On the Town: May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

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An unspeakable tragedy occurred today. A giant inflatable rubber duck was found deflated under mysterious circumstances yesterday morning in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS? Why would anyone rob the world of the pure, unadulterated joy of a giant inflatable rubber duck? To cope with the deflated spirits that undoubtedly accompany the deflated duck, please allow me to present to you three fabulously joyous events happening #OnTheTown in Boston this weekend!

COPPÉLIA @ BOSTON BALLET

The New York Times has called Coppélia "the happiest ballet in existence," and I won't disagree. The tale of the inventor Dr. Coppélius and his life-size dancing doll has been choreographed and staged countless times since its premiere in 1870 (including being adapted as the first act of Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman). Boston Ballet will present George Balanchine's 1974 version originally choreographed for the New York City Ballet. After the ballet has given us such an incredible season, I cannot wait to see what they have in store for this, the final production before Boston Ballet's 50th Anniversary season!

Coppélia: At the Boston Opera House; 539 Washington Street, Boston; bostonballet.org. Through May 26. @bostonballet

THE HYPOCRITES' PIRATES OF PENZANCE @ ART

Don't worry, I promise you this is NOT your grandpa's Pirates of Penzance. Presented by an ensemble wearing their best beach attire and all playing their own instruments (including a fabulous solo on the saw), this adaptation of Pirates has a lot of heart and even more laughs. Created by Chicago-based troupe The Hypocrites, the audience is invited to move freely throughout the set for the entirety of the performance (this includes the fully-functional, upstage-left bar). If you missed this production in its limited run last June in the Emerging America festival, get thee to the Loeb!

Pirates of Penzance: By Gilbert and Sullivan; New adaptation by Sean Graney and Kevin O'Donnell; Directed by Sean Graney. At the Loeb Drama Center; 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge; americanrepertorytheatre.org. Through June 2. @americanrep

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE @ CELEBRITY SERIES

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre makes its annual spring visit to Boston this weekend, bringing with them the Boston premiere of Another Night by Kyle Abraham, as well as works by Jiří Kylián, Ronald K. Brown and Ailey Artistic Director, Robert Battle. The company's incredible style and talent make it easy to come back again and again and never get bored. Also, if you plan on going tonight (5/16), stick around after the performance for a rare treat—a Q&A with Artistic Director Robert Battle and company dancers!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre: At the Citi Wang Theatre; 270 Tremont Street, Boston; celebrityseries.org. Through May 19. @celebrityseries

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