Special Interest; more ...

Beyond the curriculum and courses - take a look at what's being offered:  

"Let's Go" Outings  (moved to its own page 10/11/2015)

Most of these Special Interest events are not up-to-date.  See the latest Quill for detailed information of near-future events. For past events, some with pictures, go to Events Archive

LLAIC Theatre Committee

The Dinner & Theater Group offers a hassle-free opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the Boston-Cambridge theater scene plus a wonderful meal  with a congenial group of friends.

The LLAIC Theatre Committee: Sandy Phillips, Charlotte Chase, Linda Eidelman, Leslie Fishman, Rochelle Gordon, Shirley Samansky.

Past Events:
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. –  "Peter and the Star Catcher" a Tony-winning Musical
Robsham Theatre at Boston College: 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, 02467 

At 11:30 am enjoy a special lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille 
33 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, 617-608-3682

The cost is $43 per person. Limited tickets are available. For questions, contact Sandy Phillips, Linda Eidelman, Charlotte Chase or Barbara Bell. 

  • Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. –  "Show Boat"
Reagle Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham
At 11:45 am Enjoy a Special Lunch at Grassfield's Restaurant
875 Lexington Street, Waltham

Show Boat was written by Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern and features such favorites as "Old Man River," "Make Believe," and "Can't Help Lovin' That Man."

Limited tickets are available. For the reservation form, click here.

Questions? Call Sandy Phillips, 617-291-2174 or Linda Eidelman,

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. –  "42nd Street"
Reagle Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham
At 11:45 am Enjoy a Special Lunch at Grassfield's Restaurant
875 Lexington Street, Waltham

42nd Street was written by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble.
42nd Street tells the story that when the star of the show breaks her ankle, one of the producers implores a chorus girl to take over the musical.  Peggy has only 36 hours in which to learn 10 dances.

This show is remarkable. Songs include “We’re In The Money;” “I Only Have Eyes For You”; And Many More. The Dancing is awesome.

For the flyer, click here; for the reservation form, click here.

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  -  "Arrabal"
American Repertory Theatre, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Preceded by Dinner at 4:00 p.m.
Changsho Restaurant
1712 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Tickets are $56.00/person and include dinner, tax, tip and theater.
Reservations must be made by Sunday, April 9.
A new tango-infused dance theater piece, Arrabal follows one woman's quest to understand the violence that took her father and disrupted a nation. Told through dance and the propulsive music of the band Bajofondo, the show features an ensemble and band direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal) with music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla.

The virginal heroine Arrabal is being raised by her grandmother. Her father Rodolfo is one of the desaparecidos, a dissident who was arrested by the ruling military junta and made to disappear when Arrabal was an infant. In her search for her father Arrabal has adventures - good ones like meeting the handsome Juan and bad ones, like being seduced by Juan's ex-girlfriend Nicole. Arrabal invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires' tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past. Some audience members get to sit at tables on stage.
This show will be sold out quickly. We have limited tickets & expect to have a wait list.

Click here to download reservation form.
Questions call: Sandy Phillips 617-277-5691 home; or cell 617-291-2174

  • Sunday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.  -  "Golda's Balcony"
New Repertory Theater, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

Preceded by Lunch at  1:00 p.m., Brio Tuscan Grille, 200 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill

This one-woman show charts Golda from her career as a Wisconsin school teacher to her role as the Prime Minister of Israel. Starring Bobbie Steinback.

Limited tickets are available. Click to download Golda's Balcony Reservation Form.

  • Sunday, October 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – "Dead Man's Cell Phone" directed by Kari Hatfield
Sorenson Theater, Babson College, 19 Babson College Drive, Wellesley

Enjoy a special lunch before the show at Bertucci's, 380 Washington Street, Wellesley,  11:30 a.m.

When Jean answers the cell phone of a recently deceased café patron, she holds on to the device to keep the man alive in a strange yet significant way. Jean's quiet life is turned upside-down as she's thrust into a world of mysterious strangers, shady business deals, and the potential for true love. A story about memory, redemption, connection and disconnection in a technology-obsessed world, Ruhl's comedy is a mesmerizing reflection of today.  "Ruhl's zany probe of the razor-thin line between life and death delivers a fresh and humorous look at the times we live in." - Variety

Limited tickets are available. Click here for reservation form and liability waiver.
Questions? Call: Sandy Phillips 617-2174 or Linda Eidelman 617-232-7564.

  • Thursday, August 4, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - "Crazy for You",
Reagle Theatre, Waltham,  617 Lexington Street, Waltham; lunch before the show at Grassfields Restaurant, 875 Lexington Street, Waltham.

  • Sunday, June 11, 2016, 2:00pm - "Funny Girl"
North Shore Music Theatre  Beverly, MA

Ticket sales close on May 29, send your reservation right away.

This is the wonderfully opulent yet intimate story of Fanny Brice (played by recording artist and Broadway veteran Shoshana Bean), a goofy comic singer, who rises from ugly duckling vaudeville player to a glamorous star of  The Ziegfeld Follies, Hollywood films and radio. It is a spectacular musical from 1950 with extravagant production numbers and show - stopping songs including: "I'm the Greatest Star", "Don't Rain On My Parade", "People",  "The Music That Makes Me Dance", and more.

Register by printing out this form and sending it along with your check for $50/person for theatre tickets only to Sandy Phillips. Tickets are limited.

Lunch or dinner options will be sent to people who register.

The Theatre Committee: Linda Eidelman (617-232-7564), Leslie Fishman, Rochelle Gordon, Shirley Samansky, Sandy Phillips (617-277-5691). Call if you have questions.

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016, 7:30 pmParade, A Musical
Produced by The Boston University College of Fine Arts
Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston

Book by Alfred Uhry, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown   .

Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince.

"Parade" is based on the true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, a man wrong accused of murdering a fourteen year-old girl. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, this stirring Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds.

Before the performance we will enjoy a delicious dinner at BRIO
, 200 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, 4:00 p.m.

Price for dinner and performance is $47/person. This event will sell out. Please print out the Reservation and Liability Waiver Form as soon as possible and send, with your check, to Sandy Phillips as shown on the form.
  • Sunday, September 27  2:00 p.m.   Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass"
New Repertory Theater,  321 Arsenal Street,  Watertown

This powerful, Olivier Award-winning, and Tony-nominated drama is presented as part of a national celebration of the centennial of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller. It is November 11, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht, when Sylvia Gellburg loses the ability to walk. Her husband Phillip desperately seeks to find the cause. After consulting Dr. Harry Hyman, it's determined that her paralysis may have been psychosomatically induced. Hyman's obsession with curing Sylvia uncovers a complex tangle of egos, resentment, and guilt, as well as Phillip's own paralyzing struggle with his Jewish identity.

Preceded by lunch at 11:45 a.m. at La Casa Pedro (next to the theater)

  • May 20, 2015:  Mandy Patinkin starring in "The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville" at the A.R.T. (American Repertory Theatre), Cambridge.
  • First Spring 2015 Event:  "City of Angels" at the Lyric Stage Theater in Boston, Saturday, April 18.

To view or download the announcement, click here.

To view or download the reservation form, click here for the pdf version or click here for the document version.

See Events Archive for previous events. 

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Special Interest Affinity Groups: "Out and About"

Mad about movies or museums? Love books, gardens, photography? Hoping to continue thoughtful discussions about what's happening in the world? Have we got plans for you!
When Spring 2015 courses were winding down, LLAIC launched a series of new "meet and go" groups for all you enthusiasts who want to stay active and involved during the summer and beyond.
Groups will offer opportunities for people who share interests to get together very informally in small groups for outings, both scheduled and spur-of-the-moment. Depending on the focus of the group, and the interests of the members, participants will meet in homes or at various theaters, museums or sites. No new fees are required to participate, so do take advantage of this opportunity to introduce friends and neighbors to LLAIC.

The following groups are active and meeting regularly - contact the leader if interested (updated 9/23/2019):
  • French Conversation Group (Richard Mansfield)
  • Movie Mavens (Shelly Levine)
  • Lit-Lovers [formerly LLAIC Book Club] (Joanne Fisher)
  • LLAIC Writers Group (Sheryl Roberts)
  • No Geniuses on Wall Street (Richard Lewis)
The groups below are no longer active
  • LLAIC Sings (Phyllis Cohen)
  • Food and Memories Book Club (Sandy Grasfield, Dana Kaplan)
Other special interest groups have been suggested, but further ideas from the membership are more than welcome. Some of these groups have a "champion" identified, but a co-champion would be terrific. If you want to participate in any group, please contact the individual. Others need an "aficionado" to lead. Could that be you? We've made it easy for you by coming up with a few suggestions on how to start a group, which is attached here. Contact Joe Bongiardina to volunteer. And look for more details on this new program in future issues of The Quill.
  • Garden walks w/wo camera
  • New York Review of Books discussion group
  • Day trippers
  • Small concert fans
  • Museum goers
  • Photography 

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LILAC Players (live performance group)

The LILAC PLAYERS, our staged play-reading group. convenes as a no-fee course every semester. Their  production of several original plays by Verne Vance in May 2015 was a big success.
This is a play-reading group with handheld scripts (i.e., no memorization) but with costumes and props. For more information please contact Maryann Wyner or Judie Strauss.

Past Performances:

Check the LUNCH@LLAIC Archive for more recent performances

Spring 2016:  The LILAC Players performed "Autumn Nocturne", an original one-act play written by Verne Vance and directed by Judie Strauss, on Tuesday, May 17, at Temple Shir Tikva.

Spring 2015:
On May 12 at 1 p.m. at Temple Shir Tikva the LILAC Players presented a staged reading of four short plays by LLAIC Class Leader Verne Vance. When we say "staged reading," it means you will read your roles; no need to memorize scripts.
The plays, which offer a variety of male and female roles, are about a mother with an unusual idea for celebrating a divorce; an engaged couple with conflicting ideas of how to celebrate their summer holidays; three dead playwrights exploring how to make a new hit musical from their plays; and two tramps who are still waiting for Godot.

Fall 2014: The LILAC Players, led by Judie Strauss
, performed Neil Simon's award winning play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs".  The cast reads from scripts, but with full costumes and props.

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For the latest news in extra-curricular events, check this page and our newsletter The Quill.
To view events from the past, some with pictures, go to the Extra-curricular Events Archive.

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