On The Town: Grand Theft Boston Arts

September 19, 2013

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It was recently brought to my attention that the newest installment in the Grand Theft Auto series is actually the most expensive video game ever created. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Kyle, you don't play video games, how could you possibly care?" What you don't know, however, is that video games all play a part in this week's #BostonArts offerings! Don't let me hang up any further on this intro, though. Press start and join me #OnTheTown for some Video Game Realness!

NIGHT OF STARS @ BOSTON BALLET

Run out of tokens to play another round of Words with Friends? Escape outside for some ballet! A season kickoff event traditionally reserved for high rollers, the Boston Ballet is bringing their Night of Stars to the public with a giant, one-night-only performance outside on Boston Common! The evening's performance promises to be a pu pu platter of works from the company's repertoire, including highlights of the upcoming season and a surprise world premiere! Kick off this year's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the company with this truly special evening.

Night of Stars: On the Boston Common; At the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets; bostonballet.org. September 21 only. @bostonballet

COLUMBINUS @ ARTSEMERSON

The Columbine shooting really was the first time national attention was drawn to the influence violent video games may have on youth. The events surrounding 1999's Littleton, Colorado shooting spree are placed under the magnifying glass in this sobering drama from Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, who directs this production by Chicago's American Theatre Company. Woven together from interviews of students around the country, community members from Littleton, diary entries, and home videos to examine the dark psyches of these troubled teens.

columbinus: By Stephen Karam & PJ Paparelli; Directed by PJ Paparelli. At the Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Paramount Center; 559 Washington Street, Boston; artsemerson.org. Through September 29. @artsemerson

NO EXIT @ GUERILLA OPERA

Three deceased people are locked into a room in hell for eternity, where they learn that there is truly no greater demonic torture than each other. These whiners obviously don't know the depths of pain I experience whenever I get another invitation to play Candy Crush Saga. Sartre's iconic existential play gets the chamber opera treatment in a brand new production of an opera debuted by Guerilla Opera in 2008. As if producing and commissioning new opera works wasn't ahead of the curve enough for this company, the Friday evening performance of No Exit will be livestreamed through their website!

No Exit: Adapted from the play by Jean-Paul Sartre by Andy Vores; Direction by Nathan Troup. At the Zack Box at Boston Conservatory; 8 The Fenway, Boston; guerillaopera.com. Through September 22. @guerillaopera

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