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So what is the Charles Playhouse? (Sigh) For those of you who are miraculously unaware of it, the Charles playhouse is a theatre house with a religious history.
Conveniently located at the base of Beacon Hill, Boston, The Charles Playhouse was originally designed and built in 1839 as the Fifth Universalist Church. In 1864, it was converted into Boston's first synagogue.
It served as a congregation house to the Ohabei Shalom, Scottish Presbyterian congregations and the YWCA before being transformed into a speakeasy - The Lido Venice - during the Prohibition. It was later renamed the Rio Casino.
It is divided into two performance stages - The main stage that can accommodate up to 500 people and the secondary stage that has a capacity of housing 200 patrons.
During the 1940"s, in the post World War ll era, the main stage was converted into a club named "Storyland" - that supplied the affluent with a sophisticated place to socialize - while the downstairs stage was converted into a concert stage that echoed with the sound of hard jazz by such artists as Fats Waller and Earl "Fatha" Hines.
It opened as a theatre in 1958. About it, Boston"s famous drama critic Elliot Norton writes that "its rich history gave it the proper sinned-in atmosphere to become a great theatre."
In 1958, a group of Boston University graduates who called themselves the Actors Company and that included the film star Olympia Dukakis, moved into the building. During their first season in the newly hailed playhouse, the company produced examples of traditional theater like 'The Importance of Being Ernest,' 'The Grass Harp' and 'A View from the Bridge.'
The company then moved to its current Warrenton Street location, and with that the era of the Charles Playhouse began.Ever since then, the Charles Playhouse has strolled along a long and winding road of history and remained one of the most active Off-Broadway Theatre spaces in Boston.
Throughout its history the theatre has seen the presentation of many classic dramatic works, including Jean Paul Sartre"s "No Exit," Oscar Wilde"s "The Importance of Being Earnest," Truman Capote"s "The Grass Harp," Arthur Miller"s "A View from the Bridge," and Tennessee William"s "Orpheus Descending" and "This Property is Condemned."
It has premiered highly acclaimed works by Brecht, O'Neill, Pirandello, and Tennessee Williams and featured performances by many stars-to-be including Al Pacino, Jill Clayburgh, and Jane Alexander. In 1995, the Playhouse was purchased by the Warrenton Street Theatre Corporation.
It is currently home to two long-running theatrical productions - Shear Madness - the much-acclaimed whodunit set in a 1960s-era hair salon, debuted in 1980 with a viewership of more than 5 million people around the world, and Blue Man Group - which is a wildly popular production featuring three actors covered in blue paint who prance about the stage accompanied by loud rock music and plenty of audience interaction.
The lobby of the theatre houses the refreshment stand and the cash bar as well as the Playhouse lounge that serves for a pre- or post theater mingling and music. A casual atmosphere with no cover charge tempt for comfortable music-listening.
Wednesday nights look forward to jazz whole Blues claims most Thursday nights, and local rock bands take the stage on Fridays and Saturdays. The theater is not wheelchair accessible, but arrangements can be made on special request.
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