On the Town: Just some Hocus Pocus

October 31, 2013

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Boys and ghouls, it's a very special time of year. No, not the World Series (although, depending on who you talk to, that's important too). It's Halloween! This year, however, it's not just any Halloween. This year is the 20th anniversary of the modern Halloween classic film, Hocus Pocus! From box office flop to cult classic, this film has touched countless lives over its two-decade existence. Let's honor the fine legacy of sisters Winnie, Sarah, and Mary by celebrating #OnTheTown with some #BostonArts!

KURT VONNEGUT'S MAKE UP YOUR MIND @ SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY

One thing you can praise the protagonists of Hocus Pocus for is their decisiveness and conviction—they know what they want and they go after it with gusto (so what if that means sucking the lives out of children to preserve their eternal youth and beauty?). Staging its first-ever world premiere, Speakeasy Stage Company channels the 1980s with its production of Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind. Protagonist Roland Stackhouse thinks society's biggest obstacle is indecisiveness—and starts a business to combat this! "Assembled" by fabulous playwright Nicky Silver from bits and pieces of 12 different drafts of the now-deceased author, this premiere should have audiences rolling in the aisles for 90 solid minutes!

Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind: Written by Kurt Vonnegut; Assembled by Nicky Silver; Directed by Cliff Fannin Baker. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; speakeasystage.org. Through November 30. @speakeasystage

MOZART AND BEETHOVEN @ HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY

The Sanderson sisters were dead for 300 years before Max Dennison brought them back to life. It hasn't been quite that long, but it certainly has been a while since former music director Grant Llewellyn has been back to Boston to conduct the Handel and Haydn Society. He'll be bringing some Beethoven Symphony No. 2 realness this weekend as well as Mozart Symphony No. 35 and a fabulous Haydn sinfonia led by the reigning fierce queen of H&H, concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky.

Mozart and Beethoven: Conducted by Grant Llewellyn. At Symphony Hall; 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston; handelandhaydn.org. Through November 3. @handelandhaydn

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY @ CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON

With her siren voice, Winifred Sanderson enchants the entire adult population of Salem, causing them to dance without rest. Featuring three pieces choreographed by Kennedy Center honoree Paul Taylor, including one Boston premiere, the Paul Taylor Dance Company comes to Boston this weekend for three performances. Dubbed the "naughty boy" of dance by Martha Graham for his iconoclastic choreographic style, Taylor himself began his career in the 50s and has been working since.

Join Opus Affair for the Saturday Night performance for a special ticket price that includes a post-show party at the W Boston including hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer!

Paul Taylor Dance Company: At the Citi Shubert Theatre; 265 Tremont Street, Boston; celebrityseries.org. Through November 3. @celebrityseries

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