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CFA resumes drama at BU Theatre, 1954

After a two-decade lull, in 1954 the Boston University Theatre returned to action

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The CFA theater arts program presented its first production at the BU Theatre in 1954: Nicolas Evreinoff’s The Chief Thing. The theatre building was constructed in 1925 as America’s first civic playhouse, but beset by financial trouble, it was used mainly as a movie house in the ’30s and ’40s. BU Photo Services

Originally named the Repertory Theatre of Boston, it was built as a permanent home for the Henry Jewett Players, a Boston-based repertory company. . In October 1953, BU purchased the facility and resumed using it for theatrical productions; the Huntington Theatre Company opened its first production there in 1982. BU Photo Services