Director Lillian Groag chose one of Puccini’s most compelling works to open the 2012/13 Season. The performance is full of passion and takes a brand new look at one of the most devastating love stories ever told on the stage. The geisha's tragic story is beautifully sung and the staging features some new design elements that punctuate the production in new and poignant way.
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. This is the best Bond film in years, absolutely excellent from beginning to end. Craig has finally settled comfortably into the role, fitting as well as he does in his Tom Ford suits, and Javier Bardem as the film's villian is just phenomenal.
To some degree, Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln", starring Daniel Day-Lewis, gets a start by plodding along—it is very methodical and deliberate. But as Day-Lewis becomes the man facing a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, the film grows to be more and more engaging, with a perfectly stunning end.
By Jared Bowen | Thursday, November 15, 2012
October 25, 2012
Helen Hunt as Cheryl in The Sessions. (Fox Searchlight)
BOSTON — In The Sessions, a new film based on the true story of Dorchester-native Mark O’Brien, stricken with polio since childhood, embarks on a quest for something he’s longed for much of his life—sex. Behind the scenes, filming it wasn’t an easy process.
O’Brien, played by John Hawkes, was largely confined to an iron lung, but at age 38, having never had a sexual encounter, he elects to lose his virginity with a sexual surrogate, played by Helen Hunt. Their meeting gets off to a bumpy start.
“Although the aim is for us to have sex, I’m not a prostitute,” Hunt says in the film. “You don’t have to pay me up front. I have nothing against prostitutes. There’s a difference but we can talk about that later.” Read More
Ethel Kennedy at the JFK Library and Museum (Greater Boston/WGBH)
BOSTON —Ethel Kennedy has not granted an extended interview in decades. Last year, she made one exception and sat down with her Emmy-winning filmmaker daughter, Rory. The result is a new documentary film called Ethel, which debuted this week on HBO.
Asked by HBO to shoot a documentary about her mother Ethel, filmmaker Rory Kennedy expected her mother would answer with a resounding “No”.
“And then she said yes,” Kennedy said. “I think in part because I had asked her. But in any case she said yes and I’m really happy that she did because even though I was resistant to telling this story, mostly for personal reasons, I do feel that it’s important to be out in the world. [My mother’s] life has really been on the front lines of the most important historical events of the 20th century.” Read More
By Jared Bowen | Thursday, October 11, 2012
Company One Artistic Director and co-founder Shawn LaCount is reliable on two counts. He is always well capped in what's become his trademark hats and his theater company will always take audiences in fresh and uncharted directions. As a director this summer, he turned the Roberts Studio at the BCA into a real wrestling ring for his intensely sharp "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity."
Later this month he directs the regional premiere of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which starred Robin Williams on Broadway last year. Here he's Caught in the Act with Jared Bowen talking about what propels him…including "Little Shop of Horrors."
About the Author
Jared Bowen Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts.