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What’s Playing this October in Boston

October 2, 2016 by Natalie Grillo
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Whether you’re attending a Celtics or Bruins game, heading to Salem to learn about the witch trials, or simply enjoying the autumn weather in Boston commons, there’s no doubt October in New England is simply the best.

But let’s be real, the thing we’re most excited about is more theater openings. Check out everything from new works, to old classics, and even historical productions opening this October in Boston.

1. Mala

Photo Credit: artsemerson.org
Photo Credit: artsemerson.org

Beginning October 27, ArtsEmerson is hosting the world premiere of this one-woman show. In it, Melinda Lopez puts a sharp focus on what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good, but don’t always succeed.

2. The Scottsboro Boys

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Photo Credit: Glenn Perry

This Kander and Ebb musical, originally nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is making a stop at SpeakEasy from October 21 to November 19. Based on one of the most well-known stories in American history, The Scottsboro Boys takes a look at nine African American boys imprisoned in Alabama for a crime they did not commit.

3. Warrior Class

Photo Credit: www.lyricstage.com
Photo Credit: www.lyricstage.com

The Lyric Stage Company season continues with a new play written by House of Cards Kenneth Lin. This story follows a New York assemblyman known as the “Republican Obama” who lives in fear that someone from his past will reveal a secret to the public. See this production directed by Dawn M. Simmons from October 21 to November 13.

4. Jersey Boys

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Now on its second national US tour, Broadway in Boston is bringing this classic jukebox musical to the Boston Opera House. Learn the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and how they become international pop superstars and won the hearts of so many with their music.

5. Hamlet

Photo Credit: Numi Prasarn
Photo Credit: Numi Prasarn

From October 5 – November 6, go see one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays at Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Studying in Denmark, a young Hamlet is surprised to learn that his mother has married so soon after his father has passed away. Things take an even darker turn when his father’s ghost informs Hamlet that his new father, his own uncle, was the one to kill the king.

6. When January Feels Like Summer

Photo Credit: www.centralsqauretheater.org
Photo Credit: www.centralsquaretheater.org

Taking place in Central Harlem during a surprisingly warm winter, When January Feels Like Summer tells that story of five people as they not only discover themselves, but how their stories intertwine. See it October 20 – November 13 at Central Square Theater.

But wait – there’s more! Check out what opened last month in Boston here.