Hello friends! Kyle Thomas here, in an extra-special edition of #OnTheTown!
For those of you who have been living under a rock, this is my birthday week (21, yet again!)!!! I've been debating whether I'd take the week off from the column, as Taylor Armstrong of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills taught us all that birthdays can be very strenuous affairs. Then I thought it would be great to just tell you that the only event worth any of your attention this week was my birthday, however I didn't want all the other fabulous events to be jealous. Therefore, I'm presenting you three arts events to attend this weekend ONCE YOU'RE DONE celebrating my birthday.
If you didn't get the chance to wish me a happy birthday yet, feel free to do so by tweeting me @khemingway!
PRIVATE LIVES AT HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
A Noël Coward comedy of manners (my favorite!) concerning divorcees Elyot and Amanda, as they discover each other honeymooning in adjacent rooms in the same hotel! What could happen here? ZANY COMICAL THINGS! In a fabulous production spearheaded by Maria Aitken (the renowned Coward interpreter responsible for the Huntington's smash hit and Broadway transfer The 39 Steps), this fabulous production is a glorious finish to a wonderful 30th Anniversary season at the Huntington! Don't miss the 35 Below Wrap Party for Private Lives on Friday, June 1. Insider tip: Huntington patrons 35 and below receive access to $25 tickets to any performance!
Private Lives: By Noël Coward; Directed by Maria Aitken. At the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-266-0800; huntingtontheatre.org. Through June 24. @huntington
THE ALLURE OF JAPAN AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
A small but mighty retrospective, The Allure of Japan comprises examples of fine, decorative, and commercial arts that illustrate the American fascination with Japan at the dawn of the 20th century. With something for everyone, bold colors and simple, elegant patterns dominate the unassuming special exhibitions gallery on the second floor of the Art of the Americas wing. I happened to stumble upon this exhibit during my last visit to the MFA and cannot recommend it enough!
The Allure of Japan: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-267-9300; mfa.org. Through December 31. @mfaboston
AVENUE Q AT LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON
Sesame Street-style puppets + porn + alcohol + on-stage [puppet] sex in.........a musical. WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THIS? Nothing is sacred as this show lampoons everything under the sun while teaching you important lessons like counting and how to engage a prostitute. I saw this on Broadway in 2003 with my mother and we both laughed our asses off. I took her to see Q at Lyric Stage and she liked it better than Broadway, therefore officially making this production KYLE RECOMMENDED, MOM APPROVED! Insider tip: Lyric Stage Company has a limited number of $25 tickets available for every performance!
Avenue Q: Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Book by Jeff Whitty; Directed by Spiro Veloudos. At the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston; 617-585-5678; lyricstage.com. Now extended through June 24. @lyricstageco