June is bustling in Boston -- especially at Massachusetts's A.R.T. Theatre, which will present a world premiere by David Mamet (Boston Marriage) and Eric Bogosian's Wake Up and Smell the Coffee in June.
Mamet will direct the world premere of his latest, playing June 4-27, and it's a changeup from the playwright's usual fare. Marriage is set at the turn of the century and features two women slowly revealing the secrets of their relationship. The cast will include Mamet regular (and wife) Rebecca Pidgeon, Felicity Huffman and Mary McCann.
A.R.T. has become a home away from home for the playwright who has premiered two other shows at the MA Theatre - The Old Neighborhood and The Cryptogram. Other plays include his Pulitzer prize winning Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow The Water Engine, The Woods and Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
Bogosian's Wake Up, playing June 22-27, is another monologue collection of pimps, junkies, businessmen and hipsters taking trips down life in the fast lane -- and somewhere along the way falling off.
Bogosian started his career as a solo performer in downtown New York and has gained notoriety with shows such as: Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Drinking in America, Fun House and Nailgun. Bogosian has also ventured into the world of full-length plays including: Talk Radio, subUrbia and Griller. Bogosian's wife, Jo Bonney, will direct Coffee. Her last New York assignment was the acclaimed Off Broadway comedy-drama, Stop Kiss. Tickets for Boston Marriage run $30-$40, with Bogosian tickets running $25. For tickets to either production, call (617) 547-8300.
-- By Sean McGrath