The Larcom Theater in downtown Beverly, MA has new ownership and it is nothing but a great thing! Saturday night the Larcom Theater brought a little piece of history back home. Saturday February 11th 2017 the theater held it first Vaudeville style show since the early Twentieth century. For those of you that are not familiar with this style of entertainment a Vaudeville show is a style of entertainment that includes a variety of different types of talent including but not limited to song, dance, comedy and magic among many others. The show included nine acts and each had their own style and presence on stage for sure!
Of the nine acts that performed three of them were my absolute favorites and just blew my mind of what I was expecting. Cape Ann Improv was up first and I always say that the first act has it cut out for them when it comes to warming up the crowd however; I was quite impressed with what they had to offer the audience. Since it was the weekend before Valentine’s Day, they came out swinging with a game full of audience participation. This game was for the audience to provide some of their first names and the group had to create two-minute romantic movie scenes based on the first letters of some of the names that they were given. It was a great start to the night.
The show also featured four comedians who all came out and entertained the crowd with nothing but laughs and enthusiasm. The comedic MC host for the evening Sterling Smith sort of lead the charge with her unique style of personal comedy and discussion which got the crowd going. This was followed up by local comic WIll Martin. Will Martin is a comic we have seen before when we hosted the North Shore’s Last Comic standing contest and let me say he is funny and there was some definite improvement with his set and timing. He did still seem a little nervous however, the fact that he did not let his nerves get the best of him was great to see. He is funny with a real world perspective that not many of us are willing to invite into our daily lives. The other two comics featured on the show were Susanne Boitano who came out and gave us a great set which showed she had experience around the comedy scene. The last comic Jere Pilapil just made me happy to be where I was. He was full of energy, engaging and downright funny. His take on life and relationships made me feel like he was talking directly to me and that is a wonderful thing. If you have the chance to see him, perform I would say go if you can (for sure.)
The only musical act for the night was The Venus Mars Project and I cannot say enough good things about this duo. They normally perform with a full band however that night only the two lead vocalists came out and it was stunning to watch and listen to them perform together. Their names are Jacyn Tremblay and Peter Tentindo. I could listen to the two of them for hours. They sung a combination of covers and originals. I found Peter’s voice to be strong and powerful while still elegant and Jacyn’s voice was simply hauntingly beautiful that packed a serious punch when it came to those high notes.
The show also featured two different types of performances which haven’t been seen in Beverly in many many years or never even seen before the and This brings me to the more racy part of the evening when Betsey Feathers came to the stage. This group had women of all shapes and sizes and that is respectable for sure (showing that there is not just one type of women on this planet.) I think that it was a solid performance and that those girls had some moves. They wow’d the crowd and defiantly showed that this could help bring the younger generation into the art’s in downtown Beverly which has never been seen at theaters in the area before. The second act that was unique was Seiren of the circle was an act consisting of a woman and a hula-hoop. Now while I cannot hula-hoop to save my life and most likely look like a drunken toddler trying to do so I do realize that this is a talent for sure. She had a solid performance and gave a new spin on hula hoop dancing.
Lastly, I want to talk about the only magical act that they had for the evening and I LOVED him! His name was Ben Pratt and I thought that he was engaging, silly, funny and fun. I found his act to be rather quick (and I am not sure if it is because some of the other acts ran longer than expected) however even though this could have been a definite downfall for Ben I think that he used his allotted time wisely and kept the audience interested as it was getting later in the evening. I was very impressed with that he had to offer and would go see him again in a second and highly recommend that anyone who has the chance do the same.
All and all I think this show was the best value for your buck as in terms of what you get for what you're paying the show had 9 acts and tickets were at a really low price. Compared to other events going on in the city at the same time this show gave you everything you could expect and more. The show ran for about 2.5 hours which is not seen anywhere else and I think this could be a huge success going forward. Congrats, to everyone involved in putting this show together. The hard work, dedication and passion did not go unnoticed whatsoever.
For more information on the Larcom Theatre visit: www.LarcomTheatre.com.
Written by Nicole Wood
(Co-Owner and Staff Writer/Editor)
On Friday November 25th 2016 The Larcom Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts welcomed Jon Stetson. Jon is known primarily for his involvement with the CBS television show The Mentalist. Stetson was the inspiration for the television show which is based on his real life experiences.
Walking into the theatre on Friday night I had no idea what to expect. I figured that it would be some strange and confusing mash up of bad magic and lack-luster humor. However I must say that not only was I wrong but I was pleasantly surprised in the process. Stetson engaging and downright funny. I could not have been happier to spend my Friday night utterly belly laughing and unable to look away in fear that I may miss something.
One thing that I found fascinating was Jon’s ability to instantly connect with the audience. I have been to many shows from music concerts, to comedy shows and everything in between and have seen many seasoned acts fail at when attempting to get and keep the audience's attention. Jon had this way about him the only way I can accurately describe it is just how personable he was.
I wish that I could write an explanation of how he does what he does but I just can’t. Yes I do have a degree in psychology and could easily explain how he may use body posture or eye glances or someone's general disposition to help him determine how he may be closer to one answer to a question or another however I cannot tell you for the life of me how he would know the exact serial number of a $1.00 bill that was sitting in someone's wallet of whom he has never met before.I can also not determine how he knew the name of a man as well as the exact location of whom a woman kissed over 30 years ago in elementary school. Now I know what you are thinking “Simple, he must have conversed with them at some point before or after the show but I promise you other than asking a few people to be involved (at random) he had no prior contact with the audience.
All I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised with his presentation and that the Larcum Thaetre was lucky to have him perform. Anyone who has the opportunity to see him perform live should most definitely do so. You’ll be glad that you did!
Story written by: Nicole Lynne Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
The hilarious new one man show “The Male Intellect an Oxy Moron” opened last night at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts. The show produced, written and performed by Robert Dubac takes the audience on a whirlwind journey into the male mindset. Exploring both the male’s right side of the brain which handles the emotional information & the left side of the brain that tries to problem solve but always gets lost on the way.
The show opens up with Robert on stage trying to understand why his fiancée decided to take a break from the relationship and informs him that she will take two weeks for her to decide if she is able to overcome some relationship differences. Throughout the show Robert keep’s trying to answer the age old question of “what do woman really want?” Throughout the entire performance you meet many chauvinists along the way including characters like The Colonel, Fast Eddie, Old Mr. Linger & Ronnie Cabrezzi Who all influence Robert’s way he perceives woman and relationships.
Both men and women will find something to chuckle at in this rumination of the differences in the sexes. The entire 90 minutes of the performance include nothing but laugh’s, chuckles and moments why you’ll look at your significant other and say “is that really what it means?” This show is something not to miss especially since it is that time of year known as valentine’s day. He gets into jokes that score with both sides and the laughter starts rolling. The Male Intellect accomplishes its twin goals, which are to entertain you a lot, and make you think a little is definitely a show not to miss.
It’s the perfect show for Valentine’s Day! The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? plays Beverly’s Larcom Theatre for 5 shows February 12-14. Tickets can be purchased at www.LarcomTheatre.com or by calling Spectacle Management at 617-531-1257. Don’t miss this highly hilarious and historic comedy performance that will leave audiences from eighteen to eighty leaving very pleased.
Written By: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Tonight was nothing but a night that will stand alone for the ages first Tumblin’ Jack Walsh took to the stage and was able to warm up the crowd like I had never seen before! From regaling us with stories of how his wife runs a tight ship with little (and understandable) wiggle room to when the wiggle room in his pants was no more and it was time to go to weight watchers and shed those pounds. Jack has worked with many popular comics many who got their start right here in the Boston area such as Don Gavin, Paul D’Angelo, Steve Sweeney, Ken Rogerson,Tony Vee, Nick DePaulo, Johnny Pizzi, Jimmy Dunn, Patty Ross, Jimmy Tingle to name a few Be sure to check out one of Jack’s upcoming shows such as the one at Headliner’s Comedy Club @ Chunky’s Pub in Nashua, NH of February 19th and 20th where Jack will be preforming with the likes of Lenny Clarke and Rob Steen! Once the second comedian Christine Hurley (who became a finalist on Nick and Nite’s televised series “America’s Funniest Mom) hit the stage all bets were off! I don’t think I have EVER laughed so hard and for such long periods of time. She is quickly becoming a Boston comedy favorite and a legend in her own right. It is wonderful to see someone from my hometown of Plymouth, MA doing such wonderful and amazing things! Her comedic style is understandable and relate able which is a breath of fresh air! She went from telling us what it is like to be a real mom with “real world” problems like calling the wrong school in regards to the wrong child because she may or may not have had too much to drink that morning (You have to get through the day somehow right?) to telling us what it is like to be in a “realistic” marriage and have “realistic” expectations such as the fact that your husband is not and will never be Brad Pit. When she was discussing the topic of her marriage and she began to bring up her relationship with her Husband Jimmy there was not a dry eye in that theater. Everyone and I mean everyone was laughing so hard they had tears streaming down their faces! She is a force to be reckoned with (especially on the little league baseball field, just ask Mr. Nolan and he will tell you all about it!) Christine can be seen live at her next performance at the AllPro show in Leominster, MA at 7:30 PM on February 5th
Then the legendary Lenny Clarke who has appeared all over the Late Night television circuit as well as in being in Hollywood blockbuster films such as There is Something About Mary (1998) Me Myself and Irene (2000), Stuck On You (2003) Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004), “Fever Pitch” (2005) “Here Comes the Boom” (20012) and so many more! took the stage and the laughs did not stop coming. Even though Lenny has experienced much success and rubbed elbows with those of fame and fortune (much like himself) he has always managed to keep his comedy stylings new and fresh and oh so down home. He has NEVER forgotten his roots and just where he come from. From talking about last years’ (2015) nine+ feet of snow and how even though it sucked to be from New England we knew how to manage and cope either because we are “calm and rational people” or we are just “tough sons and bitches” to discussing the current state of affairs of this great nation and how improvements could so easily be made if oh here’s a thought: those who need to could just “Open their eyes and get their heads out of their asses” and everything in between! Also if you are ever feeling low or down in dumps and need a quick pick me up you could always do what Lenny does and grab a quick drink and a smoke and head down to the local cemetery and simply walk around. You’ll be feeling better and more fortunate” in no time but don’t take my word for it! Tonight was nothing close to a disappointment and simply another home run for a great local theatre who knows how to book a show to really pack the house (ESPECIALLY on the Larcom Theater’s 2016 seasons opening night!)
The larcom Theater that is located right in the heart of Beverly MA’s downtown area (on 13 Wallis St) is doing amazing things for the colander year of 2016. If you missed this most recent performance or even if you didn’t please be sure to check out all of the upcoming shows such as Robert Dubac’s “The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?” The show is a limited engagement and will be on for five shows on February 12th thru February 14th. It is sure to be comedic gold and a great night out with either your significant other, your friends or even yourself. What more could you ask for? There is so much going on that you just can’t miss! Please head to The Larcom’s Website at http://www.larcomtheatre.com/larcomtheatre.com/Home.html, be sure to check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larcomtheatre and of course Twitter at https://twitter.com/LarcomTheatre you’ll be glad you did!
Story Covered & Written By: Nicole Lynne Wood
Wood Media Staff Reviewer
On the eve of 2016 The Larcom Theatre and Spectacle Management presented Comedy with Paul D’Angelo. This show was packed with laughs and stories that only Paul could tell the crowd in his amazing comedy style. The Larcom Theatre crowd packed the house to celebrate new years eve and laugh the night away.
The show opened up with local comic and Boston Comedy Festival winner and funniest Mom comic Chrissy Kelleher who brought her comedy styling of being a mother of two to the stage. From the minute she took the stage the crowd was being entertained by this unique comedy material. Jokes ranged from stories about her growing up as a child with different names to talking about her daily job as being a school teacher and how she has to work hard to not let her comedy styles get involved with her day job. She also made a mention that her two son’s were in the audience and were going to be embarrassed about some of the jokes that deal with her sexual history. She was a great lead in for the headliner but should try to make her jokes connect better so that the crowd can be sure to laugh and not have silent points during her set.
After Chrissy got the crowd warmed up it was time for Paul D’Angelo to take the stage and be the headliner of the night. He didn’t disappoint from the minute he took the stage getting the crowd to laugh with almost everything he said. The moment Paul took the stage he made the crowd chuckle when he made a mention to the competition going on in the comedy scene in Beverly that night. Paul told the crowd “It’s amazing it take’s the Cabot 4 comedian’s to make the crowd laugh, when he promises it will only take him to send everyone home happy”. Paul made you laugh from the moment he entered the stage to the minute he left. One really good thing about Paul's style is that he has the ability to not plan his shows and it was shown tonight that he really tried to gear his show towards the audience to ensure that if they were there last year they would hear new stuff. He brought up stories about living with folks who are older to dealing with them as they got even older. Although he was still able to bring it all full circle and make you not feel like you were left out at all during the show. Whenever Paul is in your area you should try to get a ticket to his show and he promises you won’t leave un happy.
Spectacle Management has more comedy coming to the Historic Larcom Theatre this winter with their next show featuring legendary Boston comic Lenny Clarke. Lenny will take the stage on Saturday January 30th, 2016. For more information on this show be sure to visit www.LarcomTheatre.com .
Story by: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
On a day when The Salem News published an article wondering if both The Larcom Theatre and The Cabot Street Center for Performing Arts could co-exists. The Larcom Theatre really delivered a great show in front of a large crowd of over 200 for former 60 Minutes II star Jimmy Tingle. All awhile down the street The Cabot packed a house of over 300 to see star Steve Sweeney.
The Larcom crowd was entertained however by such an amazing performer with just an amazing act. Jimmy Tingle who is the Executive Director for his non-profit Humor for Humanity entertained the crowd with his great style of pop culture events to real life experiences of growing up in Cambridge Massachusetts. One of the unique things that Jimmy Tingle did during his show was right after intermission he opened up the floor for questions from the audience which brought many great questions including “Would you ever consider a divorce?” and of course Jimmy had a great answer and that was “Not at the moment I am happily married for 18 years but is anyone else in the crowd looking to mingle with someone new?” Another question from the audience was “What was your opinion on the deflategate Patriots situation?” and Jimmy answered that by saying “what other sport out there allows each team to bring their own balls? Because if that was me I would bring my own balls to every thing that I do on a daily basis.”
The show closed with a great tribute to why he does comedy and what his mission in life is. Jimmy taught the audience about his new non-profit Humor for Humanity. He has decided to dedicate his life to helping non profits and the crowd really seemed interested and really wanted to support him with this great idea. For more information on Jimmy Tingle visit www.JimmyTingle.com as he has a lot of shows coming up in the area of the New England and to find out more information on the Humor for Humanity.
Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
On one of the hottest nights of the Summer of 2015 season SeniorCare Inc was able to get a couple hundred folks to head on out to the Historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts to see some great stand up comedy acts. The event was being held as a fundraiser for the organization SeniorCare Inc SeniorCare Inc currently serves an area that is comprised of more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. They provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The staff and volunteers allows residents to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remain part of the community.
The comedy night was hosted by David Rattigan who is a local Beverly resident that entertained the crowd with his witty and local comedy which was great for folks who are from around the area. He took you from Manchester by the Sea all the way to Gloucester but remember folks its only comedy. The second comedian of the night was Stephen Bjork who entertained the crowd with stories of living with his kids to growing up at the supermarket. From being a single man shopping to being that married man who is at the grocery store and is calling the wife every five seconds to ask what the next item is on the list.
The headliner of the night was Paul D'Angelo who brings his amazing style of comedy right from the start. From talking about growing up with his small Italian mother to going to the doctors for his over 50 checkup. Paul made you laugh from the moment he entered the stage to the minute he left. One really good thing about Paul's style is that he has the ability to not plan his shows and it was shown tonight that he really tried to gear his show towards the audience from SeniorCare Inc. He brought up stories about living with folks who are older to dealing with them as they got even older. Although he was still able to bring it all full circle and make you not feel like you were left out at all during the show even if you didn't have an affiliation with SeniorCare Inc.
All in all The Larcom does it again with another hilarious night of comedy for the local community and they continue to provide entertaining content to the community of Beverly. Their next big show is comedy on June 13 as Jimmy Tingle will take the stage. For more information please visit their web site at www.LarcomTheatre.com. For more information on SeniorCare Inc please visit www.SeniorCareInc.org.
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.