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Slutcracker throws in the vibrator, cancels remainder of performances due to Covid-19

Slutcracker producers announced today the show can't go on, after at least one cast member tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

The safety of our cast, crew, theater staff and audiences are just too important to make any other choice at this time.

The annual production has long been a Christmas-season highlight at the Somerville Theatre. Covid-19 canceled Thursday's performance, then producers tried to go on with an alternate cast before concluding today that didn't make sense.

Other performances at the theatre remain scheduled; patrons have to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the past three days.

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Oh no, the $50 cover charge to Polyesther's was cancelled?

The A.R.T. has turned into a shell of its 90's / 2000's self.

It has turned into what the Colonial used to be, a tryout place before some new show goes to NYC. Some of the shows win awards, yes, but big budget has taken a back step to creativity.

Time for a new direction.

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Under Robert Brustein and Robert Woodruff, the ART was brilliant theatre. Under Diane Paulus, it has become theatre that aspires to be HBO (to be fair, sometimes it aspires to be Youtube). It claims to be relevant and innovative, which is to say it has big pretensions which it mistakes for big ambitions. What was once a true great repertory company was destroyed for the sake of Chekov staged as music video. Well, I suppose there are ambitions involved, but they are Paulus's Broadway ambitions. Indeed, she is well-suited to Broadway, where presenting crap in fancy boxes is a time-honored tradition.

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To be fair I quite enjoyed Oberon. It has been unlike anything I have seen or experienced. There is actually a demand for high brow club type spaces. Especially in this area. the ART is just not exactly the right place for it.

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brilliant, and the last time I was a subscriber.

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We were regulars back then. Even mis-fires were usually "interesting".

I think the most impressive thing we saw was The Bacchae.

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might have been "When We Dead Awaken." Astonishing, vivid, monumental. So original! Robert Effing Wilson. Will never forget that one.

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In the '80s and 90s, the ART could be absolutely magical. I'd walk in to a show like The King Stag or Six Characters or Ubu Rock knowing nothing about the play ... and then my feet wouldn't even touch the ground when the curtain came down. [even if the theater has no curtain]. Sure, there'd be an occasional dud, but far more often you'd find yourself challenged, entertained, and uplifted by the show and actors like Thomas Derrah or Cherry Jones or Jeremy Geidt.

Sad to have watched this wonderful local institution morph into something that is no longer appealing to me.

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... to be able to experience this era.

Very little "classical" theater left here in Boston (even prior to coronavirus).

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so innovatively staged and lit, with amazing, Lynchian sound design. It all felt so fresh and vital. Part of the pleasure was the repertory aspect, seeing the same troupe of actors killing it in utterly different roles from month to month. No surprise many of them went on to larger fame: I'm gratified to see actors like Bill Camp and Mark Rylance succeed as Hollywood and BBC character actors.

I particularly loved Thomas Derrah, was quietly thrilled to meet him once by chance in a Cambridge vintage shop: he was buying a rare mid-century ice bucket that I already owned one of, and after chatting about our shared love of collecting antique barware, I got to tell him how much I admired his work.

His humility in that moment did not surprise me: he always struck me as a consummate craftsman, all about the work, and good lord, he was versatile: alternately hilarious and menacing and devastatingly moving. The shocking image of his Lear's Fool, hung, is burned into my brain. Grateful to have seen him in a few dozen brilliant productions in those days. RIP.

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Who are they renting the Oberon space from?

It was built by a philanthropist who decided Harvard Square needed another theater, which was a great idea. Then the city messed up the project by requiring them to waste money and space on underground parking [!!!]. So the initial theater organization folded, but the ART made good use of the space.

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Oh, no: Allston. AKA six industrial parks in search of a community.

The whole A.R.T. is moving. So much for our plans to have a theater date night in Harvard Square once it's safe.

It looks like student productions are staying in the Loeb. They do a good job for the most part, so at least some live theater will remain in the Square.

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We were going to bring the kids for a nice family night. I guess we will have to see something else.

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I have a question in connection to this, but will keep it to myself.

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Let's have more of that

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I'd like to report a murder.

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The Boston Festival of New Jewish Music has postponed this week's in-person concert "due to COVID exposure within the ensemble".

Edited to remove confusion about the date.

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The listing I've seen, both online and in print, says the concert is tomorrow night, which is Wednesday. Where did you see an announcement that it was postponed to Thursday and then beyond?

I was planning to attend this tomorrow night.

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Here is what the email I received today says:

We regret to inform you that this week's concert and live stream with Abigale Reisman is being postponed due to COVID exposure within the ensemble. The concert is not canceled; we look forward to being in touch soon once we are able to confirm a new date with Abigale, her ensemble, and our partners at the Boston Synagogue.

So hopefully it will be rescheduled to January. Note that this text does not give the specific date of this week's concert. An email that I had received from EventBrite on Monday gave Thursday evening as the date, that's what I was looking at when I posted here. But the original "ticket" email that I got from EventBrite has the day as Wednesday! I will update my original post.

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but I never got this. I'm glad I saw your post here before I made a fruitless trip on the Red Line tomorrow evening.

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