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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Page 9 8ociall00/ 00cene by 00ln00ela Cornacchio The laugh out loud comedy The Importance of Being Earnest will hit the BCA Plaza Theatre on November 22 "d through December 14 th. (Photo courtesy of R.A.R.E. Photographic) The Gift of Laughter .... Coming to the BCA Plaza Theatre November 22 nd through December 14 th will be Oscar Wilde's Comedy The Importance of Being Earnest with proceeds benefitting High Spirit Community Farms. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's a comedy of good manners, bad manners, and all manner of things in between, kicks off Moonbox Production's 2013-14 season. Gwendolen loves Ernest and he loves her. Cecily loves Ernest too, though he's only just finding that out. But is it a lover's triangle or is there room for two happy couples in Oscar Wilde's madcap romance -- and what will fearsome Lady Bracknell have to say about it? This quintessential com- edy of proper manners, by the quintessential bad boy of his day, includes mislaid babies, mistaken identities, secret engagements, baffled suitors and some of the wit- tiest wordplay ever volleyed over cucumber sandwiches. IRNE and Elliot Norton Award-nominated director Allison Choat will direct what Wilde dubbed his "trivial comedy for serious people." Explaining the company's choice, she says, "At the risk of being trite, I suppose I'd have to say I want to do this show because it's a great piece of comic art -- but I'm only going to attempt it because I think we have the people necessary to bring it to life in a way it deserves. Reading through Earnest gives you a wonderful sense of its complex language, its keen wit, its clever circum- stances and contrivances. But all that language is noth- ing without an intelligent and above all, vital, group of interpreters -- and I can't believe our good fortune in finding a cast that fits that bill so exactly." Moonbox Productions was founded in 2011 by Producer/ Artistic Director Sharman Altshuler. It is based in Har- vard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is dedi- cated to supporting local arts and local artists, and to con- necting communities to the non-profit organizations that serve them. Moonbox also fulfills its social mission by partnering with a local non- profit organization for each show, giving them visibility on their website and in their promotional materials, as well as giving them access to their audiences in order to raise awareness of their cause, create connections within the community and increase the reach and im- pact of their work. Moonbox is thrilled with High Spirit Community Farms, which fulfills an essential need for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing meaningful work, a dignified home and a rich Real Estate Matto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 social and cultural life. This hilarious twisted com- edy opens November 22 "d and continues through Decem- ber 14 th at the Boston Cen- ter for the Arts Plaza The- atre located at 539 Tremont Street in Boston's South End. For tickets call Boston Theatre Scene Box Office at 617-933-8600 or online at www. bostontheatrescene.com. If you're interested in more company information you can visit www.moonbox.org. The Urban Nutcracker Returns .... John Hancock Hall December 6 it/ through the 22 "d with special guest star Russell Ferguson win- ner of the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." Anthony Williams' Urban Nutcracker, Boston's original holiday classic, returns to the stage for its 13  season. This show, that the Boston Metro calls The Boston Nut- cracker, is packed with more magic for the whole family. The Urban Nutcracker mixes Tchaikovsky's classic score with Duke Ellington's jazz interpretation and puts a modern spin on the 19 th century fairy tale. It trans- ports the audience to an enchanted world, similar in some ways to their own. This creative version of the E.T.A. Hoffman Nutcracker story delivers classical ballet, urban tap, hip hop (krump), swing, flamenco, step, jazz, and a few other surprises that will have audience members at the edge of their seats. The diversity that the Urban Nutcracker delivers in dance and music is matched by the diversity of the per- formers on the stage. This cutting edge show is a reflection and celebration of the Boston area's multicul- tural communities brought to life by passionate and tal- ented dancers and perform- ers of all colors, creeds and experiences. In celebration of this spe- cial presentation the Urban Nutcracker will feature Russell Ferguson, the winner of the 2009 "So You Think You Can Dance," will appear in the famous "Prologue" scene, Soldier Doll and Caviar Caper (Russian). The return of the inimitable, Tony Award winner, Yo-el Cassell stars as Minimeyer, the trusted sidekick of Drosselmeyer. Gino DiMarco will return for his fifth year in the role of Drosselmeyer. On stage will be members of the 1950s doo wop group, the I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 ii!iiiiii!iil ii!!'fl ilili!iii!!il Anthony Williams' legendary Urban Nutcracker will return to Boston December 6 th through the 22 "d at the John Hancock Hall. (Photo courtesy of Petr Metlicka) G-Clefs and the lovely Russian ballerina Ksusha Melyukhina. Singers from Pro Arte Orchestra and the Boston Pops, an appearance of Matt Anctil from the Broadway cast of La Cage aux Folles, a cast of 75 children from the greater Boston area and so much morel The Urban Nutcracker will hit the Jordan Hall stage on December 6 th and continue through December 22 nd. This Back Bay event original pro- duction is a one-of-a-kind and tickets will go fast. Jordan Hall is located at 180 Berkeley Street, Bos- ton and can be reached at 888-596-1027 for tickets and directions or you can visit www.backbayeventscenter.com for more details. New York Philharmonic .... Will host Principal Bas- sobnist Judith LeClair as she performs Mozart with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra on December 7 th at Jordan Hall. Music Director Ronald Feldman and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra con- tinue the ensemble's 31 st season with a concert that features New York Philhar- monic Principal Bassoonist Judith LeClair and music by Mozart, Ravel, Stravinsky, and John Knowles Paine. This concert will benefit the DREAM Program, a Boston- based nonprofit organization that improves outcomes for youth from affordable hous- ing neighborhoods by facili- tating relationships with col- lege student mentors. Featuring a range of com- positional styles and tex- tures, this concert truly offers something for every musical taste. Music Direc- tor Ronald Feldman begins the performance with an ex- citing but little-known over- ture by John Knowles Paine, Harvard's first professor of music and the first Ameri- can-born composer to achieve international renown for his orchestral compositions. Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, drawn from Russian Orthodox and folk elements, features the LSO's talented wind players in a fascinating piece the composer himself describes as "an austere ritual, which is unfolded in terms of short litanies." Ravel's masterwork Le Tombeau de Couperin reimagines Baroque dance forms for the twentieth cen- tury, each movement of the suite being dedicated to the memory of friends who had died fighting in World War I. New York Philharmonic Principal Bassoonist Judith LeClair's performance of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto is sure to be a delight. Ms. LeClair joined the New York Philharmonic as Prin- cipal Bassoon at the age of 23 in 1981 and since then has made more than 50 solo appearances with the orchestra, performing with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, sir Andrew Davis, Zubin Mehta, and John Williams. Ms. LeClair is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is a renowned educator and pedagogue. This concert benefits the DREAM Program, Inc., a unique mentoring organiza- tion that pairs college stu- dents with youth from afford- able housing neighborhoods (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WW.JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM