This week, Jared reviews two new plays in Boston and delves into the world of Christopher Robin with “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“Measure for Measure,” presented by ArtsEmerson at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre through October 28
One of Shakespeare’s “problem plays” receives a masterful interpretation in “Measure for Measure” collaborated on by Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre and London’s Cheek by Jowl. Directed by Declan Donnellan, this play presents a modern revamping of Shakespeare’s dark tale of power unchecked. Performed in Russian with English surtitles, the production is made extraordinarily visceral with dance, movement, and surreal imagery. “If you love theater, see this show,” say Jared, who describes “Measure for Measure” as “simmering, electric, emotional. It’s Shakespeare made vital and startling.”
“The Roommate,” presented by Lyric Stage Company through November 18
Lyric Stage Company’s latest production takes us to Iowa for a midlife renaissance in “The Roommate.” In this comedy by Jen Silverman, recent divorcee Sharon takes on a new roommate to get her life back on track. While she is tidy, timid, and straight-laced, her new roommate Robyn – a lesbian slam poet from the Bronx – is anything but. As the two bond over books, music, and marijuana, the roommates find in each other the will to transform their lives. “More than anything I appreciated the sentiment here,” says Jared of “The Roommate,” “that no matter who you are or who you’ve been, it’s never too late.”
“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through January 6
Those in need of a pleasant escape should look no further than “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the exhibition features nearly 200 works and archival materials from author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard, including the original drafts, drawings, letters, photographs and sketches that went into crafting the detailed world of Christopher Robin and his animal friends. Jared encourages museum-goers to “get delightfully lost in the Hundred Acre Wood – where all the ‘Pooh’ seeds were planted.”