Venue Details

3437 Star Starred
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
between Berkeley & Clarendon Streets 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from tim jackson

Fantastic playwright, a great group of actors. This was a real treat, the kind of theater I hope I will get to see every so often. Goldstar got me to go and now I'm seeing the whole series of the "Shirley Vt." / Annie Baker plays. Just fabulous -...continued

reviewed Nov 16 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from hvd33

Awful! Like a high school play run by Junior High School Kids -- Maybe in Providence? Offensive!

Vulgar, Boring, Dragged On and On..........Would have left at intermission if they had one! One hour and 45 minutes too much! Painful! Wasted...continued

reviewed Oct 22 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

I loved it! Just the right blend of seriousness and humor, weighty subject matter and light human touches. Paula Plum is always wonderful, and the 3 other actors matched her skills very adeptly.

reviewed Nov 06 2010 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

Read about Annie Baker’s trilogy of Shirley, VT plays.

Read an interview with Annie Baker.

Body Awareness offers] much more than just laughs. [It’s] the deepest and richest of the Shirley, VT plays, and features a quartet of outstanding performers.” —Boston Globe

[Playwright Annie] Baker should thank SpeakEasy Stage Company for what they have done with her play… Four flawless performances make this such a delight… Even in the world of live theater, this kind of synchronistic magic is a rare treat to behold." — Boston Metro

Body Awareness is the most conventional of the Shirley, VT plays, and the most overtly entertaining” —Boston Phoenix


“Body Awareness Week” on a Vermont college campus is the setting for this smart and touching new comedy about ordinary people grasping for connection. When Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner Joyce agree to house one of the event’s guest artists, a controversial photographer famous for his female nudes, a firestorm erupts that could break apart their nontraditional family.

*Annie Baker *grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include _Body Awareness _(Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), _Circle Mirror Transformation _(Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), _The Aliens _(Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), _The End of the Middle Ages _(commission for Soho Rep) and _Nocturama _Her work has also been developed and produced at the Bush Theatre in London, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Soho Rep, the Orchard Project, the Ontological-Hysteric, Ars Nova, the Huntington, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Theatre Artaud, the Magic Theater, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah and Ucross, Wyoming. Annie is a member of New Dramatists, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and EST, and an alumna of Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and commissions from Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons. MFA, Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College.

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