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Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre
Durrell Theater 820 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Rose Shor

Very enjoyable ensemble piece, with actors/singers portraying a variety of people and their feelings about their respective jobs.
Well-paced, enthusiastic performances, alternating between humorous and poignant.
Very talented group of...continued

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The award-winning Metro Stage Company, one of the Boston-area’s most exciting new theater companies, will present “Working,” a 1970s Broadway musical with songs by Stephen Schwartz, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor, among others, based on the book by the same name by Studs Terkel, at their established location in the Cambridge Family YMCA Theater in Central Square.

Metro Stage’s artistic team chose this highly original and rarely performed musical specifically with the current economic climate in mind.  The true stories of different lives in the workforce, “‘Working’ offers a gorgeous array of music with stories that offer humor and pathos that resonate as strongly today as they did 35 years ago when Studs Terkel wrote his book,” according to Artistic Director Robert Case.

“Working” paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the mill worker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, just to name a few.  The musical ends with a collective acknowledgment of the accomplishments of each character, and in doing so offers validation of work in its many forms – an uplifting message in the midst of our current economic malaise.   

It’s a highly original look at the American landscape that’s simply impossible to forget!

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