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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 5, 2013 Page 9 iiiiiiii~ili ii!i~!ii!i bg jdngela Cornacchio Legendary Boston artist Ryan Landry's production hits the Huntington Theatre through April. (Photo courtesy of "M" Productions) One of Boston's Best Hits Home .... The world pre- miere of Ryan Landry's M opened last week and will continue through April 27th at the Huntington Theatre. Legendary Boston artist Ryan Landry's inspired take on Fritz Lang's film noir masterpiece M, debuted last week. Known for his blend- ing of classic source mate- rial with his unique brands of comedy and imaginative theatricality, Landry (Mildred Fierce) transforms the iconic film about a city pan- icked by an elusive child killer into a surreal, screw- ball take that is both hilari- ous and heart-stirring. Di- rected by Caitlin Lowans (Turn of the Screw at Stoneham Theatre), the pro- duction's ensemble cast in- cludes Gold Dust Orphans' regulars Larry Coen and David Drake, as well as Bos- ton favorite Karen MacDonald (Good People and All My Sons at the Huntington) in the title role that made film actor Peter Lorre famous. Landry is the founder of the Gold Dust Orphans and the creative force behind such acclaimed reimagin- ing's of classics including Mildred Fierce, Death of a Saleslady, Pussy on the House, A T-Stop Named Denial, and The Little Pricks. "With Ryan Landry, perversity and hilar- ity go skipping along hand in hand," says Boston.corm "I'm always interested in exploring the bizzaro uni- verses that run parallel to masterpieces," says Landry, "and so in the case of M, my answer was to wedge a very 1930s romantic comedy right into the middle of the thriller. Working at the Huntington, I've taken the opportunity to really challenge myself and to enjoy the great talent and resources the organization offers. I've tried to take the road never traveled and offer the audience some surprises." Ryan Landry (Playwright) is Ryan Landry. He is a work- ing writer, director and per- former for over 30 years and plans to keep writing plays until he drops dead. His production of Psyched was produced by the Huntington during the 2011 Emerging America Festival. His Bos- ton-based troupe, the Gold Dust Orphans, produces sa- tirical "mash-ups" of pop cul- ture - comedic, dramatic or musical -- in both Province- town and Boston. Past pro- ductions include Mildred Fierce, Peter Pansy, Phantom of the Oprah, Willy Wanker and the Hershey Highway, All About Christmas Eve, Death of a Saleslady, Medea, A T-Stop Named Denial, Christmas on the Pole and Valet of the Dolls. Landry has stayed true to his roots as he is a resident of Dorchester, MA. Caitlin Lowans (Director) previously directed Ryan Landry's Psyched at the Hun- tington as part of the Emerg- ing America Festival. Ms. Lowans is the associate ar- tistic director at Stoneham Theatre where she has di- rected over 16 productions. Her favorite Stoneham cred- its include Lumberjacks in Love, Romeo and Juliet, the world-premiere musical Sun- fish, Jeffrey Hatcher's The Turn of the Screw (starring Mr. Landry), My Fair Lady, Picnic and Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story. Other Boston area credits include productions of The Three Sis- ters, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Mac Wellman's Psychology Or: Bring a Wea- sel and a Pint of Your Own Blood. Ms. Lowans is an alumna of the art in educa- tion program at Harvard Uni- versity and Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab. Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington The- atre Company has developed into Boston's leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 ,.'..'.. " . The Wine Riot will rock the (Photo courtesy of talent, the Huntington pro- duces a mix of groundbreak- ing new works and classics made current. Led by Artis- tic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cre- ates award-winning produc- tions, runs nationally re- nowned programs in educa- tion and new play develop- ment and serves the local theatre community through its operation ,ff the Calder- wood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in resi- dence at Boston University. Now through April 27th this hilarious drama will be on stage in the South End at The Huntington Theatre Company-Standford Calder- wood Pavilion located at 527 Tremont Street, Boston and can be reached by calling (617) 266-0800 for tickets and show times. For more details on M and other perfornances visit www. huntingta~theatre, org. The Riots Iave Invaded Boston .... Or April 5th and April 6th Secoad Glass will kick off its 2(,13 Wine Riot back where it all started on its home turf in Boston at The Boston Park Plaza Castle. Second Glass built this event so people could explore all kinds of wine under one roof. They even lay the event out by geography so you can literally walk from France, to New Zealand, to California. Everyone has questions about wine, whether simple or complex and at Wine Riot they have experts there to answer them all. Guests can look forward to tasting over 250 wines from across the globe while tag- ging, rating and remember- ing them for later purchase using the free mobile app (http: / / wineriot/mobile/). There are interactive booths staffed by I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 weekend here in the Hub. Second Glass Productions) the industry's premier wine experts, 20-minute crash course seminars offered throughout the Riot from in- dustry experts like John Hafferty of Bin Ends Wine and Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet, music by DJ Andie Cassette and a pop-up photo booth to ensure guests capture their "good side" be- fore dropping their images on social media using the hash tag #WineRiot live from the event! Guests can also munch on some mouthwatering food pairings for a few extra bucks from vendors such as KO Catering and Pies, M&M's BBQ Ribs and Roxy's Grilled Cheese to name a few! This year is especially exciting with the brand new Bubbly Bar. It's a Sec- ond Glass creation and will be pouring different kinds of sparkling wines from all over the world including Cava, Prosecco and of course Champagne. Some added extra special highlights for 2013 are: Spe- cial Educational Booths for Wine Cocktails - Quady Win- cry will be mixing tasty elix- irs made from handcrafted, small batch California Ver- mouth and Moscatos. Bor- deaux Wines - Learn the sto- ried history of France's most famous wine region and taste these amazing, reinvented, small production wines. Wine 101 with Bin Ends - Learn the wine basics by tasting them! Experts from Boston Magazine's top wine store of 2012 will be teaching while you taste. Second Glass brings win- eries and wine drinkers to- gether through social media and in-person events across the nation by helping people uncover their new favorite wines, remember what they drink and share all of that fabulous info with their friends. Second Glass devel- ops online and mobile tools for both wine consumers and produc.ers. They also host Wine Riot, a huge, innova- tive and interactive wine event in six cities across the US. Second Glass makes wine easier to fathom in a fun and relaxing environ- ment to enjoy; all with the goal of getting people to drink more wine. Visit to see what it's all about. The Wine Riots will be something to rave about un- til they return in the fall. This event on April 5th and April 6th is something you don't want to miss! There will be three chances to catch these grapes in the two days and to get your tick- ets or more information visit https: / / wineriot/ boston-2013 / tick- ets/. The Riots are being held at The Boston Park Plaza Castle, 50 Arlington Street, Boston. Music at the MFA .... Scottish sensation Julie Fowlis will grace the stage at the MFA on April 1 lUL Since being presented with the 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award, the Daily Telegraph's prediction that "Julie Fowlis could be the first Scottish Gaelic crossover star in the making" has seemed in- creasingly prescient. Julie Fowlis is no stranger to awards and distinctions, winning Gaelic Singer of the Year amd Album of the Year at the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. She is most proud of her award as Scot- land's Gaelic Ambassador- "Tosgaire na G&idhlig," be- stowed by the Scottish Par- liament in 2008, the first person to ever receive this honor. Audiences across the globe heard her sing on the soundtrack to Disney's PIXAR film Brave released in the summer of 2012. Julie will be bringing her one of a kind performance to Boston on Thursday, April 114 at 7:30 pm-9:30 pm (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWWJ USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM 2I