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SPOT NEWS:

I don't read the Boston GLOBE (I can't afford to buy it anymore).
But today's issue (Friday, 31 Oct.) has an article by Joel Brown about the inaugural prodiction of The BOSTON PUBLIC WORKS Group.
This is what it says:

Call it a double debut.
“Turtles,” at the Calderwood Pavilion through Nov. 8, is the first production of John Greiner-Ferris’s gritty, funny play about a family trying to survive on the mean streets of today’s America.

It’s also the inaugural show from Boston Public Works, a loose-knit troupe of seven playwrights trying to do more than survive on the mean streets of today’s American theater scene. Over the next two years or so, they’ll produce one show by each member, then disband.

“We’re trying to show other playwrights this is a viable alternative,” cofounder Greiner-Ferris says. “We’re not saying traditional theater should go away. We’re just saying this is a way to get more work out there.”

Getting new plays produced by existing companies isn’t easy, even for many established playwrights. Boston Public Works comprises seven playwrights of varying track records doing something about it instead of just complaining. Each playwright functions as artistic director of his or her own show. There are new skills to learn as they go.

“I always say we’re laying track in front of an oncoming locomotive,” Greiner-Ferris says. “God love the people who can use both sides of their brain. . . . Being [both] an artist and a producer-businessperson is extremely difficult.”

The troupe began to take shape with discussions in early 2013, with several of its members coming from the same writing group. As with most such efforts, membership has waxed and waned, but the current roster includes Greiner-Ferris and cofounder Kevin Mullins, along with Cassie M. Seinuk, Emily Kaye Lazzaro, Jess Foster, Jim Dalglish, and Laura Neubauer.

They modeled themselves at least in part on the group 13P, a collection of 13 mid-career playwrights in New York including Young Jean Lee and Sarah Ruhl, which produced one play by each member between 2003 and 2012 and then intentionally “imploded.” American Theatre magazine online just featured Boston Public Works in a piece with other groups around the country following in 13P’s footsteps: Orbiter 3 in Philadelphia, Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis, and The Welders in Washington, D.C.

Boston Public Works has advantages that 13P didn’t have when it started, Greiner-Ferris notes, notably social media. The group raised more than $22,000 on the fund-raising site Indiegogo — just under half of its goal, but most of the rest was made up by offline grants and donations, he says. Actors and designers are getting paid, too, he notes — “better than you’d get from typical fringe show, but not a living wage.”

The members held their first meeting in September 2013 at Mullins’s apartment near Porter Square in Cambridge. Greiner-Ferris says he intended his play to go last, to make sure everyone else got a turn, but no one wanted to go first, so he agreed.

“Turtles” tells the story of Bella, tough but tender mom to 15-year-old Foos and 9-year-old Finn. Tough because they’re living in their broken-down car in the shade of a Jesus-is-coming highway billboard somewhere in the desert in today’s America. The police come sniffing around with questions about custody. When a Jesus literally falls into their lives — a Latino with amazing car-repair skills, who may or may not be the Jesus — things get complicated.

“People like this need to be heard,” says Greiner-Ferris. “They’re not heroic, they’re not PC, but they’re people who are getting by in the world.”

He’s not calling it a world premiere, reserving that term in hopes a larger company will someday produce the show. Diversity in mind, his script specifies that the cast be all female, except for Jesus, and that the actors playing Bella and her children not be of the same race. The cast features Jackie Davis as Bella, Lauren Foster as Foos, Elle Borders as Finn, and Alexander Castillo-Nuńez as Jesus. Mal Malme and Nicole Dunn play multiple roles.

Boston Public Works’ second offering will be Seinuk’s “From the Deep,” directed by Lindsay Eagle, playing March 12-29 in the Black Box Theatre at the BCA. It takes place in the surreal Room of the Missing, where a vanished Boston college student and an Israeli POW held by Hamas try to help each other survive in their very different states of captivity.

“One of our mission statements is to create a roadmap for other playwrights,” says Seinuk. “In the past five years there have been a lot more plays self-produced, and a lot more playwrights doing this. And they’re doing it on their own, which I think is even harder. At least I have six people helping me, and John has had six people helping him. What’s really cool is, together we’re doing this.”

Obviously, I think more attention should be paid to NEW Plays!
Love,
===Larry Stark

SCROLL DOWN FOR:

1) REVIEWS of plays up and running
[This now, again, as complete as I can make it]
2) A LIST of all the theater in Massachusetts
[This, however is still Hopelessly out of date!]
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THEATER MIRROR Reviews of plays still running

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" **** till 23 November Reviewed by Tony Annicone

"Les Miserables" **** till 16 November Reviewed by Tony Annicone
"Mama Mia!" **** till 12 November A Review By Sheila Barth
"Bad Jews" **** till 29 November by Sheila Barth
"A Disappearing Number" ***** till 16 November A Review by Sheila Barth
"Dear Elizabeth" **** till 9 November A Review by Sheila Barth
"The Addams Family" **** till 9 November A Review by Sheila Barth
"The 25TH Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" **** till 2 November" Reviewed by Tony Annicone
"South Pacific" **** till 16 November A Review by Tony Annicone
"Enron" **** till 2 November Reviewed by Richard Pacheco

Reviews In Other Websites:

"The Addams Family"
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
(closes 9 November)

"Alice"
by Al Chase in White Rhino Report
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
by Kin Haire-Sargent in The Arts Fuse
by Kilian Melloy in The Edge
(closes 16 November)

"Bad Jews"
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Mark Faverman in Berkshire Fine Arts
by Robert Nesti in The Edge
by Mark Faverman in Berkshire Fine Arts
by R. Scott Reedy in Wicked Local
(closes 29 November)

"Brahman/i" in "The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy"
by Carolyn Clay in The ARTery WBUR
(closes 22 November)

"Bug"
by Paul Kolas in Worcester Telegram
(closes 23 October ??)

"Dear Elizabeth"
by Jared Bowen in WGBHtv
by Al Chase in White Rhino Report
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Hellen Epstein in The Arts Fuse
by Mark Faverman in Berkshire Fine Arts
by Kilian Melloy in The Edge
(closes 9 November)

"Dial M for Murder"
by Paul Kolas in Worcester Telegram
(closes 23 October)

"A Disappearing Number"
by Jules Becker in New England Entertainment Digest
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Arts Review
by Lin Haire-Sargent & Mark Meadows in The Arts Fuse
(closes 16 November)

"The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy"
by Carolyn Clay in The ARTery WBUR
(closes 22 November)

"Ether Dome"
by Jared Bowen in WGBHtv
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
by Mark Faverman in Berkshire Fine Arts
by Jody Feinberg in Wicked Local
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
by Joyce Kulhawik in Joyce's Choices
by Bill Marx in The Arts Fuse
(closes 23 November)

"it felt empty when the heart went at first but is all right now"
by Al Chase in White Rhino Report
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Arts Review
by Gillian Daniels in New England Theatre Geek
by Joyce Kulhawik in Joyce's Choices
(closes 1 November)

"Kalki" in "The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy"
by Carolyn Clay in The ARTery WBUR
(closes 22 November)

"Language of Angels"
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Arts Review
by Kitty Drexel in New England Theatre Geek
by Thomas Garvey in The Hub review
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
by Joyce Kulhawik in Joyce's Choices
by Kilian Melloy in The Edge
(closes 1 November)

"Much Ado About Nothing"
by Joyce Kulhawik in Joyce's Choices
by Danielle Rosvally in New Englnd Theatre Geek
by Ian Thal in The Arts Fuse
(closes 2 November)

"Shiv" in "The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy"
by Carolyn Clay in The ARTery WBUR
(closes 22 November)

PLAYS
UP AND RUNNING

This is a list, as complete as I can make it,
of everything on the boards in Massachusetts this week.
["Permanent productions" ("Shear Madness" etc.) are at the END of this list. Scroll down.]

Friday - Monday, 17 October - 2 November 2014

2 October - 1 November
"Fabulous Fable Factory"
@ THEATRE AT THE MOUNT
@ 444 Green Street, GARDNER MA
1(978)630-9388

9 - 26 October
"Stop/Kiss"
COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
4404 Falmouth Road, COTUIT MA
1(508)428-0669

10 - 26 October
"Boeing Boeing"
WALPOLE FOOTLIGHTERS
@ 2 Scout Road, EAST WALPOLE MA
1(508)668-8446

10 - 24 October
"Done to Death"
ATTLEBORO COMMUNITY THEATRE
@ Ezekiel Bates Lodge, 71 North Main Street, ATTLEBORO MA
1(508)226-8100

10 - 25 October
"Little Women, The Musical"
THEATRE III
@ 250 Central Street, ACTON MA
1(978)263-9070

10 - 25 October
"November"
QUANNAPOWITT PLAYERS
@ 15 Hopkins Street, READING MA
1(781)942-2212

16 - 26 October
"Dial "M" for Murder"
CALIOPE PRODUCTIONS INC.
@ 150 Main Street, Route 70, BOYLSTON MA
1(508)869-6887

17 - 25 October
"Bug"
ALGONKUIN THEATRE PROJECTS
@ 50 Douglas Road, WHITINSVILLE MA
1(508)272-0111

17 - 26 October
"Charlotte's Web"
THEATRE COMPANY OF SAUGUS
@ 85 Chestnut Street, SAUGUS MA
1(781)816-7019

17 October - 9 November
"Dear Elizabeth"
THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON INC.
@ 140 Clarendon Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)585-5676

17 - 26 October
"Peter Pan"
FRANKLIN PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY
@ 38 Main Street, FRANKLIN MA
1(508)528-8668

17 - 25 October
"Pride And Prejudice"
ENTER STAGE LEFT
@ 98 Hayden Rowe Street, HOPKINTON MA
1(508)435-9222

17 - 26 October
"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"
COLONIAL CHORUS PLAYERS
@ The Old House, 1249 Main Street, READING MA
1(781)944-9780

21 - 26 October
"The Magic Flute"
@ ARTS EMERSON
@ Paramount Center Main Stage, 559 Washington Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)824-8400

24 October - 29 November
"Bad Jews"
@ SPEAKeasy STAGE COMPANY
@ Boston Center for The Arts, 527 Tremont Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)482-3279

24 October - 1 November
"Assassins"
@ BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY THEATER DEPARTMENT
131 Summer Street, BRIDGEWATER MA
1(508)531-1000

24 October - 2 November
"Why Do Fools Fall in Loved?"
PRISCILLA BEACH THEATRE
800 Rocky Hill Road, PLYMOUTH MA
1(508)224-4888

25 October - 2 November
"Arsenic And Old Lace"
@ THE COMMUNITY HOUSE OF HAMILTON & WENHAM
284 Bay Road, SOUTH HAMILTON MA
1(978)468-4818

25 & 26 October
"Inside The Haunted House"
THE GERWICK PUPPETS
@ THE PUPPET SHOWPLACE, 32 Station Street, BROOKLINE MA
1(617)731-6400x101

25 October ONLY
"Poe! Poe! Poe!" READING
@ GATEWAYS PLAYERS THEATRE INC.
@ Gateway Arts Barn 111 Main Street, SOUTHBRIDGE MA
1(508)764-4531

30 October - 15 November
"Avenue Q"
THE VOKES PLAYERS
@ 97 Boston Post Road, WAYLAND MA
1(508)358-4034

31 October - 9 November
"Othelo"
THE MIT SHAKESPEARE
@ Somewhere on MIT Campus, CAMBRIDGE MA
NO PHONE

1 & 2 November
"Flat Stanley"
THE ACADEMY OF COMPANY THEATRE
@ 30 Accord Park Drive, NORWELL MA
1(781)871-2787 (ARTS)

1 - 16 November
"The House of Yes"
COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
4404 Falmouth Road, COTUIT MA
1(508)428-0669

And these undying classics:

??? - Forever
"Blue Man Group"
BLUE MAN GROUP
@ The Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, BOSTON MA
1(800)982-2787

??? - Forever
"Improv Asylum"
IMPROV ASYLUM
@ 216 Hanover Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)263-6887

??? - Forever
"Improv Boston"
IMPROV BOSTON
@ 40 Prospect Street, Central Square, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)576-1253

??? - Forever
"Shear Madness"
SHEAR MADNESS
@ The Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)426-5225

??? - Forever
"The Donkey Show"
AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE
@ Oberon, Massachusetts Avenue & Zero Arrow Street, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)495-2668

For an EVEN MORE COMPLETE list of "Coming Attractions" in Massachusetts
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30 Accord Park Dr.
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Guess how many THEATRES there are in BOSTON

N I N E?

N I N E T E E N?

T H I R T Y - N I N E?

That's Just In BOSTON, now. Eliminate Cambridge, Newton, Waltham, etc.
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