The Favourite

November 30, 2018
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Film (2018)
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
With Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone

A bawdy, wonderfully nasty period piece about two power-seeking women who stop at nothing to go up against one another.

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Man In The Ring

November 28, 2018
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Play (2018)
by Michael Cristofer
Directed by Michael Greif
Huntington Theatre Company
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
November 16 – December 22, 2018

A superb production of a play about the life of Emile Griffith, a middleweight boxing champion who was, among other things, gay.

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Fun Home

October 25, 2018
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Musical (2013)
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by
Alison Bechdel
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by Matthew Stern
Speakeasy Stage Company
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
October 19 – November 24, 2018

A nicely produced version of the Broadway hit based on a graphic novel about growing up gay in a household with a gay father who is in a heterosexual marriage.

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October 19, 2018
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Play (1606)
by William Shakespeare
In a Modern Verse Translation
by Migdalia Cruz
Directed by Dawn M. Simmons
Actors’ Shakespeare Project
The United Parish in Brookline
Brookline, MA
September 26 – November 11, 2018
With Nael Nacer as Macbeth

An excellent production of a nicely “translated” version of the great Scottish tragedy about a leader who just could not keep his ego in check.

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The Barber of Seville

October 12, 2018
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Opera (1816)
Music by Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Conductor: David Angus
Boston Lyric Opera
Cutler-Majestic Theater
Theater district, Boston
October 12-21, 2018

A lively, nicely designed, very entertaining rendition of the opera buffa about the clever barber Figaro and his clientele.

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October 11, 2018
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Play (2009)
by Bill Cain
Directed by Christopher V. Edwards
Actors’ Shakespeare Project
The Sanctuary at The United Parish in Brookline
210 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA
October 11 – November 10, 2018

A dramatically detailed speculation on the genesis of the writing of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, playing in repertory with the Scottish tragedy itself, making use of much of the same masterful cast.

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The Niceties

September 27, 2018
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Play (2018)
by Eleanor Burgess
World Premiere
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Huntington Theatre Company
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
August 31 – October 6, 2018

A searing two-woman university drama pitting an African-American student against her middle-aged white English professor.

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Between Riverside and Crazy

September 21, 2018
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Play (2014)
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
Speakeasy Stage Company
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
September 14 – October 13, 2018

A tragicomedy about an African-American off-duty cop in New York, wounded by a white cop, being pressured into accepting a financial settlement in exchange for withdrawing charges.

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