Water main break forces show cancellations at Charles Playhouse

Dan Watson, a backhoe operator, inspected a hole created by a water main break Sunday morning in Boston.
Dan Watson, a backhoe operator, inspected a hole created by a water main break Sunday morning in Boston.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston G lobe

A water main break Sunday on Warrenton Street created a sinkhole near the Charles Playhouse that sent fire and sewer officials scrambling to make repairs and forced several show cancellations.

The break was reported about 11:30 a.m., and it took more than an hour for workers to shut off the water, said Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department.

The break occurred in an 8-inch pipe near a bend where Warrenton Street turns toward Stuart Street in Bay Village.

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Water spewed through the asphalt roadway in several locations, MacDonald said, but none of it spilled into buildings.

The rupture reduced water pressure to the nearby Charles Playhouse, causing theater officials to cancel a 2 p.m. showing of the Blue Man Group and a 3 p.m. “Shear Madness’’ production, according to MacDonald.

Ann Sheehan, a Playhouse spokeswoman, said evening performances were canceled as well.

“Patrons should return to their point of purchase for a refund or to exchange into another performance,” Sheehan said in an e-mail.

The flow of water created a sinkhole that MacDonald said was about 4-feet by 4-feet in size.

Water and Sewer Commission officials were working on a plan Sunday to replace the pipe.

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