On the Town: Occasions!

September 12, 2013

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Occasions! Avernersaries! You may notice something different about my byline in this week's column... That's right! Last weekend, your trusty #OnTheTown chaperone was made an honest man and entered into the world of wedded bliss! But just because I entered a bar and exited it married (be wary—it could happen to you!) doesn't mean that I'd abandon for a moment my duties to you faithful and loyal readers looking out for what to do this weekend! Therefore, I present to you #OnTheTown: The Newlywed Edition!


SpeakEasy opens with Nina Raine's acclaimed drama Tribes. Billy is born Deaf into a hearing family without any knowledge of sign language, and has to learn to read lips and keep up with his fast-paced academic parents. When he meets Sylvia, born hearing to Deaf parents, who teaches him to sign, he learns it's time for his family to communicate with him on his own terms, as well as question what constitutes "family" in the extended Deaf community. Helmed by the über-talented M. Bevin O'Gara, this play is sure to be a dynamite way to kick off SpeakEasy's 23rd season.

Tribes: By Nina Raine; Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 539 Tremont Street, Boston; speakeasystage.com. Through October 12. @speakeasystage


From the ashes of the shuttered Opera Boston has risen Odyssey Opera, a new company helmed by former Opera Boston Artistic Director Gil Rose. Committed to presenting lesser-known masterpieces and contemporary works in a variety of styles of presentation, Odyssey opens with an ambitious concert performance of Wagner's Rienzi. The five-act grand opera chronicles the rise and fall of Rienzi, a Roman Tribune who overthrows the nobility to the delight of the populace, only to have them turn on him in the end. Five hours of opera can get you hungry, so there's a built-in dinner break between Acts II and III.

Opus Odyssey: Join the Opus Affair crew for a day at the opera! Get a C-level seat (value $75) and dinner at Lucca Back Bay during the dinner break for a cool $75 (that's like going to the opera and getting dinner for free!)

Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen: By Richard Wagner; Conducted by Gil Rose. At NEC's Jordan Hall; 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; odysseyopera.org. September 15 only. @odysseyopera


Bold newcomer Bridge Rep presents the opening production of its inaugural season (after a very successful "tease" of The Lover toward the close of last season) as a co-production with NYC's Playhouse Creatures. Stephen Jeffreys' The Libertine is chock full of sex, scandal, and drinking (I'm sure you can see why it's one of my favorite plays already). The play, set in the 17th century, surrounds the Second Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot, and his pursuit of hedonism. This production features 13 actors from both Boston and New York, live (original) music, and some fantastic wigs. Get thee to the BCA!

The Libertine: By Stephen Jeffreys; Directed by Eric Tucker. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 539 Tremont Street, Boston; bridgerepofboston.com. Through September 22. @bridgerep