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Room & Board & Opera

A revival of 

A two night only comedy opera pop up performance in our local Room & Board furniture showroom at downtown Newbury street showcasing Naomi in the Living Room and The Italian Lesson. These two shows will take you on a journey through the lives of two women, each with their own unique stories, relationships, and intriguing personalities. In standard BOC fashion, you'll be close to the action at the chic and cozy Room&Board showroom, with food and drink kicking off the night.

This show contains adult content and language


Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 7:30 pm

This performance is generously supported by

Ann Welch


Friday, January 26, 2024 | 7:30 pm


This performance is generously supported by

Susan W. Jacobs






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Food and drinks are Included with the price of your ticket

$35 General Admission
$30 Senior Tickets
$18 Student Tickets

Room&Board & Opera

375 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115


Naomi in the Living Room by Jonathan Bailey Holland

Jonathan Bailey Holland's brilliantly outrageous and hilarious comedy, features one of the most unforgettable heroines of the operatic stage, based on the play by Christopher Durang, Joining Naomi at home is her hapless son, John, and his long-suffering wife, Johnna, who have come for their weekly and torturous visit. Not recommended for children; adult content and language.


The Italian Lesson by Lee Hoiby

A witty, elegant, and sophisticated comedy based on the sparkling monologue by the famed Ruth Draper, one of the most well-known and successful author-performers of her day.  Mrs. Clancy, an over-scheduled socialite, mother, and wife, struggles to contain the normal chaos of her day while attempting to delve into Dante's The Divine Comedy with the help of her patient Italian teacher. Needless to say, she doesn't get very far.

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Shmopera's review of the 2019 performance of Room & Board & Opera

"Of all of these experimentations, however, the last place I would have ever expected a series of three short operas, staged was a furniture store.
The singer-actors that ran around the second floor of Room & Board were more than up to the acting challenge that performing so close to the audience came with: they had almost no room to hide, and the singers all met the demands of the work without sacrificing anything in the beauty of tone.

This was an evening of opera at its finest, with plenty of both human drama and comedy to spare. It is yet another testament to the success of attempting to perform operas in unconventional spaces that has overtaken the city’s opera scene, and I can’t wait to see what companies like Boston Opera Collaborative do with such spaces in the future."


CAST: Naomi in the Living Room

CAST: The Italian Lesson



Public Transportation

Take the Green Line or the No. 1 bus to Hynes Convention Center. 


The closest parking garage is the Hynes Auditorium Garage, at 50 Dalton Street. There are also metered spots around the area on Mass Ave and Newbury Street.

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