Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Kathleen Turner And The Rockettes

By Jared Bowen

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Dec. 9, 2011

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Kathleen Turner stars in "High," a play she helped develop. (Lanny Nagler/Cutler Majestic)


BOSTON — This week's arts round-up has two themes: sparkly festive cheer and... addiction. WGBH News authorizes no conclusions about the nature of the holiday season. 

"High," starring Kathleen Turner
Cutler Majestic Theatre
Through Dec. 11

A playwright explores his own history of addiction in this play that stars Kathleen Turner as a nun — in a part written for her. Watch Jared’s interview with Turner in which she discusses her own brush with addiction.
 
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Through Dec. 28

Some people criticize the big, lavish production with canned music, but anyone with a soft spot for nostalgia will consider it — as Jared does — schmaltzy but fun. New music, new costumes and a 50-foot LED screen are the highlights this year, along with the Rockettes’ classic Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.
 
“Shame“
In theaters Dec. 9

This NC-17–rated film with Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan explores the darkest corners of sex addiction. Difficult to watch but an elegantly done psychological study.
 
“New Year’s Eve”
In theaters Dec. 9

Doing a 180… this irresistible ensemble flick with lots of stars is light, fluffy and made Jared happier than, and we quote, "a rum-soaked eggnog bender." Stay through the end credits.



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