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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 21,2013 . . . ...... ..... Page9 8ociall!4 Scene bg ,00dngela Cornacchio Rapture, Blister, Burn is such a hit they have extended their stay at the Huntington Theater through June 30 th. (Photo courtesy of bigstory.ap.org) Rapture, Blister, Burn Makes an Extended Stay .... This hilarious comedy has been in the Hub for some time but with sold-out shows and the demands for more the Huntington Theatre has booked this 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist through June 30 th. The Huntington Theatre Company concludes its 31 st season with the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo (Becky Shaw). Hailed by The New York Times as "an in- tensely smart, immensely funny new play," the searing comedy examines the psy- ches of two women in mid- life as they reconsider the differing choices they have made. Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Sons of the Prophet) reunites with Gionfriddo and helms a cast featuring Kate Shindle as academic rock-star Cath- erine Croll and Annie McNamara as her friend Gwen Harper, local favorites Timothy John Smith (Candide) and Nancy E. Carroll (Good People, Luck of the Irish) and Huntington newcomer Shannon Esper. "Gina Gionfriddo crafts plays of ideas in such a way that you feel incredibly happy to be in the theatre and engaging with them," says DuBois of his longtime artistic partner. "This sharp, smart comedy, set in a small New England college town will connect deeply with our audiences here in Boston. What the play has to say about marriage, feminism, and parenthood -- from the 20-something, 40-some- thing and 70-something per- spective -- is savagely funny and deeply human." Hear more from DuBois about the production at huntington theatre.org ; rapture-peter. In Rapture, Blister, Burn, scholar and favorite on the television pundits circuit Catherine (Shindle} returns to her hometown to care for her aging mother, the outspoken Alice (Carroll). Reuniting with graduate school friend Gwen (McNamara) and Gwen's husband Don (also Cath- erine's former flame) as she also begins facing life alone, Catherine begins to doubt her decision to put her career before a personal life, just as Gwen is questioning her own decisions as well. When Catherine begins teaching a course in Alice's home on feminist theory to Gwen and a student from the local college (Esper), the three generations of women consider the choices they have and the ones they have made. "My play, Becky Shaw, feels to me a play about years 30-35," Gionfriddo reflects. "It's still possible to launch a career or start a family, but you need to hurry up. Rapture, Blister, Burn feels like a play about years 40- 45. Big, unfulfilled dreams are still possible, but they're Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Sting will be in Boston at the Bank of America Pavilion on June 21% statistically less likely. If you're going to take a big leap and remake yourself, you have to do it now." Rapture, Blister, Burn debuted at Playwrights Hori- zon in May 2012 where NY Daily News called it, "a smart, funny, and lighting- paced look at feminism." I recommend you get in to see this show before it leaves the city as I rate it in the top five to do this summer. The Huntington Theatre is located at 527 Tremont Street, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, Boston. You can purchase tickets at www. huntingtontheatre, org or by phone at 617-266-0800. Bank of America Pavilion Welcome Big Shots .... You know the summer has offi- cially started when top bands start to roll in. Friday, June 21 st the one and only Sting will hit the stage. For all the fans of Sting there is some good news to share as the English musician and world re- nowned artist will be creat- ing a night to remember for the fans in Boston with his live performance. Sting started his career as the lead singer of the popular rock band "The Police." Sting has a huge fan base owing to his hit albums that also got him the coveted Golden Globe, an Emmy and entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. An outdoor venue with the best hits of the '80s. I'd say it's a must see! Sunday, June 23 ra wel- comes The B-52s & The Go-Go's. The B-52s and The Go-Go's teamed up for the joint U.S. tour early this summer will be seen enter- taining the gathered fans in Boston. The concert in Bos- ton is scheduled to be held at the Bank of America Pavilion. This concert is part of the I 1 cities that the band will be touring together and promises a fun filled and I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Get Your Groove in the Heart and catch The B-52s & The Go-Go's in concert on June 23 . (Photo courtesy of Rock Cousteau) highly entertaining experi- ence to the fans and music enthusiasts. With their up- beat sound and psychedelic groove what a great way to spend a Sunday on the waterfront. The Bank of America Pavilion is an outdoor am- phitheater located on the waterfront in Boston. With a seating capacity of 5,000 it is one of the larger venues in the area. Originally known as the Harbor Lights Pavilion, Live Nation purchased the venue in 1999 and sold the nam- ing rights to FleetBoston Financial, changing the name of the venue to the FleetBoston Pavilion. Later in 2004 when FleetBoston merged with Bank of America the pavilion was renamed to Bank of America Pavilion. Located on Boston's Fan Pier, adjacent to Rowes Wharf, this seasonal amphi- theater is designed for easy assembly in the spring and dismantling in the fall. The high profile of the roof allows spectators to take in pan- oramic views of the Boston skyline and provides the height needed for sound and lighting equipment behind the stage. The circular footprint of the amphitheater, which covers an acre of land, would make it conducive to any arena-like activity, such as boxing, tennis, and circus performances, although only music is planned for this particular pavilion, which can be broken down and moved if desired. This kind of flexibility is the future of venue design, as owners and operators increasingly need to be able to relocate and reconfigure their the- aters to take advantage of every booking opportun- ity in a very competitive market. The Bank of America Pavilion is located at 290 Northern Avenue, Boston and can be reached at 617- 728-1600 for general information. You can visit www. banko famericapavilion, net for more information on upcoming shows. Ashmont Grill Hosts Patio Parties .... For the past three summers, chef-owner Chris Douglass of ASHMONT GRILL has maximized his shady backyard patio by throwing a variety of outdoor feasts; each one has sold out quickly. Douglass debuts details of four dining events scheduled for June, July, August and September. Price and menus vary. The chance to experience Dor- chester al fresco, Priceless! JOEL GOTY WINE DINNER: Monday, June 24 th begin- ning at 6:00 pm. Five deli- cious courses of seasonal cuisine served communally on the patio and paired with five wines from this white- hot winery. Gott's local rep- resentative will speak. Seat- ing for this event is limited (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTIN E.YANDLE@GMA1L.(X)M WWW.JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHYCOM