OBERON, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)'s second stage and club theater venue, announces its May and June line up of exciting and original programming on the fringe of Harvard Square. Showtimes and Tickets.
DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!
Presented by HYPE! Mime Troupe
These mimes ain't stuck in no box! HYPE! Mime Troupe gives traditional mime performance a modern twist, writing, directing, and performing original skits set to contemporary music. These mimes will accompany your Wednesday night drinks by presenting original stories that range from the comedic to the tragic to the absurd and everything in between--all in whiteface, of course.
Presented by Babes in Boinkland
Thursday, May 15th; Friday May 16th and Sunday, May 18th at 8:00pm
Climb aboard our shipwreck train, through the alley, back from hell to the strains of Tom Waits' RAIN DOGS. Splash the wine and huddle the doorways. Get out of your mind. For you are a Rain Dog, too. Music performed live by Peter Mulvey and the Crumbling Beauties. Babes in Boinkland dance and swallow the night. For it is all ripe for dreaming.
Presented by The Moth StorySlam
Tuesday, May 20, June 17, July 15 at 8:00pm
The Moth StorySLAMs are steadily spreading all over the map, gathering people and stories from all over the country. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit/Ann Arbor have multiple shows each month. Louisville and Pittsburgh, added last year, are thriving. And this fall we're thrilled to add Boston, Milwaukee, Portland and Seattle! The shows are open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night's posted theme. The brave of heart, or those with stories they're aching to tell, prepare personal, true tales. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls puttheir names in The Moth hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes! The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just enjoy the show!
Presented by The Boston Circus Guild and OBERON
Friday, May 23rd at 7:00pm and 10:00pm
Get dolled up in your finest threads and put on your dancing shoes! Join us as we transform A.R.T.'s OBERON into the Oberon Social Club, a hot new speakeasy guaranteed to liven up the scene. The coolcats and dapper dames from the Boston Circus Guild will amaze you with phenomenal acts, including acrobatic feats of strength, astounding juggling, high-energy hooping, titillating burlesque, and glamorous aerial performances, all set to the sounds of the hippest electroswing and jazz in Boston.
Enter our underground cabaret and get front row seats to a spectacular show both on and offstage. Seedy thugs mingle with drunken socialites, flappers dance their cares away, and the band keeps the joint jumpin'. Through it all, our club's proprietor will have to make deals with bootlegging gangsters, keep away from thefuzz, and manage one sassy diva. Will he be able to balance his unstable partnership with an unsavory crime boss and his dream of having the coolest club around? Will the business of the underworld be too much for him? Wild times are sure to ensue!
Presented by Sirlesque
Sunday, June 1 and Thursday, June 5 at 8:00PM
Come join Sirlesque, Boston's only all-male burlesque troupe, for MASCULINITEASE! A two-night celebration of Men, Machismo, and Masculinity! The boys who have taken Boston by storm will shake up OBERON's famous stage with their unique blend of comedy and sex appeal, guaranteed to make you blush while you laugh. Featuring guest appearances by Rogue Burlesque, The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts, LoCkEd & LoAdEd, Femme Brulée and Claude Kitten! Join us for a night you won't soon forget!
THE BIG QUIZ THING
Presented by OBERON and The Big Quiz Thing
June 2 and July 7 at 8:00pm
Step up, geeks: The Big Quiz Thing, the major-league game show that you get to play, is live at OBERON every month!Quizmaster Noah Tarnow presents five big rounds of the world's greatest multimedia quiz excitement, including video puzzles, audio clues, the Lightning Round, the buzzer-tastic Three-Way Finale, and the best, smartest quiz questions anywhere! Plus, there's hope for dummies: Smart-Ass Points for wrong but funny answers. Best of all, the $200 cash grand prize, along with show tickets books, DVDs, CDs, baked goods, and more excellent goodies.
YOU'RE THE EXPERT
June 3 and July 1 at 7:00pm
You're the Expert bridges the worlds of comedy and academia, attracting a comedy audience while providing them with meaningful content. Each show features an expert in a somewhat obscure field. A group of hilarious comedians try to guess what in the world our expert studies all day long. Afterwards, the expert dissects how wildly wrong (or right) the ideas about her field were. The show ends with an interview where we find out what our expert does and why their field is important. It's funny, it's interactive, and you end up actually learning something.
Presented by WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts
Wednesday, June 4th at 8:00pm
French comedian and actress Muriel Robin, comes to Boston for the first time with her all French, one woman show, Muriel Robin Returns ... Tsoin Tsoin. After leaving the stage eight years ago, Robin returns a new woman, with a new life story, yet still funny and a huge hit in France.
Presented by Jha-D
Friday, June 6th at 8:00pm
EN-ER-GY is an exploration of Boston talent. It is an evening in which the Audience and the Artists will give each other as much love, life, experience and Energy as they possibly can. It is an opportunity to bring a diverse cast of artists and guests under one roof to celebrate the excitement of art. It is more than atalent show! It is a contribution to Boston's music, poetry and dance scene. It is a collection of artists who own the ability to entertain, showcase, engage and inspire. It is one of the best shows you will ever have the pleasure ofparticipating in!
A DIAMOND FAR BEYOND MEASURE
Presented by The Meltdown Incentive
Wednesday, June 11 at 8:00PM
Bridging the gaps between classical music and jazz, concert music and theater, The Meltdown Incentive explores the complex relationships between text, sound, visual art, film, and music in entertaining and thought provoking new ways.Their highly original blend of musical sensitivity, personality, and sense of humor makes their performances fresh, exciting experiences for both adults and children.
Presented by Mortified Media
Friday, June 13th at 8:00pm
Hailed as a "cultural phenomenon" by NewsWeek and celebrated for years by the likes of This American Life, The Today Show, The Onion AV Club, & Entertainment Weekly, Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies, schoolwork) as shared by their original authors -- in front of total strangers. Where else can you hear grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Bon Jovi? Submissions come from a wide range of participants, from professional performers to total amateurs. All in the noble pursuit of self-degradation.Share the shame.
Presented by Ryan P. Casey
Sunday, June 15th at 4:00pm
Class Act is a rhythm tap show inspired by the Big Band Jazz era of the 1920's and 30's, which blends tap dance with humor, poetry, cinematography and more.
BROTHERS MCCANN- "DAYS OF EASE" ALBUM RELEASE
Presented by Brothers McCann
Wednesday, June 18 at 8:00PM
A celebration of the latest album release by Boston-based band Brothers McCann.
Presented by Colleen Hughes
Thursday, June 19th at 8:00pm
A raucous ride through Cork, Ireland, Disco Pigs follows two best friends as they try to hold on to a childhood that they may already have lost. Disco Pigs follows Pig and Runt, best friends living in Cork, Ireland, as they navigate their coming of age. Inseparable sincebirth, they have always faced the world together, but as their 17th birthday celebration goes on, their friendship will be put to the test. Will Pig andRunt be able to hold on to their kingdom of Pork City, or will the booze, lust, and violence break their extraordinary bond?
REVENGE OF THE ROBOT BATTLE NUNS
Presented by the Slaughterhouse Sweethearts
Friday, June 20th and Sunday June 29th at 8:00pm
The End of the World. Foxy hallucinations. The President's mutant daughter. Mad science. Cannibals. And one bloody, perverse story of revenge. Who amongst you has a taste for the bizarre? An eager ear for this terrible tale? For those with a strong stomach, a twisted mind, and a perverse groin, REVENGE of the ROBOT BATTLE NUNS has it all. Aerialists, stilt walking, gender bending, boylesque, splatter, a rocking soundtrack, comedy, violence, and, of course, pasties.
Presented by Videodrome Discotheque
Friday, June 20 and July 18 at10:00PM
Voted Boston's Best Dance Night In 2012's Boston Phoenix Readers Poll, Videodrome Discotheque serves up a non-stop mixture of outrageous sound & vision, with a particular emphasis on theDisco, New Wave, Rock, Hi-NRG, & Pop of the late 70s and Early 80s - along with select modern artists (such as Gaga, Kylie, and Scissor Sisters) that fit their vintage aesthetic.
THE IT FACTOR MUSIC SHOWCASE
Presented by Evalast Productions
Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, July 31 at 8:00PM
Benson Dageneral and Evalast Productions Present The "IT" Factor Music Showcase Competition. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND- unsigned singers, dancers, rappers and producers have a shot at winning $1,000 in cash!
Presented by Boston Circus Guild and OBERON
Friday, June 27 andFriday, July 25 at 7:00PM & 10:00PM
Get dolled up in your finest threads and put on your dancing shoes! Join us as we transform A.R.T.'s OBERON into the Oberon Social Club, a hot new speakeasy guaranteed to liven up the scene. The cool cats and dapper dames from the Boston Circus Guild will amaze you with phenomenal acts, including acrobatic feats of strength,astounding juggling, high-energy hooping, titillating burlesque, and glamorous aerial performances, all set to the sounds of the hippest electro-swing andjazz in Boston. The Boston Circus Guild is an OBERON artist in residence
ALL THE KINGS MEN
Presented by ATKM Productions
Sunday, July 6 at 8:00PM
Thrilling audiences to their feet from Los Angeles to London for the past eleven years, ATKM return home to OBERON to entertain your faces off! "One of Boston's most entertaining acts" (Bay Windows), ATKM use pop-cultural satire, gender-bending comedic sketches, burlesque, dance and a host of alter egos to address and upend gender expectations in performances that range from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. Winners of a 2012 GO NYC Nightlife award and named one of ten nationwide winners of Curve Magazine's "Best Lesbian Theatre" Award, this unique troupe plays between 35-50 characters per performance in a show that truly defines definition.
CUNNING FOLK CABARET-AMY KUCHARIK CD RELEASE SPECTACULAR
Presented by Amy Kucharik
Friday, July 11 at 9:00PM
A cabaret surrounding the release of Boston based artist Amy Kuckarik's new CD, featuring music, dance, poetry and aerial acts that will traverse the border of the magical realm.
SEXYBACK- OR WHAT YOU WILL
Presented by toUch Performance Art and OBERON
July 16, 17, and 18 at 8:00PM
From toUch Performance Art comes their newest work, Sexyback: or what you will-a new immersive club-theater experience of boy band hits and killer dance moves- inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Sexyback captures the feeling of that NSYNC concert you went crazy for with a traditional male ensemble that ignites the boy band fever we had- plus all the hilarious gender-bending glory of Shakespeare. Party, drink at the bar, and dance to all the hits as the show fulfills all your reunion fantasies. toUch Performance Art is an OBERON Artist in Residence.
THE STORY COLLIDER
Presented by The Story Collider
Wednesday, July 23 at 8:00PM
From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven't seen a test tube since eighth grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.
Presented by A.R.T.
Every Saturday Night at 7:30PM and 10:30PM
Tickets: from $25
Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus's celebrated smash hit continues its 5th Season at OBERON every Saturday night, bringing you the ultimate disco experience-a crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the 70s disco hits you know by heart as the show unfolds around you. After the show, the party continues into the night so you can live out your own fantasy of disco fever!
OBERON is located at 2 Arrow Street at the corner of Mass Ave. in Harvard Square, Cambridge. For more info and tickets visit www.cluboberon.com.