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Arts This Week: Machine de Cirque, Regular Singing, Significant Other, The Dressmaker

Jared's arts picks for this week: Machine de Cirque (top left), Regular Singing (top right), Significant Other (bottom left), The Dressmaker (bottom right)

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

Machine de Cirque, presented by Arts Emerson at the Paramount Theatre through October 2

The men of "Machine de Cirque" perform acrobatic feats on the teeterboard

ArtsEmerson's Synopsis: "Machine de Cirque, a new Quebec City circus company, presents a show for all audiences that is wildly acrobatic, poetic and humorous. Sometimes comical, sometimes nostalgic, these wacky characters masterfully manipulate various props such as a teeterboard, juggling clubs, drum kits, and even bath towels. They do not hesitate to reveal themselves -- ready to scour their souls as well as their bodies -- to make you laugh, to move you, and especially to dazzle you. This show will make you stand up and cheer for humanity."

Jared Says: "This is intoxicatingly euphoric... There's everything here: The great acrobatic feats, the comedy, the sincerity, and terrific music!"

Regular Singingpresented by the New Repertory Theatre through September 25

Cast of "Regular Singing" at the New Repertory Theatre
Andrew Brilliant | Brilliant Pictures

New Repertory Theatre's Synopsis: "On the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the Apple family gathers to celebrate the life of an ailing relative: talking, eating, laughing, and singing. This slice-of-life snapshot shows how our family histories can intersect with the history of our country. Featuring the same cast of Boston-area favorites that audiences have adored in the first three Apple Family plays, Regular Singing is the triumphant conclusion to Richard Nelson’s American epic."

Jared Says: "The fabulous part of this is that the same team of actors have gathered together for each of these four plays... You kind of feel like you're just stepping into a river, and then you're just floating away with them... I can't recommend this one strongly enough."

Significant Other, presented by the SpeakEasy Stage Company through October 8

Greg Maraio stars as Jordan in the SpeakEasy Stage production of "Significant Other"
Justin Saglio

SpeakEasy Stage Company's Synopsis: "From Joshua Harmon, author of the hit play Bad Jews, comes a sharply observed new comedy about of the challenges of finding love and letting go. Jordan Berman and BFFs Kiki, Lauren, and Vanessa have been inseparable up until now; but as singles’ nights become bachelorette parties, Jordan learns that the only thing harder than looking for love is supporting the loved ones around you."

Significant Other will run for five weeks, from September 9 through October 8, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Jared Says: "This is just fun!"

The Dressmakerin theaters now!

Liam Hemsworth as Teddy McSwiney (left) and Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage (right) star in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s "The Dressmaker"
Ben King | Broad Green Pictures | Amazon Studios

Synopsis: Dressmaker Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to her hometown in Australia to discover the truth behind her reputation. Dunnage, who cares for her eccentric mother (Judy Davis), makes plans with the local sergeant (Hugo Weaving), and falls for a local farmer (Liam Hemsworth). As she begins to learn the truth about her past, she creates beautiful dresses for the town’s women. 

Jared Says: "It's very very quirky, but very very engaging." 

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