Imaginary Beasts' "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" Gives Heart

Imaginary Beasts' "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" Gives Heart

“It’s time, it’s time; bring on the Pantomime.”  With this first (and now familiar) rhyme, we are introduced to another year’s imaginary beasts Winter Panto.  This year, we are treated to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as told by the expert cast, lead by Director and Playwright Matthew Woods.  Though the production is not quite as fulfilling and neat as last year’s Kerplop! The Tale of the Frog Prince, this original production is an enjoyable treat for the whole family to experience L. Frank Baum’s world of friends, adventures, dreams, and finding yourself.

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Taming Molière’s "Lovers’ Quarrels"

imaginary beasts offers some of the best ensemble work in Boston. Under the smart guidance of veteran Director Matthew Woods and the extremely capable Stage Manager Deidre Benson, imaginary beasts consistently offer quality entertainment at the Boston fringe level. Molière’sLovers’ Quarrels is both a logical and puzzling choice for the company. The theatre company is well-accustomed to its modern and innovative re-telling and mastery of classic works. Molière’s beast cannot be tamed, however. “Translated” into English verse by Richard Wilbur, the play is burdened with enough battles to make even the most enthusiastic young lover run away with fear. One of Molière’s earlier plays, Lovers’ Quarrels is a described as a “complex comedy,” and that might be the understatement of the century. Plagued with deception, misunderstanding, and missed opportunities, Molière’s text is a dizzying array of characters and plots (and subplots and loose knots and tight knots and lovers’ knots and so on). I can attempt to describe what I believe is a synopsis of the play, but I may miss or misinterpret details (reader beware):

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