Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead For October 27–30

By Jared Bowen

Oct. 27, 2011

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"The Divine Sister" parodies nun flicks. (Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo)

Every Thursday reporter Jared Bowen discusses the weekend's hottest arts events with WGBH Morning Edition Host Bob Seay.

BOSTON — Forget witches and jack o’ lanterns. Halloween weekend in Boston brings a truly blood-curdling spectacle: dueling drag queens.
- Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans leave their usual grubby haunts to stage “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Oberon in Harvard Square — with Landry in the role he was born to play: mad scientist Frank N. Furter. Performances have already started to sell out. But will the regular Harvard Square Loews/AMC "Rocky Horror" cast howl at the intrusion?

- In the South End, Charles Busch, creator of “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” brings his Varla Jean Merman character to “The Divine Sister,” a parody of ‘60s nun flicks. “A family dynamic plus ‘The Da Vinci Code’ plus ‘The Sound of Music,’” Bowen says, and maybe not for kids. At the Speakeasy Stage Company through November 19.
- And for grownups. . . hey, that’s what the subtitle says. . . is “Before I Leave You: A Love Story for Grownups” at the Huntington Theatre. Playwright and Harvard Square resident Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, 72, talked about the production on “The Emily Rooney Show” on October 20. One wonders if she’s ever gone to see “Rocky Horror.” The play runs through November 13.

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