On the Town: Opus is On Fire

March 28, 2013

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Well, friends, you had best call the fire department*, because the results are in. Opus Affair is officially on fire. On Tuesday night, BostInno held their first annual 50 on Fire event, naming Opus Affair one of 50 of the city's "inventors, disrupters, luminaries, and newsmakers" (did I mention this was out of over 2,000 nominees and 200 finalists?). We are just humbled and grateful that the folks at BostInno and the countless nominators from the public think so much of what we do here. Also, we got a thing!! So, now, what better way to uphold the idea behind this award than to sally forth on another action packed #BostonArts weekend? I apologize in advance if we leave scorch marks behind...

*No, for real, please call the fire department.


Ryan Landry is on fire. The hilariously irreverent playwright whose camp sendups of classic cinema usually play at the Machine Center for the Performing Arts is enjoying his first production at a major regional theater. "M" is inspired by the 1931 Fritz Lang film of the same name, although you'll be hard pressed to find too many similarities. Landry's signature spin on this classic film about a serial murderer of children is sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles (file that under "sentences I never thought I'd have occasion to write").

Ryan Landry's "M": By Ryan Landry; Inspired by the film by Fritz Lang; Directed by Caitlin Lowans. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; huntingtontheatre.org. Through April 7. @huntington


Lynn Nottage is on fire. This fierce queen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Grant, and a Pulitzer Prize. Also drawing its inspiration from 1930s film (except here, instead of serial killers, we're moving to screwball comedies), Vera Stark takes a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. Vera, a maid and aspiring actress, lands in a Southern epic film where the action behind the cameras leaves her with a controversial legacy that endures for decades.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark: By Lynn Nottage; Directed by Summer L. Williams. At The Lyric Stage Company of Boston; 140 Clarendon Street, Boston; lyricstage.com. Through April 27. @lyricstageco


Amelia Broome is on fire. The incredible Boston-based actor is tackling one of contemporary theater's biggest beasts of a role: that of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Master Class. Countless luminaries have played the role, including original Zoe Caldwell, Patti Lupone, Dixie Carter, Faye Dunaway, and Tyne Daly to name a few. The play with music chronicles the larger-than-life diva's personal life through anecdotes given while conducting a master class at an unnamed university. This will certainly be a chance for Boston audiences to experience the virtuosity of both Broome's instrument and McNally's delicious writing.

Master Class: By Terrence McNally; Directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman. At the Charles Mosesian Theatre; 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown; newrep.org. Through April 21. @newrep