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6 Shows Opening in Boston this January

January 3, 2017 by Anne Berkowitz
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If you’re looking for a great way to start the new year, try checking out some of the fantastic shows opening in Boston this month. Whether you’re looking for a witty musical, a classic drama, or a crazy new one, the Boston theater scene has you covered.

Plus, if you want to make a whole night of it, check out our suggestions for pre-show dinner spots before you see one of the wonderful productions below.

1. Trans Scripts Part I: The Women

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This will be the US premiere of the play that won the Fringe First Award for new writing at the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play sheds light on an array of experiences within the transgender community by drawing from real-life interviews from the transgender women from around the world. Get tickets to Trans Scripts Part I: The Women, which opens on the A.R.T Mainstage on January 19.

2. Hand to God


You’ll never look at puppetry the same way again after seeing this show. Set in a humble church in Texas, Hand to God follows the plight of a young teen who’s felt puppet begins to take on a wicked personality of its own. Both darkly hilarious and sometimes legitimately frightening, Hand to God is one hit play that is not to be missed. Get tickets to Hand to God when it begins performances on January 7 at SpeakEasy.

3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece returns to the stage January 13. This thrilling, hilarious, heart-wrenching tour de force follows two couples (one old, one young) as they play psychological games with one another in the wee hours of a drunken morning. Get tickets to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Scott Edmiston at the Lyric Stage Company.

4. Our Secrets


Be sure to make your plans now to see Our Secrets, as it is only running for 4 performances. This epic tale is to be performed by a daring Hungarian ensemble that incorporates folk music and dance into their staggering work. It is set in a dance hall in Communist Budapest in 1980 and tells the story of a musician who is under a great threat by a government that has been spying on him. Get tickets to Our Secrets from January 19-22 at ArtsEmerson.

5. A Doll’s House


Bryony Lavey’s “subtly modern” (The London Telegraph) adaptation of Ibsen’s groundbreaking classic comes to the Huntington Theatre Company. This powerful play tells the story of Nora Helmer, a housewife who risks her reputation to save her husband’s life. Get tickets to A Doll’s House starting on January 6.

6. Something Rotten!


Straight from its Broadway run, this extremely silly and witty musical tells the story of two young English writers trying to make their mark during Shakespeare’s heyday. After a soothsayer comes to them, the young brothers decide to create the world’s first musical. Something Rotten! begins performances at the Boston Opera House starting on January 17.

With so many great shows playing this January in Boston, let us know if you need any suggestions as to what may be best for you on Twitter or Facebook!