Best Fall Theatre Picks In Boston

October 24, 2011 2:02 AM

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy great stories, great performances, and great characters on stage. Check out our theatre picks for the season, and let the plays begin.
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Moby Dick

November 7 – 12, 2011
Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland
The Jackie Liebergott Black Box
Paramount Center
559 Washington St.
Boston, MA
(617)  824-8400

Watch Herman Melville’s classic and sprawling tale about a captain’s obsessive search for a mythic sea monster come alive on stage with a one-man performance by Conor Lovett. Critics have raved about Lovett’s captivating performance in this Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland production, and the actor has earned a prestigious Best Actor nomination at the Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Awards.  Catch this captivating performance–for one week only. Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett. Live music composed and performed by Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh.

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The Divine Sister

By Charles Busch
October 21 – November 19, 2011
SpeakEasy Stage Company
Roberts Studio Theatre
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
(617)  933-8600

Looking for laughs this fall? You can’t go wrong with this “holy outrageous comedy.” Written by Charles Busch, The Divine Sister is a delightfully twisted sendup of Hollywood movie nuns. The New York Times called the production one of Busch’s “freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades,” and we think we might just have to agree. The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica’s Mother Superior, who is determined to build a new school for her convent. But she has to deal with hilarious challenges along the way, including a postulant experiencing “visions,” sexual hysteria among her nuns, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. Directed by Larry Coen.

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

November 17 – December 17, 2011
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
140 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA
(617)  585-5678

Get ready to relive Harlem in the 30s, the golden age of swing and Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom, in this rollicking classic musical featuring the music of Thomas “Fats” Waller. Ain’t Misbehavin’ will have you tapping your feet  to songs like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint is Jumpin,” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”

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Before I Leave You

By Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
Through November 13, 2011
Huntington Theatre Company
Wimberly Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA
(617)  266-7900

Huntington Playwriting Fellow Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro’s Before I Leave You, tells the stories of four longtime friends in Harvard Square, facing issues that growing old brings. Expect heartwarming laughs from this memorable “love story for grownups,” which makes its world premiere. Before I Love You is directed by Jonathan Silverstein.

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Mabou Mines Dollhouse

Conceived and Directed by Lee Breur
November 1 – 6, 2011
Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
(617)  824-8400

Now celebrating its 40th season, New York City-based Mabou Mines is one of the most influential experimental theatre ensembles. With Mabou Mines Dollhouse, director and MacArthur Fellow Lee Breur re-examines Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, transforming the tragedy into a comedy and giving the world of patriarchy and pretense a new twist. In this deconstruction, male characters are less than 4 1/2 feet tall and the women 6 feet tall.  A must-see.