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Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
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before matinee, Brookline Lunch was great and reasonable and just around the corner!
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The chairs are not padded well, so bring a pillow if you're prone to pain.
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"Breaking the Code"
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4.7 average rating
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14 reviews
20 stars
attended Apr 14 2011

Tremendously well-written and well-produced play. All the actors were wonderful. The lead actor was stupendous. His performance as Alan Turing rates up there with the best acting I've seen on NYC and London stages.

I thought the non-linear...continued

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attended Apr 14 2011

This is a lovely and confident production, with versatile and skilled actors and a minimal but well-designed set. Every moment of the evening is filled with genuine affection and respect for both the play and its characters, and it was a pleasure...continued

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5 reviews
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attended Apr 15 2011

In general we thought this was a good representation of the character of Alan Turing, as well as to others of his particular intellectual makeup. (Although I never met him, I have known three of his colleagues at Bletchley from whom I had some...continued

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Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, the science theater collaboration between Underground Railway Theater and MIT, enhances the production with post-show conversations featuring renowned scientists. This performance is presented as a part of MIT’s 150th Anniversary and the 2011 Cambridge Science Festival.


Breaking the Code, Hugh Whitemore’s elegant and deeply moving play about brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing, reveals connections between his cracking of the Nazi’s “unbreakable” Engima Code and his refusal to live a closeted life. Turing’s expansive spirit embraced seeming contradiction: gay man and war hero, marathon runner and Disney film fan; he envisioned a ’universal machine" and set the stage for modern computer technology. Directed by Adam Zahler, starring Allyn Burrows as Turing, and featuring URT Artistic Director Debra Wise.

About the Ticket Supplier: Central Square Theater

The Central Square Theater is home to Underground Railway Theater (URT) and The Nora Theatre Company, two professional theater companies with a combined track record of over 48 years of excellence.

URT has a 29 year history of connecting high quality professional theater with communities, performing new plays for young audiences, families and adults, and teaching through its rigorous education programming. Combining actors, puppetry and music, URT reaches out to and engages diverse audiences with performances of great beauty and compelling social content.

During The Nora’s 19 years, audiences and the media have recognized it for its exceptionally high quality work. Mission-driven to bring cutting-edge, thought- provoking, and contemporary productions to New England audiences, The Nora has introduced local audiences to Boston, New England, and/or world premieres.