Other Desert Cities
Within the next upcoming weeks Boston will be bombarded by all forms of art. Museums, exhibits, and theater showings will all be part of the events to come. What better way to spend your winter then to drink hot cocoa and admire great art whether it be a painting or a magnificent performance.
MARRY ME A LITTLE Director IIyse Robbins broadens the Stephen Sondheim musical revue to include gay relationships, and it works beautifully in this appealingly understated gem of a production. Pictured: Phil Tayler (left) and Erica Spyres. Through Jan. 27. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org
OTHER DESERT CITIES Over the holidays with her parents, a writer announces that her new memoir revisits a very grim chapter in their family history. Blood relations, indeed. Jon Robin Baitz’s play is directed by Scott Edmiston with his usual fluid assurance, and it features superb performances by Anne Gottlieb as the anxious but determined author and Karen MacDonald as her formidable mother. An engrossing display of familial fireworks.Through Feb. 9. SpeakEasy Stage Company.