Tyler Simahk, Michael Hisamoto, Theresa Nguyen* and Lin-Ann Ching Kocar star in Fast Company. Photo: Nerys Powell. Plays, Process, and Family Secrets an interview with Fast Company playwright Carla Ching by A. Nora Long, Associate Artistic Director “To support my playwriting habit, I’ve been a waitress at a beer and wings place, a teacher, a secretary, a teaching artist, and now, I write on a

The cast of My Fair Lady. Photo: Mark S. Howard Lyric Stage nominated for 24 IRNE Awards Did your favorites get nominated? Find out! What are the IRNE awards? The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of the TheaterMirror in 1997. The IRNE Awards recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the

“The Conjurer” by Hieronymus Bosch, 1475–1480. Via: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/Hieronymus_Bosch_051.jpg Compiled by A. Nora Long, Associate Artistic Director Fast Companyby Carla Ching (playing at Lyric Stage March 4–27, 2016) tells the story of a family of con-artists. Beware the flim-flam man! These famous cons may have been around forever but, in the words of P.T. Barnum, “a sucker is born every minute.” Do you recognize any

by Katharine Mayk, Artistic Assistant Amelia Broome* and Christopher Chew* in Lyric Stage’s production of Sweeney Todd. Photo: Mark S. Howard You don’t have to be an assassin, a witch, or a murderous barber to understand one. Stephen Sondheim revolutionized the the American musical by using rich characters with identifiable emotions as the driving force of the story in each of his

From top left: Leigh Barrett*, Mala Bhattacharya, Maritza Bostic, Christopher Chew*, Aimee Doherty*, Davron Monroe*, Sam Simahk* and Patrick Varner. The cast of Sondheim on Sondheim is a group of Boston’s best musical theatre performers. All of the actors you’ll see performing Sondheim’s greatest hits have called the Lyric Stage home before. Did you have the chance to see any of these great

by A. Nora Long Barbra. Bette (and Bette). Bernadette. Beyoncé.Women of stage, screen, and song who live so large in popular imagination they are known by their first names alone (and I’ve just named the Bs). These women have achieved a rarified status with legions of fans world-wide, but their elevation to the divine is often owed to a

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sisters, circa 1940s. Via: https://youtu.be/zQ1-V0WKTcU Colorism: From Roots to Product by Ciera-Sadé Wade “That high yellow gone to waste on you.”“Well, you so black you need to get back.” Colorism is one of the many weapons the women of Miss Mary’s Press N’ Curl use against one another in Katori Hall’s Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. The prejudice against those with dark

A beauty shop circa 1940's. Via: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/13918979618_43169c95b8_b.jpg Shop Talk: Politics of the Black Beauty Shop by A. Nora Long Community center, information station, haven; beauty shops in the African-American community have always been more than a place to get your hair done. One of the few businesses dominated by black women, the black beauty shop proved Depression-proof and weathered wars only to falter

Look closely at this photo from our upcoming production of Dear Elizabeth.  Have you seen these actors before? This isn't the first time Ed or Laura have transformed themselves on The Lyric's stage! Check out their past performances and count how many you guessed correctly! Laura Latreille and Ed Hoopman (pictured from left to right) star as famous Boston poets Robert

by Shanna Tedeschi, Management Associate While sitting in your seat at Sweeney Todd, did you overhear murmurs and mumbling about BLOOD? It's one of the biggest questions people have after seeing the show performed on our stage.  Is it pigs blood? Water dyed with red food coloring? Cherry pie filling?  None of the above. This inaugural posting of The Backstage Kitchen will reveal our secret recipe