Comedienne struts Dot roots in one-woman show

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 18, 2013

Kiley Fitzgerald: Dot native performed her one-woman show “I Am My Mother’s Daughter” last week at the ImprovBoston stage in the North End. Photo by Mike DeehanKiley Fitzgerald: Dot native performed her one-woman show “I Am My Mother’s Daughter” last week at the ImprovBoston stage in the North End. Photo by Mike Deehan

Kiley Fitzgerald has gone from school plays on the stage of the old St. Mark’s School to Chicago’s Second City theater and around the Caribbean as comedic cruise entertainment. A new performance brings Fitzgerald back home to Boston, and though the theater may be in the North End, Fitzgerald’s stories and memories are plucked straight from her time growing up in Dorchester.

Fitzgerald stars in “I Am My Mother’s Daughter,” her new one-woman show centered around her youth and family’s experience in the neighborhood.  Read more

Will next mayor make or break the Strand Theatre?

Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.

What will the next mayor of Boston do with the Strand Theatre, the Uphams Corner landmark that debuted as a movie palace in the waning days of World War I? Like a Charlie Chaplin character flickering across its earliest screen, the Uphams Corner landmark stumbled and lurched across the 20th century and, on more than one occasion, damn-near plunged hat-first into an abyss of debt and decrepitness. And, like the ‘Little Tramp’ himself, the Strand has proven to be an enduring and endearing figure – with the promise of new audiences and a heroic revival that has been years in the making.  Read more

On Woodrow Ave., a hidden gem in Boston’s live jazz scene

Mark Redmond, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 15, 2013

Band leader Kurtis Rivers, left, is shown performing at the Ramsay/Toy Post with guitarist Alain Pacowski and frequent guest Mike Maleson on trumpet. Photo by Mark Redmond

From her table in the back corner of Ramsay/Toy VFW Post #8872 on Woodrow Avenue, Post manager Marie Carrington spends Sunday evenings inspired by the sounds of Dorchester saxophonist Kurtis Rivers and his band. Carrington calls this her “Sunday night prayer meeting,” and she is looking forward to celebrating six years of Sunday jazz at the Post on August 18.

Carrington was introduced to Rivers by a friend, and her love of jazz and his pursuit of a regular performance venue resulted in a weekly residency that has become a hidden gem in the Boston jazz world.  Read more

Cinderella visits the Strand in her original form: Opera

Cinderella at the Strand: The cast from the Boston Opera Cooperative is shown in dress rehearsal on Tuesday. Photo by Justin BatesCinderella at the Strand: The cast from the Boston Opera Cooperative is shown in dress rehearsal on Tuesday. Photo by Justin Bates

A pair of matching bracelets and not of the more familiar glass slippers is the key to reuniting heroine and hero in a tuneful operatic version of Cinderella, starting tonight at the Strand. The Boston Opera Cooperative (BOC) returns to Uphams Corner for a four-performance run of La Cenerentola, Gioachino Rossini’s opera, the plot of which is more complicated and humorous than the better-known Disney version of the famous Perrault fairy-tale.  Read more

The Strand lands Fiddlehead as new ‘resident’ company

The city of Boston has formed a partnership with the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, which will be officially named the “resident theatre company” at the Strand Theatre during a public event scheduled for today. The designation will boost year-round activity at the landmark, city-owned theatre and guarantee that a minimum of two, high-caliber musicals will hit the stage for multi-week runs in the coming year.  Read more

Berklee College offers free concert of jazz, Caribbean music at Strand

Berklee Groups in Free Performance at Strand Theatre from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Berklee College of Music will present a free, three-in-one concert of jazz and Caribbean music at the Strand Theatre on Friday evening at 7:30 that will showcase three Berklee groups featuring students from all over the world, including Brazil, Korea, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  Read more

Rat Pack stylings prop-up Bard’s lesser-known ‘Two Gents’ comedy

So what if The Two Gentlemen of Verona is probably Shakespeare’s earliest and definitely his least popular comedy? Those piddly flaws disappear ring-a-ding-ding when balanced by ballads crooned by Ol’ Blue Eye, groovy Swingin’ 60s production numbers, and an adorably ornery canine thespian.  Read more

Dot native Ted Cutler is driving this month’s Outside the Box fest

Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 11, 2013

This week a Dorchester lad who became a multimillionaire and is passionate about giving back to his city will realize his dream of seeing “dancing in the streets,” courtesy of Outside the Box Boston (OTBB). Ted Cutler, renowned mogul and philanthropist, has spent five years planning and will spend about $5 million of his own money underwriting a free inaugural summer arts festival the scope and caliber of which seem unprecedented.  Read more

Spamalot star Chris Hagberg got start at St. Greg's

Chris Hagberg

Like many Dot kids of his 1980s era, Chris Hagberg was first exposed to the theater arts as a grade-schooler at St. Gregory’s Grammar School. In addition to having a robust CYO basketball squad, the parish took pains to stage its own summer and spring musicals featuring student performers.

“I just remember being totally mesmerized by a performance of Cinderella. The St. Greg’s gym was transformed into this magical place. I got the bug.”

Hagberg became one of the parish’s top thespians and vocalists, belting out big numbers from shows like Pippin’ and Joseph and the Amazing Techno-color Dreamcoat under the direction of Maria Kramer.

These days, Hagberg spends his days just a block from his original St. Greg’s stage, working as the executive assistant to Carney Hospital president Andrew Davis — and the rest of Carney’s executive team.  Read more

Uncovering Boston’s best kept literary secret: Cid Corman

Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 27, 2013

Cid Corman

If Cid Corman were still alive, he would turn 89 this Saturday.

“Cid who?”

Like Edgar Allan Poe before him, Corman was a Boston-born author who was largely ignored in his home town, but who had world-wide literary impact.

The super-prolific Corman is credited with 524 works in 745 publications in 11 languages and 11,536 library holdings. As a poet, translator and editor of Origin, a seminal poetry magazine, he is acknowledged as a key figure in the history of American verse in the second half of the last century. Maybe some folks would show more interest if they believed the claim of this tireless Jewish guy from Dorchester that he invented rap.  Read more