There's been an excess of ridiculously depressing news this week, and paired with temperatures that align with my personal conceptions of the apocalypse, these have all been a big bummer. Then, however, I discovered a couple of little nuggets that restored my faith in humanity (I also stepped back inside the air conditioning, which aided my positive outlook immensely). It turns out this week was a great one for the institution of marriage. Queen Elizabeth II signed same-sex marriage into law in the UK and superdiva Tina Turner got married in Switzerland, both events bolstering my "Must Move to Europe Now" convictions. Let's celebrate these wonderful triumphs out #OnTheTown because what's love got to do with it? Everything!
HOW WE GOT ON @ COMPANY ONE
Tina said it best—a one-horse town. While the hip hop revolution thrived in large cities in the late 1980s, it would not find its way to small towns and suburbs until much later. Three friends in a small town in the midwest discover this cultural phenomenon and forge an identity in this remixed coming-of-age story.
How We Got On: By Idris Goodwin; Directed by Summer L. Williams. At the Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts; 539 Tremont Street, Boston; companyone.org. Through August 17. @company_one
ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR @ CENTRAL SQUARE THEATRE
Three couples, three kitchens, three Christmas Eves. From the prolific and delightful pen of Alan Ayckbourn comes this comedy that is sure to strike a chord with anyone, not just the newly-married like Ms. Turner or all those British gays (hey, the holidays are infinitely stressful, and that stress is riotously entertaining when it's happening to someone else).
Absurd Person Singular: By Alan Ayckbourn; Directed by Daniel Gidron. At the Central Square Theatre; 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge; centralsquaretheatre.org. Through August 18. @centsqtheatre