On the Town: September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

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I may be a princess, but I'm never a drama queen.

Hello friends! This week we're taking a bit of a throwback to the humble origins of #OnTheTown. You may not know this, but in the olden days, I took great pains to always make sure I included a Real Housewives of anywhere reference in all of my posts. Unfortunately, as you might imagine, this is not a sustainable practice and it soon fell by the wayside. Well, to make up for the inexcusable lack of Housewives of late (and to try to hold on to #RHONY as long as I can before this season ends), I present to you #OnTheTown: The one with all the Housewives.


If this play were a housewife, it would be [former cast member] Jill Zarin. Unapologetically "townie" and not quite as polished as her castmates, her no-nonsense attitude always gets the job done. Good People, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's ode to his hometown of South Boston, is absolutely brilliant in its current production at the Huntington. At once both absolutely hysterical and achingly poignant, it's impossible to have a bad time at this play. Johanna Day (who I'm still reeling at over her performances in August: Osage County YEARS ago) brings amazing life to the lead character of Maggie, while local fierce favorites Nancy Carroll and Karen MacDonald (who I may have called a gift from Jesus on Twitter) turn it on in featured roles.

Good People: By David Lindsay-Abaire; Directed by Kate Whoriskey. At the Boston University Theatre; 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-266-0800; huntingtontheatre.org. Through October 14. @huntington


Beautiful objects exploding to shards on the floor—sounds like Sonja Morgan to me! Ex-wife of JP Morgan heir John, recently being slapped with a major lawsuit and declaring bankruptcy mean Sonja's seen better days (sort of like a lot of the subjects in the Ori Gerscht show). Stunning, evocative images that look like still lives from the Dutch Golden Age are actually super-slow motion video about to explode or shatter. The entire 25-piece show deals with temporal beauty in the context of some challenging historical content. Definitely not to be missed before it leaves the MFA!

Ori Gerscht: History Repeating: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-267-9300; mfa.org. Through January 6, 2013. @mfaboston


Political drama and tensions concerning class and race can mean only one thing: Princess Carole Radziwill. Former international reporter for 20/20, she's seen and done it all. The fantastic Tony award-winning musical Ragtime chronicles the turn of the 20th century in New York City as told through three different groups: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants. This important story is being tackled beautifully by Fiddlehead Theatre at Dorchester's historic Strand Theatre, in a production The Boston Globesays could revive Dorchester—a big charge, indeed, but I'm confident in these fabulous theater artists. I cannot wait to see this production!

Ragtime: Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Book by Terrence McNally; Based on E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime. At the historic Strand Theatre; 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester; 617-635-1403; strandboston.com. Through October 7. @fiddleheadtheat