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"A BARNBURNER of a play! Destined to be performed everywhere. One of the best plays I've seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how."The Washington Post

In this explosive story, a black student and a white professor – both brilliant, both liberal – meet to discuss a paper about slavery's role in the American Revolution. A polite conversation becomes a powder keg of race, history, and privilege, and neither woman will ever be the same. An entertaining and provocative nail-biter, written by Boston native Eleanor Burgess and directed by Broadway veteran Kimberly Senior (Disgraced), that everyone will be talking about.

Produced in association with Manhattan Theatre Club and McCarter Theatre Center

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Eleanor Burgess“I'm thrilled to be working at the Huntington – the place where I saw my first plays as a teenager, and the place that gave me my start as a professional playwright through the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program. And I'm extra thrilled to bring this particular play to Boston. A story about academic power and liberal dogmas, about frighteningly smart people and the stories we tell ourselves about history – it's made for this city.” — Eleanor Burgess
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  • The Niceties Meet & Greet

    Join us in the rehearsal hall for the first day of Eleanor Burgess' hugely entertaining new play, The Niceties.

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    The Niceties Meet & Greet

Press Reviews

"SCINTILLATING! Destined to be performed everywhere!"The Washington Post, July 2017
"A BARNBURNER of a play, which exposes the racial and generational fissures of an Ivy League campus. A white politically liberal professor and a student of color face off over the student’s paper about slavery and the Revolutionary War, in ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS I’VE SEEN about who gets to tell the story of America, and how."The Washington Post, December 2017

Top 10 of 2017! "A taut, penetrating two-person piece about a student of color at a prestigious university who challenges in blistering fashion the pieties of a white liberal history professor on the subject of slaveholding during the American Revolution. Eleanor Burgess’s piece, exposes the generational and political fissures on the left on the volatile issue of race. And it does so in A NAIL-BITER OF A PLAY that leaves you wrung out and reassessing our own pieties.” 

The Washington Post, June 2018
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Artists

  • Eleanor Burgess Playwright Eleanor Burgess Playwright
  • Kimberly Senior Director Kimberly Senior Director
  • Lisa Banes Janine Lisa Banes Janine
  • Jordan Boatman Zoe Jordan Boatman Zoe
  • Cameron Anderson Scenic Design Cameron Anderson Scenic Design
  • Kara Harmon Costume Design Kara Harmon Costume Design
  • D.M. Wood Lighting Design D.M. Wood Lighting Design
  • Elisheba Ittoop Sound Design/Original Music Elisheba Ittoop Sound Design/Original Music
  • Alaine Alldaffer Casting Alaine Alldaffer Casting
  • Emily F. McMullen Production Stage Manager Emily F. McMullen Production Stage Manager
  • Sam Layco Stage Manager Sam Layco Stage Manager

Prices & Seating

Section
Performance Day Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3
PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;
Sunday matinee
$89 $59 $25
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening;
Saturday matinee
$79 $49 $25
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening; Wednesday matinee $69 $45 $25
PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;
Sunday matinee
Section
Price
Zone 1
$89
Zone 2
$59
Zone 3
$25
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening;
Saturday matinee
Section
Price
Zone 1
$79
Zone 2
$49
Zone 3
$25
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening; Wednesday matinee
Section
Price
Zone 1
$69
Zone 2
$45
Zone 3
$25
  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (Huntington Avenue Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off with promo code BU10
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
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$30

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  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (Huntington Avenue Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off with promo code BU10
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
Learn more about our 35 Below program
$30

Learn more about our Discount Ticket Programs.

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Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
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