What to Do in Boston during April Showers

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Posted April 3, 2013 by Brittany E. Fischer in Eat & Drink
Book of Mormon Musical Play

Most Bostonians have been avoiding the arctic weather by hibernating on the couch for months. Now, we’re finally toying with the idea of venturing outside. We’re more than hopeful that April will bring us at least a few rays of sunshine, and we plan to spend every one of those gorgeous days outdoors soaking in a much-needed dose of vitamin D. But let’s be realistic: There will be rain—probably lots of it. Here’s what to do in Boston during those nasty April showers.

The Book of Mormon: On tour at the Boston Opera House from April 9 to April 28, this side-splitting musical is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The New York Times‘ Ben Bradley calls it, “the best musical of the century.” How could it not be? Everything that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone touch turns to gold.

Neva: Playing at The Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Paramount Center from April 3 to April 7, this provocative, politically charged meditation on theater during the Russian Revolution is nothing like the aforementioned musical comedy. Written by Chilean writer and director Guillermo Calderón, Neva is actually a satire of such works. Theatermania‘s Zachary Stewart writes: “There is something thrillingly perverse about sitting in a plush red seat in a darkened theater surrounded by people who paid $55 for 80 minutes of live performance, and being lectured about what a bourgeois extravagance this whole setup is.” Nonetheless, all who review Neva call it both “brilliant” and “haunting.”

Parkers Fine Dining Restaurant

The cozy Parkers’ Restaurant is famous for its clam chowder, which is guaranteed to warm your chills on a drizzly day. Photo Courtesy of Parkers Restaurants.

Parkers’ Restaurant: Ever wonder why every great (and not-so-great) love stories feature the couple getting caught in a torrential downpour? It seems to be a truth universally acknowledged that something about the rain makes us sentimental, so why not make use of this scientific principle? There’s no better place to rekindle a romance while it rains than the cozy and historic Omni Parker Hotel. No, but really: It was actually voted the “Best Place to Rekindle a Romance” by CBS Boston. Even if you’re single, exploring a hotel built in 1855 is a bit like visiting a museum. The striking architectural elements just ooze old-world charm. Oh, and speaking of ooze—the Boston Cream Pie was invented at Parker’s Restaurant. Fittingly, they have the best in the world. (And don’t forget to “forget” your umbrella on your walk over to AMC Loews Boston Common afterwards—that’s the stuff of fairy tales.)

Sleeping Beauty: Need one more reason not to spend your day sleeping? Consider Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty. It’s at the Boston Opera House from March 2 to April 7. The New York Times has called it an “exquisite” classical ballet performance. Your elegant evening will be filled with ornate costumes, extravagant sets, and graceful performers. The only one snoozing will be Princess Aurora, I promise.

So, fellow Bostonians, why let dismal weather get us down when we can simply slide on our wellies and dash over to these enticing destinations in downtown Boston? There’s no need to wonder what to do in Boston when the weather outside is frightful. That’s what city living’s all about, folks.

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