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New Davis Square Theatre will offer Somerville an eclectic performance mix

Posted by Marcia Dick  February 13, 2012 11:50 AM

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Somerville arts-lovers will find a new favorite hotspot in the neighborhood. Not just a rock club, nor bar, nor playhouse, the newly opened Davis Square Theatre will offer a multitude of performances on any given night.

theat.jpg“It’s probably one of the only places in town that’s doing full theatre productions as well as high-quality comedy and live music,” said Gabriel Kuttner, the theatre’s director of programming and a producer with the Actors’ Shakespeare Project. “It's a very unique and challenging goal."

 
Kuttner has teamed up with established Somerville restaurant entrepreneurs Dave Flanagan and Ken Kelly, owners of Saloon and Foundry on Elm. The venue was previously known as Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway Theatre, where Kuttner’s production of The “Merry Wives of Windsor” was performed. Kuttner then submitted a proposal to produce the theatre’s future performances, and Flanagan and Kelly agreed.

Along with “Merry Wives,” the theater, which is located under Foundry on Elm at 255 Elm St., already has hosted “Unlucky in Love,” a performance by the Boston Babydolls burlesque troupe. This Friday, “Blood Rose Rising” will begin its run at the theater. Kuttner describes the show as “An episodic ghost story thriller set in Boston.”

The theatre also is “experimenting with different time slots,” according to Kuttner. The venue will host multiple performances in one night, with theatre shows ending around 7:30 and comics or bands taking over the stage around 9.

“We’ll host local bands to begin with, but I think it would be terrific if we could put Davis Square Theatre on the map as a venue for touring bands,” said Kuttner.

The 200-person venue also boasts a full bar, with specialty drinks made by Saloon’s mixologists. Also, with the club’s close proximity to both Saloon and Foundry, one could easily grab dinner and a show.

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