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Arts This Week: 'She Loves Me,' 'Leonardo da Vinci,' 'Annette Lemieux: Mise en Scène'

The cast of "She Loves Me."
Maggie Hall Photography, courtesy of Greater Boston Stage Company

This week, Jared Bowen shares excerpts from his conversations with artist Annette Lemieux, the cast of "She Loves Me," and Walter Isaacson, author of a new biography on Leonardo da Vinci.

"She Loves Me," presented by Greater Boston Stage Company through Dec. 23

Aimee Doherty plays Ilona in "She Loves Me."
Maggie Hall Photography, courtesy of Greater Boston Stage Company

A show Jared describes as "a tender little tale to bolster all the lonely hearts this season," "She Loves Me" is the story of two shop clerks who fall in love as anonymous pen pals, despite being at odds with each other in their daily lives. Will true love conquer all? Ilyse Robbins directs and choreographs this feel-good musical headlined by an effervescent Jennifer Ellis and an endearing Sam Simahk.

"Leonardo da Vinci," a new biography by Walter Isaacson in stores now

A self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.
DEA/A. DAGLI ORTI/Contributor/De Agostini/Getty Images, courtesy of Simon & Schuster

The author of bestsellers "Steve Jobs," "Einstein," and "Benjamin Franklin" has turned his attention to a fellow genius. "Leonardo da Vinci" by Walter Isaacson portrays the famed artist in a new light, highlighting his colorful personality, relentless curiosity, and passion for the arts and sciences. Referencing thousands of pages of Leonardo's own notes, this biography paints an impressive picture of an artist who "would surely be at the cultural apotheosis today," said Jared. "I think he's peerless, even among the most outstanding figures walking the planet right now."

"Annette Lemieux: Mise en Scène," on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through March 4, 2018

"Area of Refuge" by Annette Lemieux.
Courtesy of the artist and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has a new solo exhibition by 2017 Maud Morgan Prize winner Annette Lemieux. Inspired by imagery from the artist's childhood, "Annette Lemieux: Mise en Scène" features re-imagined imagery from such films as "Fahrenheit 451," Fritz Lang’s "M," "The Great Dictator," and "To Kill a Mockingbird"; addressing darker themes of safe havens, kidnappings, surveillance and murder. Jared says that Lemieux "isolates the cultural imagery that is part of us until it haunts us."

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