You may recall that last week, I gave you Liza Minnelli, my diva of Christmas past. This week, continuing on our Ebony Scrooge journey, I present to you my diva of Christmas present: Darwin, the Rhesus Macaque in the shearling coat. This little bugger got lost among the Bestå and the Pysslingar in a Toronto IKEA (his owners should have dropped him off in Småland). Already armed with his own twitter account, Darwin now lives at an animal rescue and has been permanently separated from his signature outerwear. In honor of Darwin's brave and epic adventure, I present to you #OnTheTown: The one with Darwin the Rhesus Macaque and his shearling coat!
Per usual, tweet me at @khemingway with your favorite #BostonArts-going (and favorite IKEA product)!
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA @ ACTOR'S SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
Anyone who's been to IKEA knows that it is the ultimate tax on any relationship—just ask Liz Lemon. Ever the forward thinker, Billy Shakes wrote a play about that very topic! Well, not including IKEA, but certainly featuring his usual comic elements of silly young people in love, something getting in the way, girls dressing like boys, and happy surprise endings! Also, did I mention that fiercy fierce John Kuntz is in it?
Two Gentlemen of Verona: By William Shakespeare; Directed by Robert Walsh. At the Davis Square Theatre; 255 Elm Street, Downstairs, Somerville; actorsshakespeareproject.org. Through January 6. @aspboston
HALLELUJAH! @ BOSTON GAY MEN'S CHORUS
Fashion is something that's very important to Darwin, his now-iconic shearling jacket making almost as many headlines as he did! Fashion is also something that gay men know a thing or two about. Incidentally, a big, giant group of gay men are singing holiday songs this weekend! The Boston Gay Men's Chorus annual holiday concert is always a sight to behold, and its outrageous costumes and choreography are sure to put a smile on your face.
Hallelujah: Conducted by Reuben Reynolds. At Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; bgmc.org. Through December 17. @bgmcevents
ARABIAN NIGHTS @ CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER
Darwin the Rhesus Macaque isn't the only amazing thing to come out of South Asia—some awesome folktales did, as well! The fabulous Nora and Underground Railway Theater Companies have combined forces to bring back last winter's smash hit Arabian Nights, an adaptation of the traditional Persian folk tales combines puppetry, suspense, romance, and comedy. A great family-friendly show, this would be a fabulous option for entertaining some out-of-town relatives this holiday season!
Arabian Nights: Based on One Thousand and One Nights; Adapted by Dominic Cooke; Directed by Daniel Gidron. At the Central Square Theater; 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge; centralsquaretheater.org. Through December 30. @centsqtheater