“The Shape She Makes” is a world premier production from Susan Misner and Jonathan Bernstein with choreography from Misner. It is the story of a young girl, not yet in her teens, who wants to know just how she is like two parents who fail to be there for her. Tackling many of the issues children face in neglectful homes, this production could be an eye-opener for some while reminding others of their own struggles to find out just what their parents have instilled in them.

Related: Boston’s Best Theater Productions From 2013

Photo credit: Cutler Majestic Theather

Photo credit: Cutler Majestic Theather


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 824-8000
www.cutlermajestic.org

Date: March 6-15, 2014

This innovative telling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy combines puppetry and conventional acting with great success. The Handspring Puppet Company, based out of South Africa, has come all the way to Boston to make sure everything on stage with strings and even some things without are obeying their talented whims. The result is an added layer of fantasy in one of the most fantastic tales ever told. Come see what has come under the spells of the fairies at the Cutler Majestic.

Photo credit: Facebook/Huntington Theatre Company

Photo credit: Facebook/Huntington Theatre Company


“Smart People”
Huntington Theatre Company
264 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-7900
www.huntingtontheatre.org/smart-people

Date: May 23 – June 29, 2014

“Smart People” is a snappy production following the lives of four presumably smart people who have honed their intellect at nothing short of Harvard University. The play explores whether people are predisposed to think and feel the way they do. One of the characters is actually a neurobiologist “studying the brain’s response to race.” Delve into philosophical questions about racism and other topics while watching these friends try to wade through life.

Photo credit: Book of Mormon

Photo credit: Book of Mormon


“Book Of Mormon”
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 259-3400
www.bostonoperahouseonline.com

Date: April 1-27, 2014

“The Book of Mormon” is a world famous musical that takes jabs at organized religion and theater. Those who can handle irreverent comedy will love this show. Those who cannot might want to steer clear while the two main characters go off on a mission to Uganda and realize a few things about their religion and themselves. One of the highlights of this musical is its songs. Like the music of the “South Park” movie, created by two of the musical’s writers, it puts happy tunes to potentially offensive lyrics that audiences love.

Related: Best Family Theater Around Boston

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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