Curlew River

October 23, 2021

Opera (1964)
A Parable for Church Performance, Op. 71
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by William Plomer

Enigma Chamber Opera
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
October 22-23, 2021

An intimate and wonderfully performed version of the short, allegorical liturgical opera by the great British composer.

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The Merchant of Venice

October 14, 2021

Play (1599)
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Igor Golyak

Actors’ Shakespeare Project
Boston Center for the Arts
South End, Boston
September 23 – October 17, 2021

At first, a rambunctious take-off on the Shakespearean original, contextualizing the interior drama with a heavy dose of pantomime, but ultimately tonally complex and attentive to the problematic nature of the play.

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The Tempest

August 8, 2021

Play (1611)
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Steven Maler

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Boston Common, Boston
July 21 – August 8, 2021

A beautifully rendered, trim but energetic, version of the great late Shakespeare play, expertly tailored for an outdoor pandemic crowd on Boston Common.

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In The Heights

June 10, 2021

Film, Musical (2021)
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Based on the musical stage play by Quiara Alegría Hudes and
Lin-Manuel Miranda

A hard not-to-like extravaganza about Washington Heights, Manhattan with Bollywood-type dance scenes and unexpected special effects, based on the 2008 musical by the Hamilton wiz Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Gowns and Pajamas
Watching the 2021 Virtual Golden Globes

February 28, 2021

Television, Film
February 28, 2021
By Tim Jackson

A wry look at this year’s pandemic virtual Golden Globes, strung together from a lot of different celebrity living rooms.

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February 19, 2021

Film (2021)
Written and directed by
Chloé Zhao
With Frances McDormand

An extended meditation on loss of love, work and home, and modes of survival afterwards, with a penetrating and deeply affecting lead performance by McDormand.

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Promising Young Woman

December 25, 2020

Film (2021)
Written and directed by
Emerald Fennell
With Carey Mulligan

A feminist revenge thriller about a former medical student who has lost a dear friend because of sexual abuse. Particularly worth seeing because of Mulligan’s performance.

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December 4, 2020

Film (2020)
Directed by David Fincher
Screenplay by Jack Fincher
With Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried

A dramatized bit of interesting film history about the writing of the American film classic Citizen Kane

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