10 things to go see around Boston this September

Photo courtesy Cirque du Soleil / Benoit Fontaine

With the beginning of fall, many of Boston’s performing arts centers are back in season. Enjoy theater, cinema, acrobatics, spoken word, and more with these 10 things to go see around Boston in September.

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO

This show from the esteemed acrobatics group presents a story of biodiversity and insect life. For five days, New England audiences can take in the show at Agganis Arena. (Opens Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Agganis Arena, Boston; $40+; all ages)


Presented by The 7 Fingers, this show combines theater, dance, and acrobatics for what Canadian publication Planète Québec called, “elegant, like a poem of the stage.” This performance will be its U.S. premiere after shows in Canada and France. (Opens Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston; $20+, all ages)


This play weaves modern romance and quantum physics into a show that left The New York Times asking, “Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy?” Award-winning director Scott Edmiston leads the Catalyst [email protected] Production. (Opens Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Central Square Theater, Cambridge; $21+)

Angels in America: Part One

The Paramount Center will be screening a recording of this play focused on life, death, and love in 1980s New York. This new staging of the award-winning play by Tony Kushner stars Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter. (Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 10 at 1 p.m.; Emerson Paramount Center, Boston; $19; 18+)

The Phantom of the Opera

The classic play will spend two and a half weeks at the Boston Opera House as part of its North American Tour. With new special effects, set design, and choreography, the production has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.” (Opens Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Boston Opera House, Boston; $40+; all ages)

Story Slam ‘deal breakers’

Story Slam invites participants to tell a true five-minute story related to a theme and win prizes. This month, the topic is your best “deal breaker” moments. (Sunday, September 17 at 7 p.m.; Doyle’s, Jamaica Plain; $10; 15+)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

The 1982 classic is returning to theaters for two nights to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Bring the family to enjoy the Academy Award-winning film on the big screen. (Sunday, September 17 or Wednesday, September 20 at various times; various locations; rated PG)

Dance Up

The Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston is bringing six of New England’s most promising dancers for the event featuring hip-hop, tap, and contemporary dance. Free pre-performance talks with Boston Dance Alliance Executive Director Debra Cash will be held 30 minutes before the show. (Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 at 8 p.m.; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston; $32; all ages)

Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic, A Tribute To David Bowie

Seu Jorge will perform a special tribute to David Bowie while recreating the set to The Life Aquatic onstage. This guest performance will be held at Symphony Hall. (Sunday, September 24 at 8 p.m; Symphony Hall, Boston; $52+; all ages)


Anderson Comedy hosts this open mic every week at the Middle East. You can even get a four-minute performance slot by commenting on the Facebook page. (Each Tuesday at 9 p.m.; Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub Corner Bar, Cambridge; free; 18+)