Given our hectic schedules, “dinner and a show” can sound like a prehistoric notion—like we’re pining for the days of rotary phones and two-martini lunches. But with its new Studio Supper series, On the Boards has reinvigorated the preshow meal, inviting patrons to come early for a family-style dinner prepared by a big-deal local chef: Cormac Mahoney. Maria Hines. Ethan Stowell. Perfect strangers gather around two tables that seat 25 each, drinking wine and talking culture as OtB staffers spoon chicken sausage and perfectly poached sturgeon onto plates. You pay what you can afford on a sliding scale from $25–$100, with a portion of proceeds supporting local charities. 

For the next Studio Supper, Hines cooks up an appetizer to the world premiere of Fire, a multimedia performance by Catherine Cabeen and Company. The local choreographer and former Bill T. Jones dancer derives inspiration from visual art—her latest evokes the mosaic installations of New Realist artist Niki de Saint Phalle—and in tandem with Hines’s creation, fills body, mind, and soul. 


Catherine Cabeen and Company: Fire
Jan 17–20 (dinner Jan 17 with Maria Hines),
On the Boards, $20 (show only)

She She Pop and Their Fathers: Testament
Jan 31–Feb 3 (dinner Jan 31 with Ethan Stowell), On the Boards, $25 (show only)