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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the BU Theatre through October 5th.

In this not-to-miss adaptation of the 1967 film that starred Sidney Poitier, we see Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman join Malcolm-Jamal Warner to revisit the story today of race in America. It's the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston’s 33rd season. Adapted for the stage from William Rose’s Academy Award-winning screenplay, we see a young, idealistic, and very much in love Joanna surprise her liberal, white parents when she brings John, her African-American fiancé home to meet them. When John’s parents also arrive for dinner, both sets of parents must confront their own unexpected reactions and concerns for their children as their beliefs are put to the test.

When I spoke with Warner, he told me why it's so important to do this play now. “Despite what some people believe we are not in a post-racial America. And because interracial relationships have always been in existence and you know, that’s true for today. What we get a chance to do on stage is tackle the subject matter with some, you know, real emotional responses that they didn’t get a chance to do in 1967 because of the racial climate," he said.

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Plays at the Lyric Stage Company through October 11th.

Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical thriller blends his characteristic wit with a sweeping and hauntingly beautiful score, grisly humor, and chilling drama. Set against the backdrop of the shadowy back alleys and side streets of 19th-century London, the musical follows disgraced barber Sweeney Todd on his quest for vengeance after years of unjust imprisonment and exile. With the aid of Mrs. Lovett, the proprietor of failing pie shop, Sweeney sets out to avenge the terrible wrongs done to him and his family.

The Poets' Theater, The revived company presents Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood at Sanders Theatre Sunday, September 14th at 7pm.

The team plans to inaugurate the new era with a staged reading of Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” – the work that had its first reading by the poet himself in 1953, an event that was instrumental in launching The Poets’ Theatre sixty years ago. The reading at Sanders Theatre will feature Cherry Jones, Alvin Epstein, Benjamin Evett, Christopher Lydon, Karen MacDonald, and Thomas Derrah. The Poets’ Theatre was founded in 1950 by such literary luminaries as Dylan Thomas, Mary Manning, Edward Gorey, and Thornton Wilder.

The Drop, In theaters Friday.

This great new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, is a terrific break-out performance for star Tom Hardy, playing the lonely bartender Bob Saginowski through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv, Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

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