Misalliance is only mildly amusing, barely insightful, hardly contemporary, and worst of all it's dreadfully long. But for some reason the Summer School Repertory Theater has decided to make the Bernard Shaw play its second-to-last production of the season, probably because of its nominal connection with the women's liberation issue. They'll have to play this one as it lays, and it's hardly certain that the Summer Rep will be able to do very much with Shaw's trifling little comedy. The group's track record is pretty good so far, though, and all hope is not lost. Any play that has people falling out of airplanes into glass houses--unscathed--can't be all bad, can it? Premiering Wednesday night at the Leob, it'll run for two weeks. Tickets for opening night are $4.95, Thursday seats cost $5.95. Show are at 8 p.m.
The Salem Chronicles is an historical pageant that starts off on a high note and kind of moves on down hill after that. Salem is, of course, the home of the 17th century witch trials, a shining spot in any town's history that's guaranteed to get any pageant off to a great start. And this performance is very realistic; you're sure to like it if you can stand the smell of burning flesh. (Americans, recent production figures for napalm show, are actually very tolerant of burning flesh.) After the witch trials the show portrays Salem in the Revolutionary War and some other highlights in the town's colorful life. This is all part of the bicentennial celebration, and the show begins at the Custom House on Thursday. Probably very interesting indeed.
The Moiseyev Dance Company, one of the greatest dance groups in the world, will be completing a run at the Boston Music Hall tonight and tomorrow. The people who are running the show, the B.U. celebrity series, would only give us review tickets if we listed the show in our columns: Some of us can be bought cheaper than others. The Moiseyev is from the Soviet Union, and Russians, according to President Nixon, are the most loyal Americans because none of them voted for impeachment. So if you believe in the old Red, White and Blue (or if you like extraordinarily good ballet), shoot down to the Music Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are damned expensive, though.
The Drunkard, after long and inexplicable delays, is finally opening up this week at the Washington St. Opera House in Somerville. This is supposed to be the longest running show in America, and it's an invective about Demon Rum. Sounds like a nineteenth century "Reefer Madness." This is opening up Thursday night. Call 628-1266 for more information.
The Publick Theater, out of the sheer force of habit, continues its ancient practice of producing The Tempest and Wilde's Salome on alternating nights on Soldiers Field Road in Allston. Audiences have been grumbling about the quality of the performances, but professionalism has never been the Publick's strong point. It is a nice community theater in convivial surroundings. Tickets are relatively cheap and people get high during the performances. What could be nicer?