Through June 26
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
527 Tremont Street, Boston
617 266-0800 | Various Times
At Thanksgiving dinner, Knox shares that he is grateful for three things he thought were a curse: being deaf, being gay, and being an alcoholic. After a terrible accident and what feels like the trials of Job, he and his family’s resilience is put to the test. Written both in English and American Sign Language, Craig Lucas’ funny, ambitious, and beautiful new play pulses with the exhilaration and ache of human connection.
The Burren Back Room Series Presents:
The Kane Sisters with Pat O'Connor and Eoghan O'Sullivan
Connema sisters Liz and Yvonne Kane (pictured) bring lithe to their slow, graceful fiddle tunes. Pat Connor (fiddle) and Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion) reach the very soul of the tradition. The Backroom Series was founded by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello and is hosted by Brian O' Donovan of WGBH A Celtic Sojourn.
617 Lexington Street, Waltham
781-891-5600 | reaglemusictheatre.com
Set in a tight-knit fishing community on the New England coastline, Carouselrevolves around the ill-fated love affair between charismatic Billy Bigelow, a travelling carnival man, and trusting Julie Jordan, a worker at the local mill. Having married against everyone's advice only weeks after they first met. After a hasty marriage, Billy falls in with the wrong crowd and dies in the aftermath of a robbery gone horribly wrong. Sent to purgatory for 15 years after his death, Billy is given one day to redeem his soul before he is permitted to enter the Heavenly Gates. Trying to perform a single good deed, he seeks out his daughter, now a rebellious teenager destined to follow in his troubled footsteps. Billy reaches out to her, but is it too little too late, or will it be enough to change both their lives forever?
ICCNE Canton Summer Céilí
Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
3:00-7:00 pm | $10 at the door
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org
Held the 2nd Sunday of every month with live Irish music by Billy O'Neill and friends, the ICC Canton Céilí is a great place for those who know how to Céilí and for those new to the dance. It's a great place to meet new people and no partner is necessary. Come and enjoy set dancing, waltzes, quickstep, and other traditional dances. And enjoy a great workout!
Inroads Ireland's GO WEST Tour
Trace a path through the amazing west of Ireland. Savor Connemara's Twelve Bens (peaks) and uncover the castles of pirate clans. Marvel at Achill Island's Atlantic coastline and secluded beaches. Visit Counties Mayo, Galway, and Sligo. In the Georgian town of Birr, find its great telescope, once largest in the world at the Birr Castle. Unearth Irish revivalists who saved much of Ireland's traditions. Traverse drumlins to a passage tomb - perhaps the oldest celestial calendar.
June 27-July 4
Inroads Ireland's GO SOUTH Tour
For an authentic Irish experience, travel with Inroads Ireland’s tours off the beaten track in small groups (max of 14 people) on Ireland’s back roads. The one week mini-coach tour takes you to the very best of southern Ireland where you’ll discover ancient monastic settlements with intricately carved Celtic crosses, round towers, and the Cliffs of Moher. Explore centuries old castles & experience a mystifying solar alignment within a tranquil stone circle. Enjoy a traditional Irish music session while relaxing in a cozy pub. Stay in small towns like Baltimore, Kenmare, and Dingle in locally owned guesthouses and help support local economies. You’ll walk the land, capture the spirit, and have Ireland forever in your heart. This is Ireland done right!