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Just because you’re not visiting New York City, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some world-class live theatre. Boston’s thriving performing arts scene impresses a wide range of audiences night after night with outstanding talent and historic venues. Since Boston’s theatre scene isn’t confined to one central district, we’ve created a short list of three Boston theater companies to see.

Huntington Theatre Company

Head over to Back Bay — one of Boston’s loveliest neighborhoods — to catch a Huntington Theatre Company show at elegant Calderwood Pavillion. One of the leading theatre companies in Boston, Huntington produces shows with some of the most talented performers and creatives in the industry. Huntington won a 2013 regional Tony Award and has since maintained an excellent reputation in the New England theatre scene. The Huntington Theatre Company closed its 2014 season with Awake and Sing, the critically acclaimed play about a struggling New York family working toward a better life.

Learn more: www.huntingtontheatre.org / @huntington

Speakeasy Stage

Speakeasy Stage stands alongside Huntington as one of the most distinguished theatre companies in the city. Gearing its productions toward socially relevant subject matter, Speakeasy brings a conversational and thought-provoking attitude to the stage that’s difficult to find elsewhere. In the past, Speakeasy has produced shows like The Color Purple and Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind. This spring, audience members can look forward to Big Fish — a classic story previously adapted into a Tim Burton film.

Learn more: www.speakeasystage.com / @SpeakEasyStage

ArtsEmerson

Emerson College has one of the best theatre programs, relying on talent cultivated locally. ArtsEmerson takes its productions far beyond the amateur level. Taking advantage of the school’s prime venues — The Paramount Center & Cutler Majestic Theatre — in Downtown Boston, ArtsEmerson produces some of the country’s most masterful plays. Working with companies and artists from around the world, ArtsEmerson is one of Boston’s most precious theatrical resources.

Learn more: www.artsemerson.org / @ArtsEmerson