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Spinning Piety and Hypocrisy Into High Comedy

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In Tartuffe, Devious Tartuffe charms his way into Orgon’s household and schemes to marry his daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family’s fortune. Orgon remains entranced despite the appalling evidence of Tartuffe’s behavior – will he see through this con man before it’s too late? Orgon’s wife Elmire, his son Damis, and his daughter Marianne must reveal Tartuffe as a charlatan before it’s too late. Molière spins religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy in this hilarious and biting satire, one of the world’s great plays.

“This production of Tartuffe is going to be everything you expect from Molière,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois, “complete with a spin on period fashion and the brilliantly comic possibilities of staging this classic play for a modern audience. Boston is going to see 2017 alive onstage within the framework of a 17th century farce, and the result will be satirical, smart, and a gut-buster.”

 

Ranjit Bolt’s translation of Tartuffe premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2002. Many English translations of Tartuffe discard the rhyming couplets, but Bolt’s translation remains faithful to the way Molière wrote the French verse. For Bolt, verse provides a vehicle for examining the ridiculous; his imaginative use of language contrasts with the formal structure of the verse to create an explosively witty text. Audiences can use verse to “escape through anarchy into a surreal world,” Bolt says. “The joy of the verse is the contrast between the discipline of the form and the ludicrous nature of what’s being described.”

 

DuBois chose the Bolt translation because he thought it captured the energy necessary for his direction: free and loose while still clever and sophisticated. “I knew I wanted a translation that sang in the mouths of actors — that had rhythm and speed,” DuBois says. “Bolt’s translation reads well, but it sounds even better. He captures everything that is joyful and fun about rhyming verse across languages, never becoming rigid or stuffy.”

 

The Huntington Theatre Company presents Tartuffe through December 10 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. For more information, click HERE.

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“Ripped From the Headlines”

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Dead Man Walking is an opera “ripped from the headlines.” Sister Helen Prejean’s experience as the spiritual advisor and witness to the execution of two convicted murderers led her to a career in prisoner advocacy and capital punishment reform. Her book was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Written in 2000, the opera has been performed extensively. Powerful, brutal, and at times harrowing, Dead Man Walking is certainly an indictment of capital punishment, but most importantly, it is a story of redemption. Sister Helen leads Joseph DeRocher on the uphill journey to admitting what he has done and asking for forgiveness before he dies. Joseph’s terrible crime and the punishment he receives for it irrevocably changes Sister Helen’s life and ministry, as well as the lives of the parents of the victims, his own family, the employees of the prison, and the other nuns within Sister Helen’s order. Sung in English with supertitles. Music by Jake Heggie Libretto by Terrence McNally Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ Conducted by Andrew Altenbach Directed by Johnathon Pape

 

The Berklee College of Music at Boston Conservatory Theater presents Dead Man Walking Nov 16-19. For more information, click HERE

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Saints Sluts Sirens

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Archetypes are the threads that bind us together through all of humanity. The universality of the Hero, the Victim, the Healer, the Slut, the Mother, etc…exist in every society.

SAINTS SLUTS SIRENS: Archetypes of the Feminine explores the various archetypes of the feminine at The Uncharted Gallery Nov. 17 through Dec 2. OPENING RECEPTION Friday 11/17/17 6-9PM

 

 

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Global Arts, Eats & Beats

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On Nov. 17, CIC presents Global Arts, Eats & Beats, a celebration of creativity and culture from around the world, from ancient to modern times. Experience unique traditions across continents through art, food, and music. This launch event celebrates the creative roots of Latin American culture.

 

What to expect:

 

ARTS:

Mayan artists from the Guatemala Art and Culture Connection

Colombian artwork from Fresco Exchange muralists

Maker station creating laser-cut luminaries to take away

Live artist talks and Q & A

 

EATS:

Coffee tastings from beantrust

Delicious drinks from Latin America and mocktail station

Cacao Circle (Warm delicious hot chocolate, traditionally prepared and served, $5.00 to cover our cost for the Cacao)

 

MUSIC

Live music from Ten Tumbao, Latin-inspired dance music, and jazz

Salsa lesson from Jennifer Earls

 

Schedule of Events:

4pm - Coffee Tasting, Latin Food Offering, and Cocktails & Mocktail Station

4:30pm - Cacao Ceremony $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the Cacao, (paid on site)

5pm - Artist Talks and Stories about the region

6:30pm - Music & Salsa lesson

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The Color Purple Comes to the Shubert

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Based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, the revival of The Color Purple opened to great acclaim in summer 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, followed by a Broadway bow on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The Color Purple went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®. The Color Purple played 483 performances on Broadway, closing on January 8, 2017.

And now it’s coming to Boston, playing at the Shubert Theatre Nov. 21-Dec 3.

Cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival lead the touring company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical – National Tour) as Sofia.

They will be joined by Gavin Gregory (The Color Purple - Revival, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) as Mister, N’Jameh Camara (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation) as Nettie, J. Daughtry (The Color Purple - Revival, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Harpo, along with Darnell Abraham, Amar Atkins, Kyle E. Baird, Angela Birchett, Jared Dixon, Erica Durham, Bianca Horn, Gabrielle Reid, C.E. Smith, Clyde Voce, Nyla Watson, J.D. Webster, Brit West, Nikisha Williams and Michael Wordly.

For more information, please visit ColorPurple.com

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Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable

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Edinburgh, 1828. The city’s world-renowned anatomy schools suffer from a cadaver shortage. Two industrious men—William Burke and William Hare—find lucrative work by murdering disenfranchised citizens and selling their corpses to Dr. Knox’s academy. Brutally funny and highly theatrical, irreverent and fast-paced, this chamber opera is based on real events.

 

The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, music by Julian Grant and libretto by Mark Campbell, has its world premiere with Boston Lyric Opera Nov 8-12. For more information, click HERE.

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A Christmas Story, The Musical

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A Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams.  Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A Christmas Story has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.  The musical was nominated for three Tony® Awards including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

 

A Christmas Story, The Musical is at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Nov. 9-12. Tickets are $40, $55, $65 and $75. Contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.

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The State of Siege at ArtsEmerson

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The State of Siege is set to take the country by storm this fall on its first visit to the United States. The rarely staged work, penned in 1948, weaves a tale of paranoia, endurance and political struggle resulting in a dizzying modern metaphor. With a renowned ensemble working on an epic scale, The State of Siege (L’État de siège) explores how art can serve as a way to process – and to resist – human atrocities. What role can art play in the face of peril? Faced with imminent danger, can the human spirit remain focused on the beauty of life?

 “We’re eager for Boston audiences to see the work of Théâtre de la Ville and Emmanuel DemarcyMota,” shares David Dower, Co-Artistic Director for ArtsEmerson. “Though there have been two highly acclaimed U.S. tours for the company in recent years, with Ionesco's Rhinocerous and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, The State of Siege will be the first Boston appearance by one of the world’s most important progressive theatre companies. It showcases this contemporary French company's style, and I believe it will both excite and astound Boston theatre audiences with its epic theatrical force.”

“Camus set the play in Spain, early in the era of Generalissimo Franco,” says P. Carl, Co-Artisitc Director for ArtsEmerson. “Audiences will immediately understand what has prompted Théâtre de la Ville to stage it now. The central battle between fear and love is, of course, timeless, but the resonance between Camus' response to the culture and compromises that gave rise to Franco and the current political climate both in Europe and in the U.S., is a shock.”

 

 

ArtsEmerson welcomes The State of Siege, written by Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, November 9-11, 2017 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Tickets start at just $20 and may be purchased online at www.ArtsEmerson.org, by phone at 617.824.8400, or in person at the box office

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Art Inspired by Films

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Conceptual artist Annette Lemieux (born 1957) is the recipient of the Museum of Fine Art’s 2017 Maud Morgan Prize, a biennial award honoring a Massachusetts woman artist who has made significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape. This special solo exhibition debuts a new body of work, inspired by films Lemieux felt an affinity for as a child growing up in small-town America: François Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940) and Fritz Lang’s M (1931). While they are over half a century old, the issues broached by these classic motion pictures—including repression, censorship, racism and classism—continue to resonate in today’s political climate. Extracting select elements from each film’s mise en scène—its environment, ambiance and visual mode of storytelling—Lemieux recomposes familiar images from cinematic history into stand-alone objects, counteracting today’s incessant acts of rewinding and repeating. In addition to the new works, the exhibition also showcases five prints from the artist’s Censor Portfolio (1994), drawn from the MFA’s collection.

 

Annette Lemieux: Mise en Scène is on exhibit at the MFA through March 4, 2018.

 

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HTC Presents Robyn is Happy

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What happens when what you want for your friends isn’t what they want for themselves? In Robyn is Happy, lifelong pals Robyn, Trudy and Hannah’s friendship is put to the ultimate test when Robyn falls in love with an unlikely suitor. Hannah and Trudy are convinced that Robyn has made a horrible choice that could ruin her life and, as friends since grade school, they decide it's their duty to intervene. What could possibly go wrong? With biting one-liners, escalating confrontations and a wildly unpredictable climax, this savagely funny new comedy is a little bit Sex and the City, a little bit Titus Andronicus.

 

Local favorite Kelly Smith directs three of Boston’s funniest actresses Christine Dickinson, Lauren Elias and Amie Lytle in this provocatively entertaining play that inspires us to expect and accept the unexpected.

 

Michael Elyanow, originally from Massachusetts, is the author of more than twenty plays, screenplays and television scripts including Banging Ann Coulter (2004) and Game/Over (2009), both finalists for the Heideman Award.  Other plays include The Children, Lullaby and 12 Volt Heart (co-written with Jeremy B. Cohen). Robyn is Happy was previously workshopped at Hartford Stage Company’s Brand: NEW Festival of Plays in 2010 and his play Lullaby was workshopped at Boston’s Lyric Stage. He has taught screenwriting, TV writing and playwriting at Northwestern University and Emerson and Carlton Colleges.

Robyn is Happy by Michael Elyanow, directed by Kelly Smith, presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston through Saturday, November 11, at First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Back Bay, Boston. . In the interest of cultivating a diverse audience and breaking down barriers between audience and art, all tickets to all performances are Pay-What-You-Can. For tickets and information please visit www.hubtheatreboston.org

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