Paradox, parishes, and parodies. The Dot theatrical scene certainly runs the gamut. Local Catholic school kids take on the sentimental Jewish Broadway hit “Fiddler on the Roof,” while the Dot-based Gold Dust Orphans desecrate yet another children’s classic in their latest musical send-up, “Snow White and the Seven Bottoms.”
One great idea for April school vacation week is to take the whole family to see the Neighborhood Children’s Theatre of Boston (NCTB) revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The classic musical has a score by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein. Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, “Fiddler” won a whopping ten Tony awards and spawned the beloved movie.
Tireless NCTB Director Michelle Barri-McCourt, along with assistant director Elizabeth Rouse, “Miracle of miracles” once more managed to rehearse three different casts for the three-day run of the production. While all performances will take place in St Ann’s School Hall at 239 Neponset Ave., tonight’s cast hails largely from the Blessed Mother Teresa/ Columbia Campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy. The Friday night (4/25) cast will feature talent from St. Ann’s/Neponset, and the Saturday show will star members of the NCTB’s Jamaica Plain students. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. each night. Producers note that “the handicapped accessible, family friendly show …is enjoyable for all ages.”
Youngsters are cordially uninvited to attend the just-opened production of the latest adults-only parody musical by the Ashmont-based Gold Dust Orphans. Ring-led by auteur/drag star Ryan Landry, the company has been attracting ever-widening audiences and winning kudos from mainstream critics. Landry and company trick out transvestite travesties, which they present in the basement of the Machine/Ramrod Club near Fenway Park and which they later export to Provincetown for the summer.
Last October the Gold Dust Orphans hit the big time when The New York Times theater critic Christopher Isherwood hailed the New York debut of their “Mildred Fierce” in the East Village: “Scrappy and flamboyantly low-budget, the show sends up its source material — the Joan Crawford meller about a pie-making mama with a poison pill for a daughter — with no great subtlety, but plenty of boisterous good spirits and vulgar humor.”
Meanwhile back here in Beantown, the Orphans have just begun the month long run of their latest risqué revision of a beloved Disney movie. According to the Orphans’ press release, “ ‘Snow White and the 7 Bottoms’ stars Jessica Barstis and Paul Melendy as Snow White and Prince Charming. (You may remember them as George and Mary in our 2013 Christmas hit, ‘It’s a Horrible Life’! ) The show also features all your Orphan favorites, like the hilarious Olive Another as ‘The Magic Mirror,’ the stunningly handsome Scott Martino as ‘The Footman’ and of course that crusty Old Hag herself, Ryan Landry as (who else?) ‘ The Evil Queen’ !”
Performances are Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and every Sunday afternoon at 5 p;.m. through May 18. For all the sordid details check out the Orphans’ Facebook page.