On The Town: Shut Down

October 11, 2013

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Well, the government shut down this week. Something about healthcare. The last time this happened, Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky and Hootie and the Blowfish were in the Top 40. I know, I'm just as terrified as you are. Luckily, there's something you can do. You might be locked out of monuments, national parks, and space exploration, but you're certainly not locked out of any theaters or museums in Boston! Let's take a quick jaunt #OnTheTown this weekend before communism takes over officially and we're forced to start using the metric system!

THE MAGIC FLUTE @ BOSTON LYRIC OPERA

Beginning this weekend, Boston will play host to the world premiere of a new English adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute. A group of college students goes on an archeological trip to the Yucatan and one is bitten by a snake, unearthing the rich musical world of Mozart within a pyramid they explore. Featuring a cast and creative team with strong Boston roots as well as a new libretto authored partially by a former BLO artistic director, this season opener is truly a homegrown event.

BLO Prima members get $25 tickets to 2nd Friday performances.

And be sure to check out the Opera After Party, a new event immediately following Friday evening's performance of The Magic Flute, at the Wang Theatre.

The Magic Flute: Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder; New English Adaptation by Kelley Rourke, Leon Major and John Conklin; Conducted by David Angus; Stage direction by Leon Major. At the Citi Shubert Theatre; 265 Tremont Street, Boston; blo.org. Through October 13. @bostlyricopera

75TH ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF PARTY - STREET PIANOS @ CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON

By now, it's impossible for you to have missed one of Celebrity Series' Play Me, I'm Yours street pianos. The amazing art installation that has toured so many international cities has finally arrived in Boston, with 75 pianos for Celebrity Series' 75th Anniversary! (You can visit Opus Affair's piano right outside The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square!) To celebrate this truly unique citywide event, Celebrity Series is partnering with Opus to throw a kickoff party on Saturday night. Come toast this fabulous organization's diamond anniversary!

75th Anniversary Kickoff Party - Street Pianos: At The Galeria; 10 St. James Avenue, Boston; celebrityseries.org. October 5 only. @celebrityseries

ROMEO AND JULIET @ ACTORS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT

Another milestone in the Boston arts scene (I'm feeling a trend, this season) is the 10th anniversary of Actors' Shakespeare Project. The company is celebrating this birthday with Romeo and Juliet, arguably the Bard's most iconic and well-known work. Being staged in Dorchester's historic Strand Theatre and directed by company members Bobbie Steinbach and Allyn Burroughs, this is surely a Romeo and Juliet not to miss.

Romeo and Juliet: By William Shakespeare; Directed by Bobbie Steinbach and Allyn Burrows. At the Strand Theatre; 543 Columbia Road, Boston; actorsshakespeareproject.org. Through November 3. @aspboston

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