Shop and Play – Curtains Up!

The spring theater season hits its stride this month – get out there and take in some culture, people! Whether you’re into straight-up drama, music, or vintage cinema, here’s a look at what’s new around town:

- The New Rep Theatre at The Arsenal Center for the Arts hosts the world premiere of playwright Steve Yockey’s Blackberry Winter, running now through April 17. The play is told through the eyes of Vivienne, a funny, quirky slightly control-freaky insomniac who’s forced to come to grips with her mom’s sudden Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Watch an interview with the author here and get box office info on the New Rep website.


- Harvard Square’s American Repertory Theater (ART) has two worthy shows happening right now at two separate venues. HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True is a powerful work of performance art that blends social commentary and real-life stories based on real issues affecting the lives of Nigerian women. It’s meant to empower women to break the culture of silence, remove barriers, and create solutions. HEAR WORD! is playing one weekend only, April 15-17, at the Harvard Dance Theater (ticket info).

At the Oberon, the ART is hosting We’re All Gonna Die – a play the New York Times called “sly, weird and thoroughly winning.” Playwright Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men) combines storytelling, music, and stand-up as he tackles the bracing issue of our own mortality. Go here to preview songs from the show, and get ticket info here.  

- Cambridge’s Sinclair music and dining venue always has a full schedule, and this month is no different. April’s line-up includes performances by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Naked and Famous, and Transit, among many others (those cocktails, though)! Head here for the complete music calendar, dining menu, and ticket info. 

- Vintage cinema fans need to set reminders for April 26th, when Harvard Square’s Brattle Theatre will host a free screening and discussion of 1984 cult classic The Pope of Greenwich Village. The evening’s guest commentator Chuck Hogan, best-selling author of The Town, will introduce the movie and stick around for Q and A afterwards. Watch the movie trailer here and get event info on the Brattle Theatre website.

- The Central Square Theater company tackles Tom Stoppard’s legendary play Arcadia, playing now through May 1st. Time hopping between the present day and early 19th Century England, Arcadia deals in romantic entanglements, scientific theory, and mysterious characters, while managing to be hysterically funny. The April 17th performance features a special post-performance conversation with the director – don’t miss it! Head here for ticket info.