This New Year, everyone’s first resolution should be to pop the cork on a delicious bottle of bubbly. On Saturday, December 26th, 2015 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM, The Wine ConneXtion will pour a parade of carefully selected wines at its complimentary “Bringing in the New Year: Champagnes & Sp[...]
When: Dec 26, 2015 1 PM in North Andover, Massachusetts Cost: Purchase is optional (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13 )
Drink, Drink and Be Merry With Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
With more than 1,600 cans and over 450 bottle of beer consumed onstage, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has racked up impressive numbers. Ripping a page out of the ingeniously sloppy series Drunk History, the theater troupe behind Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare inserts an entirely inebriated cast member into an entirely serious production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Laugh-out-loud funny and completely interactive, the show has been selling out shows in the UK since 2010 and finally has made its way stateside. With audiences dictating when the drunk actor must drink more, no two performances are ever the same. And lest you think it disrespectful, it's all based on the good 'ol days of the raucous, interactive and vibrant Elizabethan theater scene. The most fun, bawdy Shakespeare play you'll ever see happens at Laugh Boston.
When: Nov 28, 2015 6 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: COMP - $15.00 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18 )
The Show Against Humanity: Comedy Inspired by "Cards Against Humanity" Game
In keeping with the party game's wicked sense of humor, makers of the insanely popular Cards Against Humanity actually raised its price on Black Friday ... and fans still went in crazy. That's how addictive -- and devious -- this game/social sensation truly is. Now it has inspired a live show at the Improv Asylum, The Show Against Humanity. Billed as a "Show for Awful People," this production features Main Stage actors, alumni and special guests staging some of the most politically incorrect, just plain "wrong" scenes you're ever going to see. You may hate yourself for laughing, but laugh you will at this edgy new show.
When: Dec 4, 2015 11:59:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $7.50 (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 23:59:00 )
Nunsense: The Mega Musical -- Hit Holiday Musical Comedy
The hilarious Little Sisters of Hoboken from Nunsense: The Mega Musical are back for another wacky holiday misadventure. After a bunch of their fellow nuns are poisoned by some bad soup, the sisters decide to organize a fundraiser in the form of a variety show. The school auditorium is set to host an eighth-grade production of Grease, but that won't stop these silly sisters. With book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, this seasonal musical farce is the Theatre Company of Saugus' winter highlight, combining live theater and puppetry in a unique and festive performance. As an added bonus, this is the expanded cast version of the popular show. In addition to those nuns you love, some priests, brothers and a bunch of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students are also joining the fun at the East Saugus United Methodist Church.
When: Dec 11, 2015 8 PM in Saugus, Massachusetts Cost: $8.50 (Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20 )
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Reinvented With Fully Immersive Production
There may be no place like home, but there's definitely no place like Oz. Get ready to follow the yellow brick road into a magical world of fun with Winter Panto 2016: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When a terrible twister sweeps up young Dorothy and her trusty dog Toto, the two find themselves in a technicolor world full of witches, munchkins and flying monkeys. Accompanied by a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion, Dorothy must journey to the Emerald City and find her way back home. But things take an interesting turn when she realizes Auntie Em has also followed her somewhere over the rainbow. Whether it's completing the end of a rhyme, singing along or calling out sneaky characters, this production from imaginary beasts will put you in the center of all the action. Making its way to the Boston Center for the Arts, Winter Panto 2016: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will have you experience the beloved tale like never before.
When: Jan 14, 2016 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $10.00 (Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19 )
Duck Tours: See Boston Via Land & Water on Amphibious Vehicles
Experience Boston from both land and water by traveling in an amphibious World War II-style landing vehicle called a "Duck." With a friendly and informative conDUCKtor behind the wheel, you'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, including the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, the Boston Garden arena, Boston Common, Copley Square, Big Dig, Government Center, fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market, Prudential Tower and more. As the best of Boston passes before your eyes, you'll hear lots of little-known facts and interesting insights about this unique and wonderful city. Then your conDUCKtor will drive the vehicle right into the Charles River for breathtaking views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
When: Nov 27, 2015 9 AM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $24.21 (Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09 )
Improv Asylum's Mainstage Show Blends Improv and Sketch Comedy
Improv Asylum's Mainstage Show features a troupe of actors plus a musician who provide a mix of both improvisational and sketch comedy for your entertainment pleasure. These veteran performers are pros at coming up with comic scenes based solely on suggestions that you provide, and since each show has a different theme, anything can happen, and no two shows are ever the same. Come visit the madcap personalities at the Improv Asylum -- it's one of the best bets for comedy in all of Beantown.
When: Dec 3, 2015 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $11.00 (Thu, 03 Dec 2015 20 )
Matt Braunger has a flair for telling a tale. Whether he's recounting the drunken antics he witnessed as a bartender, describing his surprisingly stressful victory at Bingo, or explaining why single men can sometimes be SO creepy, Braunger knows how to milk his stories for lots of laughs. Braunger's career has been on the rise the past few years, thanks to a recurring role on NBC's Up All Night, a regular guest spot on Chelsea Lately and his time as a cast member on MADtv, where he impersonated everyone from Andy Griffith to Nick Jonas. He's appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan and the The Late Show. He was also named one of Variety's "Top 10 Comics to Watch." Get ready to laugh with this gifted young talent at Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant in Somerville.
When: Jan 7, 2016 7 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts Cost: $6.00 (Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19 )
Improv Asylum founders and original cast members Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette take the stage with current Improv Asylum actors, alums and special guests to perform two extended sets of anything-goes, hilarious longform improvisation in Vanity Project. It's a different show every time with this group of top-notch performers. Goldstar members who've attended call it "improv comedy at its best" and "a fantastic, laugh till it hurts but you can't stop laughing" event.
When: Dec 2, 2015 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $7.50 (Wed, 02 Dec 2015 20 )
A Technopocalypse Threatens Bethlehem, PA in The Shepherds' Singularity
Time travel, talking animals, singing angels, technology gone haywire -- it all adds up to a rollicking good time in Come On Over Ensemble Theater's new "futuristic play-with-music" The Shepherds' Singularity. The technological singularity is near, and the citizens of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are terrified that they'll become obsolete in era when artificial intelligence has far exceeded human intellectual capacity -- and control. When a self-proclaimed technology expert comes to calm the townsfolks' fears, he finds himself at the mercy of mysterious forces that send him on a journey through space and time, where he encounters medieval shepherds, super-intelligent sheep, an angel, the uncanny valley and another town named Bethlehem you may have heard of.
When: Dec 3, 2015 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $12.50 (Thu, 03 Dec 2015 20 )
Barefoot in the Park: Neil Simon's Classic Newlywed Comedy
Newlyweds Paul and Corie are just starting their life together in a tiny Manhattan apartment. He's a straight-laced lawyer and she's a free spirit who's always looking for the latest adventure. Paul doesn't understand Corie's relaxed ways, and she'd like him to be just a bit more spontaneous. Something as simple as running "barefoot in the park" would be a start. Throw in a New York brownstone in disrepair, an eccentric neighbor and a surprise visit from Corie's mother, and watching the ups and downs of married life has never been so enjoyable. This Tony-nominated comedy from Neil Simon (The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers) is filled with the playwright's trademark witty repartee and hilarious characters.
When: Nov 27, 2015 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: COMP - $17.50 (Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20 )
Whose Line Is it Anyway? meets Saturday Night Live at sketch and improv comedy theater Improv Asylum, located in the heart of Boston's North End. Their popular matinee show Afternoon Delight features actors from the Main Stage cast along with alumni and NXT company actors in a hilarious, fully improvised two-act show. It's an interactive experience that's different every time, brought to you by the group that's been featured on HBO and has performed at top festivals nationwide.
When: Nov 28, 2015 4 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $10.00 (Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16 )
Boston Gay Men's Chorus' Holiday Show: Ho Ho Ho
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus is filling Jordan Hall with merriment this holiday season. A highlight of this year's show, Ho Ho Ho, is the premiere of a "Forbidden Holiday" segment from the writers of off-Broadway hit, Forbidden Broadway, featuring hilarious songs like "If I Were a Gentile" and "Pink Christmas." The entire show is a celebration of the season with traditional favorites and a dancing troupe of Santas performing their version of a can-can. And that's just part of what the chorus is unwrapping this year. They'll put the "Merry" into Christmas with this thoroughly entertaining holiday spectacular.
When: Dec 19, 2015 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $10.00 - $52.00 (Sat, 19 Dec 2015 20 )
Ivan Amodei: Acclaimed Magician in Intimate Illusions
Master magician Ivan Amodei's intimate, elegant, 90-minute performance cleverly combines world-class illusions and skilled sleight-of-hand with razor-sharp wit, audience participation and live music accompaniment by a talented concert cellist. Amodei's a stellar entertainer who charms and amazes audiences by manipulating time, uncovering a spectator's destiny, controlling a random audience member's fate and even performing a Houdini-like escape. The Los Angeles Times named Intimate Illusions a Top Pick, and the show's played to acclaim in D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and at its home base in Beverly Hills. Now you can be part of the magic when the show comes to Boston's Omni Parker House.
When: Dec 26, 2015 2 PM in Boston, Massachusetts Cost: $25.00 - $75.00 (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14 )
Randy Patterson is a musician/singer/songwriter, plays guitar and mandolin, and lives in Brewster on Cape Cod. Since relocating to Cape Cod in 2007, performs frequently throughout Cape Cod. Randy enjoys playing as a band member as well as playing solo, performing original songs. Throughout his musical journey he has opened shows for such artists as John Hartford, David Bromberg, Elvin Bishop, amomg others. Current projects include Tim Sweeney & The Fringe, Higher Ground String Band, among others.
When: Nov 30, 2015 7 PM in Cotuit, Massachusetts (Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19 )
How much more black can this year's Black Friday get? "None more" with the Andrew Martin Experience live at the Back Page in Lowell!! Come on out and dance off all those extra Thanksgiving helpings on the dance floor! We won't stop until we see mashed potatoes and green bean casserole coming out of your pores!! In the spirit of Black Friday doorbusters, get there early at 9pm to see the awesome Hollywood Ghosts. www.facebook.com/thehollywoodghosts Andrew Martin Experience! Live! Friday 11/27/15 10:00pm - 1:00am Back Page 15 Kearney Sq Lowell, MA 01852 http://www.backpagelowell.com
When: Nov 27, 2015 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20 )
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