Monday, November 17, 2014

Charles Busch on Acting and Writing

Charles Busch on Acting and Writing

By Jake Smerechniak


It’s difficult to compare any individual in theatrical history to Charles Busch, a seriously unique icon both on and off the stage. This year, the theatrical world is celebrating 30 years of Mr. Busch's work, including The Tale of the Allergist's Wife running Nov. 21-Dec. 20 at The Lyric Stage. Get Tickets Here


The Actress

One of Mr. Busch’s most defining features is that he prefers playing women in his plays. During an interview, he even stated that “the actress” was his alter ego. In all, Charles Busch (and much of this audiences) enjoys it when his unique style manifests in his work. He typically employs a rather campy tone to his stories and is able to draw attention to himself with thematic elements of his own life sprinkled throughout the components of the piece. 


Motivation

His motivation to write plays came from his inability to land any roles while in college at Northwestern University. It was not long, however, before people began noticing him for his new ideas and provocative subject matter within his works.

On the topic of drag, Charles Busch elaborated on it by stating that when he is dressed in drag, he isn’t “this shy young man but a powerful woman.” He sees the female roles that he writes for himself as liberating, giving him the means necessary to spice up the show.


Future Works

In this interview, Charles Busch outlines some of the reasons that pushed him toward writing for the stage. He also describes roughly what he still expects to create before his career is over. 



Moviestar 

Busch describes his feminine approach to theatre very differently than “naturalistic” femininity. He supposedly takes on more of a “moviestar” persona, with characteristics of old-time movie actresses. You can see examples of this style he takes on here:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMcr_7lsKOg

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Curtain Report for November 15 - 21


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What to See in Boston this Week
By Artistic Assistant, Jake Smerechniak

As we bolt right through the month of November, musicals and plays are popping up everywhere. A lot of runs are starting in order to finish up before the holiday season gets too busy. If you are still in Boston this coming week and aren’t leaving the city early for Thanksgiving, be sure to take advantage of the many shows that are going up. It can sometimes get a little thin in theatre attendance around the holidays. The shows are fantastic, all the same however. Many runs start and end this same week so do not wait!

11/20 - 11/23 The World Goes ‘Round @ Emerson Stage

Join Emerson Stage for their Fall musical, taking place in the Greene theatre at Emerson College. Don’t miss this fabulous revue of Kander and Ebb’s groundbreaking musical theatre material, from Chicago to Kiss of the Spiderwoman as well as many more. Attending this show is a fantastic way to show support for the local collegiate theatre scene. The World Goes ‘Round opens on Thursday.
Click here for more info

11/20 - 12/7 The Trip to Bountiful @ ArtsEmerson
An American classic comes to ArtsEmerson on Thursday. Don’t miss Cicely Tyson in her reprising performance as Carrie Watts.
Click here for a short video trailer
Click here for more general info

11/19 - 11/22 Godspell @ Regis College Theatre Company
Don’t miss out on this unique musical, based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew.
Click here for more info

11/20 - 11/23 The Italian Girl in Algiers @ The Boston Conservatory
A beautiful Italian Opera following a young girl’s journey to find her love in Algiers.
Click here for more info

11/14 - 11/22 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead @ The Longwood Players
This production of the famous story of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is only up for one week, right over in Cambridge.
Click here for more info

Monday, November 10, 2014

Memories of Dear Elizabeth


By Eliza Sanchez, Marketing Assistant

Dear Elizabeth,

Where do we even begin? Seeing this play come together from script to open to close has been simply...enchanting. And fun. And exciting. Amazing. A long list of adjectives, really. An incredible amount of hard work and dedication went into making this spectacular production the success that it has been, but we also had a lot of fun along the way! We’ve just got to tell you about some of our favorite memories

You might not know this but the railroad used in the set actually belonged to director A. Nora Long’s father and uncle (Ed and Jim Long) when they were children! We got to hear what they had to say about the train set, describing the different trains and how they used to play with them, and even how one part of the set was “lost” in their “experiments with centrifugal force”...we can only imagine what a disaster that might’ve been! The video is awesome, but don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself on our YouTube channel and don't forget to subscribe!


It was pretty cool meeting and talking to Ed and Jim Long, but they weren’t the only ones who did a behind the scenes interview. Laura Latreille and Ed Hoopman (who played Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell) sat down and interviewed each other about some of their experiences with the show. The way they interact with each other is so effortless, and we loved seeing their off-stage banter translate into spellbinding on-stage chemistry. We’re not sure what moment is better in this interview: when Ed tells Laura he’s most excited about working with her during the play (and she laughs!) or when Ed asks Laura how she feels she most relates to Bishop, and then goes on to tell Laura the two must be “soul sisters.” Since we can’t decide which we like better, you’ll have to! 


Right around when all these interviews were going on, the play was opening up here at The Lyric Stage, on October 17, to be exact. And it was a hit! The audiences and critics alike fell in love. The Boston Globe called it, “...imaginative, and imaginatively detailed,” and Berkshire Fine Arts applauded the lovely director, stating, “A. Nora Long's elegant direction allows the narrative prose to fluidly become poetry and the characters to each dance to their personal and at times combined rhythms.” On the actors, The White Rhino Report said it best: “Mr. Hoopman and Ms. Latreille are each letter perfect…” We wholeheartedly agree! 


If the critics didn’t have the cast and crew blushing with humble pride, the guests of the show sure did. We love Twitter, and we love that we can connect with our audiences through Twitter. A lot of awesome feedback comes our way here. 

One user told us the play was “Unique, innovative, and beautiful! (@anniejhawk)” 

Another said “My heart is tied up in knots after watching the beautiful work in #DearElizabeth... (@_AmiliAmili)” 

It’s great having tweets like “Dear Elizabeth @LyricStageCo is fantastic! The use of sound and projections... *swoon* (@skbrownell)” come our way, but we do get more than just tweets! 

We actually got to film and compile several guest reactions post-performance one night, and now they’re up on YouTube for everyone to see! “Full of romantic tension…” “The staging is just magical!” “It was pure delight.” 



A. Nora Long, the Director, shared what she felt was the highlight of the process for her. Sarah Ruhl’s script calls for subtitles, so the production team came up with the brilliant idea to use a projector to illuminate the stage with the necessary information as well as beautiful visual effects. Nora says that working on the Lyric’s stage with the projector and seeing the projections come together with the actor’s movements for the first time was one of the moments that really sticks out to her, and that she loves. The projections were some of our favorite moments too―seeing the water pool onto the stage, or Elizabeth and Robert sitting in the warm sand, or watching the two stand among the flurry of letters at the end...the whole thing was mesmerizing and masterfully done. 


We’re sad it’s over, but it has been a great few months. This production has been filled with hard work, laughter, and friendship, and we’re sad to see it go. However, we know that there’s so much more awesome things to come, like The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and Red Hot Patriot after that. Here at the Lyric we are so proud of everyone involved with what we do, from cast to crew to the people in the offices to our audiences...seriously everyone. Thank you for being a part of our family here, and thank you for gracing us with all you had to offer. We look forward to hearing from you again.

“Elizabeth told me about Robert Lowell. She said, ‘He’s my best friend.’ When I met him a few years later, I mentioned that I knew her and he said, ‘Oh, she’s my best friend.’ It was nice to think that she and Lowell both thought of each other in the same way” (Thom Gunn, Remembering Elizabeth Bishop, 244.)

With love,
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Curtain Report.jpgWhat to See in Boston this Week

By Jake Smerechniak

We are making our way through November with attractions everywhere in Boston as usual. Many productions have have begun their runs. Be sure not to miss out on these performances before the shows come down. With Thanksgiving upon us, there’s only so much time left to see shows before you go out of town or have relatives over. Don’t forget to support school performances in the area as well, as many colleges have Fall cabarets, open mics, and many other concerts and productions before the vacation hits.

11/12 - 11/23 Krapp’s Last Tape / The Dumb Waiter @ Boston Center for American Performance


A performance of one-acts; this performing arts center is the professional extension of Boston University’s Theatre School. The Press opening is this coming Thursday, while the general opening is the following Friday. Easily reachable, Boston University dishes out several performances a year but be sure not to miss the professional aspect of their theatre offerings. 
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10/17 - 11/23 Ether Dome @ Huntington Theatre Company
A “provocative medical thriller,” this production is most definitely going to get your gears turning as it provides an incredibly compelling story. It closes in two weeks!
Click here for a montage of press photos and information
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11/7 - 11/22 6 Hotels @ Hub Theatre Company of Boston
Bringing six stories of humanity to life is this play by Israel Horovitz, closing in two weeks. Don’t miss the fabulous productions being offered by this two-year theatre company.
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11/10 Agnes Obel presented by World Music/CRASHarts
After double-platinum debut hit “Philharmonics” which was very popular in Europe, Agnes Obel now brings her beautiful, aesthetic tunes of melancholia. One day only.
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11/8 - 11/22 Bye Bye Birdie @ Footlight Club
If you are itching for some musical theatre this week or in the weeks ahead, don’t miss the Footlight Club’s production of the American musical classic, Bye Bye Birdie.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dear Elizabeth Boston Walking Tour

Ed Hoopman* as Robert Lowell and Laura Latreille*
as Elizabeth Bishop in Dear Elizabeth
You’ve probably heard of the Boston Literary District, but here at the Lyric Stage, we’ve devised a whole new way for you to experience it ― through the eyes of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell! In honor of our production of Dear Elizabeth, we put together a walking tour of Literary District landmarks directly affiliated with Bishop and Lowell. It is truly an adventure, filled with historical and bookish delight, and we sincerely hope you take the time to check it out. We promise it’ll be worth it!. 









91 Revere Street




91 Revere Street, up in the lovely Beacon Hill neighborhood, was Robert Lowell’s childhood home. Here he experienced familial tensions that eventually lead to him leaving home when he was a Harvard student in 1937. This address became the name for his prose piece that, in combination with other poems in his volume Life Studies, offers a glimpse at the childhood he once knew. Today, 91 Revere Street is a private home, but you’re welcome (and we encourage you!) to walk by and take a look at the birthplace of the brilliant and influential Robert Lowell. 

88 Mt Vernon Street




Mount Vernon Street, also in Beacon Hill, has been home to several literary figures as they spent time in Boston, including Henry James (No. 131), Julia Ward Howe (No. 32), and Robert Frost (No. 88, built 1880). What does this have to do with Elizabeth Bishop or Robert Lowell, you ask? Well it turns out that Lowell knew Frost, bringing to him at this very residence one of his early poems from his Harvard days. Lowell would later write a sonnet in tribute to Frost, titled “Robert Frost,” in which he “recounts a devastating encounter between the two poets.”Furthermore, upon Frost’s passing, Lowell wrote a tribute to him in The New York Review of Books.Like Lowell’s childhood home, Frost’s former residence is now a private dwelling, but who knows? Maybe you could move in there someday! Take a walk past it as you make your way through our tour, and take in the history that surrounds it. It’ll be like Frost and Lowell never even left! 

9 Willow Street

9 Willow Street, 6th floor, (another one of those awesome Beacon Hill dwellings) was one of the many homes that Sylvia Plath inhabited. She and her husband Ted Hughes lived here in 1958, both focusing on their writing, while Plath also worked part-time at Massachusetts General Hospital during their stay at Willow Street. Again, you might be wondering why we’re talking about someone who isn’t Bishop or Lowell, but, as some may know, Sylvia Plath was one of Lowell’s “circle,” among other literary figures such as Anne Sexton and Kathleen Spivack (who wrote a memoir about it called With Robert Lowell and His Circle). Plath was deeply influenced by Lowell’s work, and the “pivotal moment” in her career is said to have come from her deep questioning of Lowell’s use of the word “somewhere” in his 1963 interview with A. Alvarez. Today, Plath’s old apartment is on and off for sale, but still viewable from street level ― another delightful stop on our tour! 

Beacon Street, Opposite State House ―  Robert Gould Shaw Memorial



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Ever seen the movie Glory? That 1989, heart-shattering Civil War film starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman? Well, if you have, then you’re familiar with Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who led the first volunteer regiment of African-American soldiers, the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, a bronze sculpture honoring the young colonel and his regiment, can be found on Beacon Street, across from the State House. Interestingly, in Robert Lowell’s poem “For the Union Dead,” Lowell contrasts “Boston's historic era of heroism with the modern era of cars and parking garages.” This poem was inspired by and references this very memorial. Stop by here and contemplate the great sacrifice and honor of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, and how its story compelled Lowell to make a commentary on wartime heroism. 

There are several other stops on our Dear Elizabeth tour, but we just wanted to highlight a few of our favorites for you! We hope you can find the time to investigate some or all of these awesome historical sites, and see Boston from Lowell and Bishop’s eyes. Don’t forget to come see the Lyric Stage Company’s presentation of Dear Elizabeth, running until November 9, 2014. 
www.lyricstage.com/tickets.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Curtain Report: Oct. 25th-Oct. 31st

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What to See in Boston this Week

By Jake Smerechniak

We're already finishing up the month of October and it's flying by! Concluding this coming week is Halloween, but be sure to catch at least some of the amazing theatre Boston has to offer before you go into scare-mode. Take advantage of your last chance to see some of these amazing performances that are closing next weekend, or if you aren’t a big Halloween fan and would prefer to treat yourself rather than trick others, go ahead and see a show that’s opening on Halloween night! 

10/30 - 11/22 Chosen Child @ Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Chosen Child
On October 30th, the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre will be bringing you their production of Chosen Child, a touching play surrounding the elements that make up a family. Following the story of three generations of mothers and memories and a schizophrenic man, this performance is guaranteed to make you question the most important aspects of a tightly-bound family. Familial relationships are explored and expanded upon. Don’t miss this heart-jerker before it closes the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
http://www.bu.edu/bpt/


10/31 - 11/9 Blue Window @ Brown Box Theatre Project

Looking for a touch of comedy? This show explores the relationships among vastly different symbolic characters at a dinner party while utilizing “comic irony,” as the site states.
http://www.brownboxtheatre.org/blue.html


10/23 - 11/1 Language of the Angels @ Happy Medium Theatre

Follow the story of what happens when a girl goes missing and her nine friends are left with nothing but guilt and ghostly cries. Closing in a week!
http://www.happymediumtheatre.com/


10/22 - 10/26 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum @ Boston College Theatre Department

Sondheim’s classic farce has come to Boston College. Don’t miss this hilarious musical! It closes this Sunday at 2pm.
http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/theatre/perfandpro/the-2014---2015-season/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum.html


10/28 - 11/2 Mamma Mia! @ Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre

Lexus Broadway in Boston presents the unforgettably smash hit musical “Mamma Mia!” Opening Monday and located right in the heart of the Emerson College campus, this is a must-see.
For tickets:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/8207/1120969?brand=baa&CAMEFROM=CFC_BAABOS_MMA_BAASITE

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Elizabeth Bishop paints!

Elizabeth Bishop was more than just a poet. She was a wonderful friend. An ardent lover. A remarkable teacher. An extensive traveler. And a talented...painter? Yes! 


"Pansies" by Elizabeth Bishop

Renowned poet Elizabeth Bishop was skilled in more than just her evocative way with words. She has even been noted for saying she would have preferred to be a painter than a poet: ‘“How I wish I'd been a painter,” she once wrote, “that must really be the best profession—none of this fiddling with words.”’


“Mérida from the Roof" by Elizabeth Bishop


She had an eye for detail, humor, and the beauty of the simplest things. Her pieces often featured flowers and bouquets, and her color schemes tended towards browns, with vibrant colors such as red or yellow shining through here and there.


“Sha Sha" by Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth’s work was often a commentary on what was going on around her, especially during the fifteen years she spent in Brazil, when politics were uneasy and, sadly, infant mortality rates were high. Bishop’s “Tombstone for Sale” features white tombstones with the words for sale inscribed on them, chills to the bone, and her “box” called “Anjinhos” displays an abandoned sandal amongst a collection of cut-out angelic children’s faces, is even more haunting. 

Several galleries have jumped at the opportunity to display her artwork, but most notable was “Objects and Apparitions” at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City, December 2011-January 2012, which paired her work with San Franciscan painter Jess. The Tibor de Nagy Gallery had previously debuted Bishop’s work in 1996. 


"Tombstones for Sale" by Elizabeth Bishop

“Anjinhos" by Elizabeth Bishop

Bishop’s artwork is also displayed in the 2012 book Objects and Apparitions, a companion to the Tibor de Nagy’s exhibition of her work. It compiles several pieces of her art and poetry, as well as photographs from Elizabeth’s life, and essays by three Elizabeth Bishop scholars who authored the book. 

Elizabeth Bishop’s life and history are constantly emerging and fascinating fans and newcomers alike to her work.. Her poems, paintings, and correspondences are continuously inspiring to those whose paths they cross, and Dear Elizabeth is another recent yet deeply profound manifestation of this. Bishop’s writings and artwork allow us to see the world through her eyes, and gain insight on the life led by this incredible woman. 

Dear Elizabeth, based on Elizabeth Bishop's 30-year correspondence with poet Robert Lowell, is onstage at The Lyric Stage Company until Nov. 9th 2014. www.lyricstage.com/tickets.


Laura Latreille as Elizabeth Bishop in Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl



History's Famous Pen Pals

History's Famous Pen Pals

When’s the last time you received an actual letter in the mail? Were you flipping through your bills and came across a hand-addressed envelope? Did your heart skip a beat? Was it a love letter? A continuation of your mom’s adamant refusal to use email or texting? Your 20 year old college kid using a deceivingly sweet method to ask for another $50 in his or her checking account? Or maybe you haven’t gotten one in years. But still, the thought of getting one probably brings a nostalgic smile to your face. 


Robert Lowell & Elizabeth Bishop corresponded for 30 years

Up until the 19th century, letters were just about the only means of communicating with people aside from face to face contact, but that didn’t make them any less meaningful. Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell weren’t the first or last famous duo to have an equally famous correspondence. Some others are romantic. Some are fraught with unrequited adoration. Others still show mentorship, or simple yet powerful friendship. All demonstrate the powerful bond that the written word can create between two people, especially in the form of letters.







1. Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot



One of the most interesting and unexpected pair of famous pen pals is Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot. Their correspondence lasted three years, beginning in 1961 and ending 1964, not long before Eliot’s death. The two men began their exchange out of a mutual respect for one another’s work. Despite their contrasting personalities and some accusations of Eliot’s anti-semitism, the two men played well off each other. Eliot was a conservative and respectful man, and Marx loved to riff on this. Marx would try to offend Eliot by writing things such as, “I would be interested in reading your views on sex, so don’t hesitate. Confide in me, Tom,” and “Why you haven’t been offered the lead in some sexy movies I can only attribute to the basic stupidity of the casting directors.” The two men eventually met in person for the first time in 1964 when they sat down for dinner with their wives at the Eliot home. Apparently they lost contact not long after this, but Marx would later state he’d learned at the dinner that he had three things in common with Eliot: “(1) an affection for good cigars and (2) cats; and (3) a weakness for making puns.”Those sound like the three ingredients to any great friendship. 


2. Ronald and Nancy Reagan



Far more well known and far more romantic were the letters that Ronald Reagan wrote to his beloved wife Nancy throughout their courtship and marriage―a span of over 48 years. Their relationship has been referred to as “probably the greatest love affair in the history of the American Presidency.” Some even thought it too good to be true, a relationship embellished to satisfy the public, but all you have to do is read just one of Reagan’s letters to Nancy and in order to know that their love was pure and legitimate. Reagan’s words were elegant, earnest, and sincere. In return for these letters, Nancy would leave notes around the house for him to find when she had to be away from him. In 2002, Nancy Reagan released a book called I Love You, Ronnie, which compiles Ronald’s letters to her as well as her reflections on the letters, their relationship, Ronald, and their life together. Men, take notes. 


3. Tony Danza and Tupac Shakur



Even more unprecedented than the exchange between Marx and Eliot was the correspondence and friendship of actor Tony Danza and rapper Tupac Shakur. In 1995, Shakur was in prison, and Danza, upon listening intently to his song “Dear Mama,” felt compelled to conctact him. Danza wrote, “considering the situation you find yourself in, and considering the juxtaposition of the song [‘Dear Mama’] that reaches people like that, maybe there’s another way. I understand that the business you’re in is not—you can’t be a goody-two shoes in this business, but maybe there’s a way to inspire youth instead of—you know. Maybe there’s a way that you can use this talent of yours to inspire our youth, because they need somebody.”Basically, Danza wanted Tupac to stop with the illegal funny business and embrace the role he played in the lives of so many young people. Tupac’s response? Something along the lines of “thanks for understanding me.” The two wrote back and forth a few more times, and ended up meeting at a premiere after Tupac’s release and before his death. Danza had made an impact on Shakur, by reaching out to him in the form of written word. It’s amazing what a couple of letters can do.




The lives of the rich and famous have always been compelling, and unexpected treasures from their lives add to their novelty. Dear Elizabeth treats poetry lovers, Bishop and Lowell fans, theatre enthusiasts, and the general public alike to an inside look at one of the most beautifully written and heartfelt real-life friendships. Bishop and Lowell’s story is captivating and all the more powerful as it was upheld through a now out-of-date means of communication. Come see their words brought to life at the Lyric Stage Company's presentation of Dear Elizabeth, October 17th through November 9th, 2014. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Backstage Kitchen: NOT the Worst Pies in London


The Backstage Kitchen: NOT the Worst Pies in London

By Jessica Austin, Artistic Assistant


If you saw our production of Sweeney Todd and you’re anything like me, you left the theater distinctly more curious about what exactly goes into those famous meat pies. And a bit more hungry, too (don’t judge!).


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This definitely isn’t a recipe for the Worst Pies in London - or a recipe with a decidedly sinister list of ingredients - but if you’re looking to make delicious meat pies this autumn and into the holiday season, we have just the thing! Adding warm spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon into this beef and brandy mincemeat is sure to heat up the whole house as Boston begins its lunge into winter.




Meat Pie Recipe
makes two 9-inch meat pies


Here’s what you’ll need:


2 pastries for nine-inch two-crust pies (simple recipe here, or store-bought can be used)
1½ cups cooked beef or venison (no people!), diced
4 cups apples, chopped
1½ cups raisins
¼ cup sweet pickle juice
¼ cup pineapple or apricot juice
1 large orange, peeled, sectioned, cut into bite-size
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1½ cups white sugar
½ cup molasses or sorghum
1 cup beef broth
Brandy to taste

Recipe
Thoroughly combine the beef, apples, raisins, sweet pickle juice, pineapple juice, orange pieces, salt, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, molasses, and beef broth in a sealable container. Let the mincemeat mixture sit in the refrigerator for 1-3 days. This can be frozen for up to 6 months to be used later.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.


Place a layer of pastry dough along the bottom of two nine-inch pie pans. Divide mincemeat between the two pies and add brandy to taste. Cover each pie with a second layer of pastry dough, fluting the edges with a fork and cutting two-inch slits in the center for steam to escape. If you so choose, you can brush the edges with egg wash and dust with sugar.


Place in oven and bake until the crust is golden and the edges are lightly browned.



Hopefully with a recipe like this, the chilly winter months here in New England will be a bit more bearable. But don’t get any ideas from the Demon Barber of Fleet Street--no people are to be harmed in the makings of these pies!

Did you try the recipe? Comment below!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Curtain Report: What to see in Boston NOW

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What to see in Boston NOW

by Jake Smerechniak, Artistic Assistant

October is rushing by us here in the Lyric Stage offices as we lay Sweeney Todd to rest and prepare to open Dear Elizabeth on October 17th. The autumn chill has set in but don't worry, the Boston arts scene is generating heat this coming week. With a Shakespeare classic, a circus extravaganza and more, there's no excuse to stay huddled under a blanket. Many shows have already begun this October and this upcoming week will be perfect for catching them before they close. Be sure not to miss college theatre too, as many schools have kicked off their Fall seasons with knock-out productions. Put on your scarf and get out there!
10/17-11/9 
Dear Elizabeth @ The Lyric Stage Company
Told through the extensive and imaginative correspondence between two of the 20th century’s most important and celebrated American poets — Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell — Dear Elizabeth is a different kind of love story, of artists and friends. Bishop and Lowell's thirty-five-year friendship served to buoy each other up in life and art, each being profoundly impacted by the other. Celebrated playwright Sarah Ruhl weaves a lyrical, moving portrait of a friendship between two writers that transcends oceans, continents, and time.
Tickets and more about Dear Elizabeth




10/4-10/26
Assassins @ New Repertory Theatre
The musical compilation of history’s most infamous assassins, by the one and only Stephen Sondheim, is at the New Rep. Theatre this month.
Tickets and more about Assassins

10/10 - 10/26
Far Reaches @ The Sanctuary Theatre
If you enjoy dance, be sure to catch Far Reaches, a concert of original ballads with a world premiere.
Tickets and more about Far Reaches

10/15 - 10/23
King Lear @ ArtsEmerson




Bringing eye-opening Shakespeare to Boston once again is ArtsEmerson with London’s renowned Shakespeare’s Globe. King Lear, a tale of redemption, realization, and the restraints of man, opens on Wednesday, October 15th at Emerson’s Paramount Center Mainstage and runs through October 23rd. Being one of Shakespeare’s prime tragedies, King Lear is sure to be just as successful as Hamlet was when it was done two seasons ago at ArtsEmerson, also through Shakespeare’s Globe. Starring Joseph Marcel, this production is most certainly a show that you will not want to miss, especially if you have a special place in your heart for Shakespeare.
Tickets and more about King Lear

10/2 - 10/12
Traces @ ArtsEmerson
Don’t miss the final weekend to see this acrobatic extravaganza, ArtsEmerson’s powerful, movement-based season opener.
Tickets and more about Traces

10/18
37th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert @ Blackman Theatre @ Northeastern University
This concert is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” with collaboration between FJCMC and Northeastern’s Center for the Arts.
Tickets and more about John Coltrane Memorial Concert

We hope you take advantage of the endless productions and cultural events going on in Boston this month. Many shows close this coming week so be sure to grab your tickets if something interests you. Be on the lookout for the Curtain Report update every Friday, with exciting facts and upcoming information about shows about arts in Boston. Enjoy the show!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dear Elizabeth Actors--Transformed!

Look closely at this photo from our upcoming production of Dear Elizabeth.  Have you seen these actors before?

Laura Latreille and Ed Hoopman (pictured from left to right) star as famous Boston poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop in a remarkable play about their 30-year friendship that kept them both afloat during tumultuous love affairs, personal tragedies and the creation of great works of art. 

This isn't the first time Ed or Laura have transformed themselves on The Lyric's stage! Check out their past performances and count how many you guessed correctly!

Ed Hoopman as Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx) with Leigh Barrett in Animal Crackers (2010-2011 Season).

Laura Latreille as Sarah Goodwin with Barlow Adamson in Time Stands Still (2011-2012 Season).


Laura Latreille as Roxanne with Kelby T. Akin, Christopher James Webb in The Understudy (2010-2011 Season).


Dear Elizabeth runs October 17th through November 9th at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 

Tickets are available now online: www.lyricstage.com/tickets or through our Box Office: 617-585-5678.  

“[An] articulate, imaginative, and moving theatrical experience.” – New Haven Register

“Heartfelt, elegant, and even playful.” – Hartford Courant