Last year, while I was on vacation in Paris with my husband-then-boyfriend, we had the fanciest meal I've ever had—for lunch. There was course after course after course. Then, the duck came. We ate the duck and discussed whether to move onto cheese or straight to dessert. Then, a curious thing happened. More duck appeared. This was one of the most welcome surprises of my life. Surprise duck.
Much like surprise duck, baseball season in Boston just keeps adding unexpected courses to the season! If you're going to the first playoff game at Fenway this weekend, I hope you enjoy and may God have mercy on your soul (I've decided to skip town for the weekend to avoid the crowds). If you're instead looking for some #BostonArts that will keep you at a safe distance from the park, I encourage you to head out #OnTheTown for some fabulous arts offerings! And #GoSox!
N.B. If anyone has any connections that might allow me to recreate the photo of this week's column, please email me.
THE POWER OF DUFF @ HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Newscaster Charlie Duff causes controversy and begins a movement when he decides one evening to sign off his show with a prayer. As his audience grows by the millions, he's forced to reflect on his own beliefs and estranged family. Helmed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois and featuring an excess of multimedia flourishes (and ice skating men in loincloths--seriously), the premiere production of this transformative story is not to be missed.
The Power of Duff: By Stephen Belber; Directed by Peter DuBois. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; huntingtontheatre.org. Through November 9. @huntington
BARITONES UNBOUND @ ARTEMERSON
Unlike the suggestion of the title, this is not a solo show about Graham Wright having one tipple too many and removing his clothes. This show, however, promises to be so fabulous that your disappointment at this will quickly recede. Conceived by dreamboat of talent Marc Kudisch, this cabaret-style evening traces the history of the baritone voice from Gregorian chant through showtunes and popular music. It also doesn't hurt that the gentlemen are easy on the eyes.
Baritones Unbound: Conceived by Marc Kudisch; Music Direction by Timothy Splain; Directed by David Dower. At the Paramount Center; 559 Washington Street, Boston; artsemerson.org. Through October 20. @artsemerson
Now in its eighth year, it's safe to say that the Honk Festival is a verified tradition that is neat enough to even make this stubborn Bostonian get his shots in order, grab his passport, and cross the river. Local, national, and international bands will descend on various neighborhoods throughout Cambridge and Somerville and spread their social activist music-making and instigate positive change. Plus, fabulous costumes. Lots of them.
Honk Festival: Throughout the neighborhoods of Cambridge and Somerville; honkfest.org. Through October 13. @honkfest