This week, WGBH News' Arts Editor Jared Bowen reviews the best original theater on Broadway and sits down with actor Brian Cox to discuss his latest film, "Churchill."

"Come From Away"presented at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway

The cast of "Come From Away."
Matthew Murphy

Synopsis: On 9/11, 38 planes and more than 6,500 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of the small town. Written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, "Come From Away" explores the story of stranded passengers and the small town that took them in. Despite clashing cultures and high tensions, trust and friendship prevailed. 

Jared Says: "In an era of widespread strife, this will restore your faith in humankind."

"War Paint"presented at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole in "War Paint."
Joan Marcus

War Paint's Synopsis: "Two-time Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole join forces to portray the trailblazing cosmetic icons who built empires in a business world ruled by men. From the creators of Grey Gardens and the director of Rent and Next to Normal, WAR PAINT tells the remarkable story of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden—fierce rivals who defined 20th Century beauty. In creating an industry, they reinvented themselves and revolutionized how the world saw women."

Jared Says: "LuPone and Ebersole are riveting as the towering titans of the beauty industry."

"A Doll's House, Part 2"presented at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway through July 23

Chris Cooper and Laurie Metcalf in a scene from "A Doll's House, Part 2."
Brigitte Lacombe

A Doll's House, Part 2's Synopsis: "In the final scene of Ibsen's 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In "A Doll’s House, Part 2," many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why?"

Jared Says: "A funny, clever, critical, compelling extension of Nora's story. It's doubtful you'll find a more gifted cast."

"Churchill"In theaters June 2

Brian Cox stars as Winston Churchill in "Churchill."
Graeme Hunter PIctures Glasgow UK

Cohen Media Group's Synopsis: "Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the unflappable Clementine Churchill. With her strength and shrewdness, "Clemmie" halts Winston's physical, mental and spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness."

Jared Says: "Cox delivers a complex Churchill: The figure we know, but with the frailty, insolence and flaws we know less."

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