Welcome to our Boston Insider Spotlight, where we profile Boston residents & TodayTix aficionados about their thoughts on the local theater scene. Think of it like consulting your cool, knowledgeable friend about everything to see and do in your city! Read on to learn more about the most memorable theatergoing experiences in Boston, where to take out-of-towners, and some thoughts on “Hamilton.”
Meet Clare Lockhart: Clare is a senior at Emerson College where she is receiving a BA in Theatre Studies with a minor in Political Science. She hopes to harness her dual loves of theatre and politics to change the world.
Tell us about a memorable theatergoing experience in Boston:
Claire: A show that took me completely by surprise was The Donkey Show at OBERON. I remember hearing about it in high school and being mortified that someone would ruin Shakespeare by putting A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a 70s nightclub. When I finally went with a group of friends, we had the best time, and I looked at Midsummer in a completely new way.
Another show that I think will be a memorable theatergoing experience is Mala by Melinda Lopez at ArtsEmerson. I’ve already read the script and it is amazing. Everyone should go and see it!
If friends were visiting Boston from out of town for the day, what would you do with them?
Since I go to Emerson College, I would first take them through Boston Common since it’s still beautiful and autumnal. Then we would catch the T and go to the Museum of Fine Arts! Depending on the kind of theatre they like, we would either go to an ArtsEmerson show (if they feel like seeing something they’ve never heard of before), or if we’re feeling like a musical theater night out, we would either go see a show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston or SpeakEasy Stage Company.
What are you favorite things about the Boston theater scene?
I love how diverse it is! There are so many theater companies in this city that are putting on new exciting work. I could see a different piece of theater every day of the month if I had the funds!
What’s your favorite musical of all time, and why?
This is such a hard choice to make! My all-time favorite musical is Into the Woods, because there is always something new to find in it as you get older. I wrote a thesis paper on why the princes and wolves are double cast, and it really taught me a lot about the show.
My new favorite show is Merrily We Roll Along, because I worked on the show my first year in Boston. It’s such an interesting and bittersweet story about friendship and love.
Describe yourself in 3 fictional characters:
Princeton (Avenue Q): I’m just a millennial trying to figure out what to with her Theatre Degree!
Angelica (Hamilton): Except that I want a revolution AND a revelation
Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing): “Is it possible disdain should die while she hath such meet food to feed it as Signor Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to disdain if you come in her presence.”