A Doll’s House

January 12, 2017
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Play (1879)
by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
Directed by Melia Bensussen
Huntington Theatre Company
Boston University Theater
Symphony Hall area
January 6 – February 5, 2017

A tautly directed and powerfully staged rendition of the Ibsen classic, in a recent translation and adaptation by a British feminist playwright.

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Hand To God

January 8, 2017
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Play (2011)
by Robert Askins
Directed by David R. Gammons
Speakeasy Stage Company
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
January 6 – February 4, 2017

A wackily unleashed improvisation on what happens when, as part of what is meant to be a disciplined church puppet program in central Texas, the puppets begin to think and speak for themselves.

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La La Land

December 16, 2016
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Film (2016)
Written and directed by
Damien Chazelle
With Emma Stone and
Ryan Gosling

A delightfully offbeat and engaging film musical about the relationship between two young not-yet-discovered artists – a jazz pianist and an actress – in Los Angeles.

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Fiddler on the Roof

December 6, 2016
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Musical (1964)
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Music direction by F. Wade Russo
Choreography by Kelli Edwards
New Repertory Theater
Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
December 2, 2016 – January 11, 2017

A terrific, kick-ass production of the fifty-two year old classic based on stories by Sholem Aleichem.

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Mifune: The Last Samurai

December 2, 2016
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Film (2016)
Directed by Steven Okazaki

Kendall Square Cinema
A beautifully made chronological treatment of the career of the great Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune.

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Bedroom Farce

November 17, 2016
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Play (1975)
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Maria Aitken
Huntington Theatre Company
Boston University Theater
Symphony Hall area, Boston
November 11 – December 11, 2016

A delightfully silly British comedy set simultaneously in three bedrooms in different homes.

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Mala

November 15, 2016
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Play (2016)
Written and performed by
Melinda Lopez
Directed by David Dower
ArtsEmerson
Liebergott Black Box
Paramount Theater
Theater district, Boston
October 27 – November 20, 2016

A collage-like one-woman play inspired by the deaths of the playwright-actor’s parents.

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The Scottsboro Boys

October 23, 2016
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Musical (2010)
Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Music Direction by Matthew Stern
Choreography by Ilyse Robbins
Speakeasy Stage Company
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
October 21 – November 26, 2016

A minstrel-show telling of the tragic story of nine black men unlawfully convicted of rape in Alabama in the 1930s.

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