Blog entries posted during 2013

It's Been A Week

by: Thom Dunn at 05/01/2013 04:14 PM

So. It's been a week. Or technically it's been a lot of weeks but more specifically it's this past week that has been particularly exciting for all of us here at the Huntington -- following, of course, one of the scariest weeks as Bostonians that...

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Hey Remember That Time We Won A Tony Award That Was Totally Awesome

by: Thom Dunn at 06/12/2013 03:11 PM

Who's got two thumbs and just won a Tony Award? This Guy . Well, technically, this company , but companies don't really have collective thumbs or anything, so the joke doesn't really work as well. Still, the point is: We have a Tony Award! Desiree...

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The Jungle Book Is Coming! The Jungle Book Is Coming!

by: Thom Dunn at 06/27/2013 05:58 PM

We could not be more excited to welcome Mary Zimmerman back to the Huntington, and what better way to mark her triumphant return than a stage adaptation of  The Jungle Book ?  Some of our subscribers (and staff) still haven't fully recovered from...

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I Believe In The Power of Duff

by: Thom Dunn at 07/08/2013 08:15 PM

The Power of Duff  marks the return of playwright Stephen Belber to the Huntington, following 2005's  Carol Mulroney  (the first production of ours to feature Johanna Day, who has since become a favorite of many of our audience members). Directed ...

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2013 IRNE Award Nominations

by: Thom Dunn at 02/25/2013 09:20 AM

From the IRNE Awards website: The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of the TheaterMirror in 1997. The IRNE Awards recognize the extraordinary wealth of tale...

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Michael & Peter's Adventures Across The Pond

by: Allison McDonough at 02/04/2013 09:28 AM

From Allison McDonough, Assistant to Managing Director Michael Maso It is always a lonely week on my side of the office when Michael Maso is out of town, especially when I can imagine all the FANTASTIC theatre that he's seeing. A few weeks ago,...

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Maria Aitken Brings Family Fun To The Cocktail Hour

by: Thom Dunn at 07/31/2013 09:20 PM

Our relationship with director Maria Aitken goes back to 2007 with her production of  Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps , which moved on to Broadway and ran for nearly 800 performances. Fortunately she appears to reciprocate our love, and we've sinc...

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Reverse The Curse: A Raisin In The Sun

by: Thom Dunn at 03/15/2013 10:43 PM

This past Wednesday night marked a miracle: Liesl Tommy finally opened a Huntington show on schedule. Liesl’s previous two Huntington Openings were canceled –from a huge snowstorm January 5, 2011 ( Ruined ) and because of the Back Bay Blackout in...

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A Raisin In The Sun: #Twittermission Round-Up

by: Thom Dunn at 03/12/2013 10:49 PM

This past Friday night we hosted our second #Twittermission event, encouraging the audience to tweet us questions about the production to be answered by an artist involved the show. We were lucky enough to be joined by Omar Robinson , currently...

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A Raisin In The Sun Tech Week

by: Thom Dunn at 03/06/2013 10:51 PM

The cast and crew of our new production of A Raisin In The Sun  have been working over the past few weeks to bring Liesl Tommy's fresh new vision of this timeless American classic to the stage. Cast members Keona Welch (Beneatha), LeRoy McClain...

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This Friday — Join The Party With #35Below!

by: Thom Dunn at 03/05/2013 10:54 PM

Theatre is one of the oldest human art forms, but somewhere along the way, it developed a stigma as being for “old people.” There’s plenty of sociological and cultural history that can explain this — cost, tradition, increasing accessibility to...

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A Raisin In The Sun First Rehearsal: the Meet & Greet

by: Thom Dunn at 02/14/2013 10:56 PM

Tuesday marked the first day of rehearsal for A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry here at the Huntington. It’s only the second show that we’ve produced more than once in the last 31 years (the other being Candide in 1989 and again in 2011 )....

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Invisible Man #Twittermission Round-Up

by: Thom Dunn at 01/31/2013 11:00 PM

Our inaugural #Twittermission took place on the evening of January 30. The Twitterverse was buzzing with excitement when we announced the event, and there were many people following closesly as I communicated over video chat with  Invisible Man...

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Introducing: #Twittermission

by: Thom Dunn at 01/28/2013 11:02 PM

As Twitter has continued to grow in popularity, there's been a lot of talk in the theatre world about how to integrate it (and other social media platforms / smartphone apps) into performances. Many of you have probably already heard or read about...

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What Audiences Are Saying About Invisible Man

by: Thom Dunn at 01/15/2013 11:09 PM

Have you seen  Invisible Man ? Please share your comments with us. In the final moment of the play, Invisible Man declares, "Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?" When have you felt invisible? Did this story speak for you...

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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Season!

by: Thom Dunn at 08/08/2013 10:54 AM

Tickets have just gone on sale for our 2013-2014 Season , and we could not have picked a better lineup to keep our momentum going from last season. From Our Town  to the Tony Awards and everything in between, it's been a pretty good year for us, a...

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Play Me, I'm Yours!

by: Thom Dunn at 09/04/2013 02:32 PM

To celebrate their 75th anniversary, our friends at the Celebrity Series of Boston  have teamed up with renowned artist Luke Jerram to bring his " Play Me, I'm Yours! " public piano installation project to Boston. From September 27 through October...

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Red Sox Do The Jungle Book Boogie (Get Down)

by: Thom Dunn at 09/18/2013 10:28 AM

Wow. What just happened? One moment it's August and everything is lovely, fine, and humid, then this massive army of people shows up from Chicago and takes over our rehearsal hall and stage and then all of the sudden it's autumn and we have a 35...

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Get Out Of The Jungle With The Jungle Book Band

by: Thom Dunn at 10/03/2013 02:33 PM

I'm just gonna put this out there: the crazy hybrid Indian-Jazz-fusion music of The Jungle Book  is worth the price of admission alone (one of the cast members told me at the first rehearsal, "You ain't lived til' you've heard blues sitar"). This...

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Do You Have What It Takes To Join...THE HUNT?

by: Thom Dunn at 10/10/2013 01:44 PM

From the Private Lives 35 Below Party By now I'm sure most of you have heard about the Huntington's fantastic 35 Below program, which offers $25 tickets for any & all performances for anyone under the age of 35 * . It's pretty much the best deal...

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A Day In The Life (Of A Tony Award)

by: Thom Dunn at 10/21/2013 10:45 AM

By now, it's pretty well known that we recently received a Tony Award . But then...so now what? Well, for one thing, we've got this fancy little trophy that's hangin' out at the theatre. So that's cool. And we've been taking turns passing it aroun...

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Ghosts of the HAUNTington, or, What Horrors Haunt The Hallways Of Our Hallowed Home?

by: Thom Dunn at 10/31/2013 11:00 AM

Note: the above header image is actually the logo for a legitimate paranormal research organization based out of Huntington, West Virginia . Shhh, don't tell Henry Jewett as Macbeth the eponymous character from the Scottish play. Painted by Jacob...

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Good Libations

by: Thom Dunn at 11/15/2013 12:12 PM

For a show called The Cocktail Hour , it should come as no surprise that there's a whole lotta drinkin' goin' on over the course of the evening. It would be irresponsible* of us to encourage you to keep the pace every time that Ann utters "Just a...

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Drink A Drink For Dear Old Dad

by: Thom Dunn at 11/20/2013 02:48 PM

In case you can't make it out to Somerville to try our custom Cocktail Hour cocktail "The Cocktail Hour" at The Independent , we've got another new concoction to tantalize your tastebuds — and this one's only available south of the Charles. Our...

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Playwrights-On-Playwriting, Dec. 1 & Dec. 8

by: Thom Dunn at 11/26/2013 11:48 AM

James Waterston & Richard Poe in The Cocktail Hour . Photo: T. Charles Erickson Here at the Huntington, we pride ourselves on our post-show offerings, from the audience conversations that take place after almost every performance to the Actors...

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Help Us Bring Cuba To The Stage

by: Thom Dunn at 12/03/2013 01:18 PM

Today is the first day of auditions for Becoming Cuba  by playwright-in-residence Melinda Lopez. It's also #GivingTuesday , which you've probably noticed if you've gone anywhere near any kind of social media today and found yourself bombarded with...

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Give It Up For #GivingTuesday!

by: Thom Dunn at 12/04/2013 10:25 AM

I saw some conversation on Twitter, both lamenting the overexposure of #GivingTuesday appeals, and questioning the effectiveness of having every single not-for-profit in the country ask for money on the exact same day. But you know what's better...

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A Conversation with A.R. Gurney

by: Thom Dunn at 12/06/2013 10:44 AM

Fresh from the world premiere of his newest play, Family Furniture , The Cocktail Hour  playwright A.R. Gurney stopped by the BU Theatre this past weekend to catch a performance of his psuedo-meta-auto-biographical show. He stopped along the way t...

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Huntington Holiday Bake-Off!

by: Thom Dunn at 12/17/2013 10:48 AM

Deck Deane Hall With Tasty Baked Goods / Fa La La La La / La La La La... This past Monday was our annual Huntington Holiday Party, which means three things: Candy Cane Ravioli*, Michael Maso's Year-In-Review Poem, and the Staff Bake-Off....

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