September 11, 2017
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Play (2012)
by Nick Payne
Directed by Scott Edmiston
Central Square Theater
September 7 – October 8, 2017
With Marianna Bassham (Marianne), Nael Nacer (Roland)

A play about the cosmic possibility of multiple outcomes, featuring a romance between a cosmologist and a beekeeper, brought to life by two of Boston’s most compelling actors.

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September 7, 2017
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Directed, Written and
Choreographed by Gypsy Snider
The 7 Fingers
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
Theater District, Boston
September 6 – 24, 2017

An exquisitely conceived, choreographed and performed piece of acrobatic theater – touched lightly with narrative – by the ever-innovative Montreal circus troupe.

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Tulip Fever

September 1, 2017
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Film (2017)
Directed by Justin Chadwick
Screenplay Tom Stoppard and
Deborah Moggach
Based on the novel by
Deborah Moggach
With Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench

A romantic drama set in The Netherlands of the mid-seventeenth century when painters were prolific and rapidly inflated tulip bulbs became worth fortunes overnight.

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August 18, 2017
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Film (2017)
Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein
With Menashe Lustig (Menashe)

A poignant, artfully done, film, almost entirely in Yiddish (with subtitles), about a young widower in a Brooklyn Hasidic community who attempts to raise his young son in spite of strong challenges from within it.

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August 15, 2017
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Musical (1996)
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime
by E. L. Doctorow
Ogunquit Playhouse
Ogunquit, ME
August 2-26, 2017

A superlative production of the musical based on the semi-historical novel by E.L. Doctorow about race relations at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Joshua Weinstein (Director), Menashe Lustig (Star) of “Menashe”

August 11, 2017
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Josh Weinstein (Director), Menashe Lustig (Star) of the film Menashe (2017)

I met with Joshua Weinstein, director, and Menashe Lustig, actor, in early May when they were in Boston to screen Menashe, one of the very few full-length narrative films in Yiddish to appear in recent years, at the Boston International Film Festival. This edited transcript is based on that interview.

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An Inconvenient Sequel:
Truth To Power

August 4, 2017
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Film (2017)
Directed by Jon Shenk and
Bonni Cohen
Featuring Al Gore

A chilling follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, the 2006 documentary featuring former Vice President Al Gore on the global warming crisis.

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Romeo and Juliet

August 1, 2017
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Play (1597)
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Allegra Libonati
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Boston Common, Boston
July 19 – August 6, 2017

A colorful, scintillating, and wonderfully acted account of the classic tale of a searingly unexpected passion and its attendant woes.

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