This week, Jared gets the scoop on “Bedlam’s Pygmalion” from artistic director and actor Eric Tucker. Plus, Tabitha Soren on her new exhibition at the Davis Museum.

“Bedlam’s Pygmalion,” presented by Central Square Theater through March 3.

Bedlam's Pygmalion
Vaishnavi Sharma as Eliza Doolittle and Eric Tucker as Professor Henry Higgins in "Bedlam's Pygmalion"
Nile Scott Studios, courtesy of Central Square Theater

Bedlam is back at Central Square Theater! The New York-based theater company stages a fresh adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” The play tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a brash flower maid who, in the eyes of Professor Henry Higgins, is ripe for a linguistics makeover. Vaishnavi Sharma stars as Eliza in this fresh and pared-down interpretation of the play, which adds an immigrant story to her iconic character.

“When she opens her mouth at the very top of the play, you can't hear Audrey Hepburn or Julie Andrews or anyone else,” says Bedlam’s artistic director, Eric Tucker, who also stars as Professor Higgins in this production. “You're sort of immediately sitting forward and saying, ‘Oh, this is not going to be what I thought.’”

“Tucker’s team ensures that Shaw’s revolutionary Pygmalion stays strikingly modern,” says Jared. “The Bedlam interpretation is so inspired and genuine, it’s in a realm all its own.”

“Tabitha Soren: Surface Tension,” on view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College through June 9.

Tabitha Soren: Surface Tension
Tabitha Soren
courtesy of the Davis Museum

A new exhibition by journalist-turned-photographer Tabitha Soren examines how we interact with our digital devices. In “Tabitha Soren: Surface Tension,” the artist takes personal and web-sourced images and captures them on her iPad screen with an 8x10 camera. The resulting photograph captures not only the sourced picture, but the smudges and stains that tell the story of how we interact with these images.

“I feel like that is a representation of our humanity that's in direct conflict with these perfectly designed, oleophobic, oil resistant and perfectly smooth devices,” says Soren. “I feel like there is a clash between man and machine in the grime.”

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