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Arts This Week | May 10, 2018

Arts This Week: 'Paddington Comes to America,' 'Brokelahomo!' 'Angels in America,' 'Three Tall Women'

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An Illustration of Paddington Bear by R.W. Alley
Courtesy, Eric Carle Museum
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Arts This Week | May 10, 2018

This week, Jared tours an exhibition on Paddington Bear and gives his take on Gold Dust Orphans' "Brokelahomo!" Then, it's off to Broadway for a breakdown of two Tony-nominated plays: "Angels in America" and "Three Tall Women."

"Paddington Comes to America," on view at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art through October 7

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An illustration of Paddington Bear by R.W. Alley
Courtesy of the artist and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The bear from "Darkest Peru" makes his American museum debut at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Michael Bond's "A Bear Called Paddington," "Paddington Comes to America" chronicles the evolution of the beloved children's book character Paddington Bear, through the original artwork from the series' various illustrators. Guests are encouraged to explore mock-ups of Paddington's favorite sites in London as they discover the heart and humor of this endearing character. "In this time of turmoil and doubt," says Jared, "it’s quite wonderful to spend a visit communing with an old friend whose only agenda is to be kind and well-meaning, and who’s been lovingly and artfully looked after."

"Brokelahomo!" Presented by the Gold Dust Orphans at Machine Nightclub through May 27

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Ryan Landry stars as Vienna Walsh in "Brokelahomo!"
Michael von Redlich, courtesy of the Gold Dust Orphans

Leave it to Landry to turn a mashup of "Brokeback Mountain," "Destry Rides Again," and "Oklahoma!" into a theatrical spectacle with "Brokelahomo!" Set in the titular town of outlaw gays who are determined to keep "breeders" from gentrifying their community, this musical comedy by the Gold Dust Orphans features Ryan Landry and company at their best and brightest. "The orphans truly hit their stride on this ride," says Jared. " They may be among the littlest troupes on the prairie, but here again they demonstrate why their might is manifest. Humor from whip smart satire to raucous and raunch ... The show biz glitz is so big it’s barely contained. And most importantly the troupe so committed, so endearing and earnest, that you’re all in it together."

"Angels in America," presented on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre through July 15

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Nathan Lane plays Roy Cohn in "Angels in America"
Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

Tony Kushner's masterwork gets a critically acclaimed revival in the National Theatre's production of "Angels in America." This seven-and-a-half hour event takes place in the 1980s, when the AIDS crisis is ripping through New York City. Nominated for 11 Tony awards including for best actor (Andrew Garfield), best featured actor (Nathan Lane), best featured actress (Denise Gough) and best direction (Marianne Elliot), Jared says "Angels in America" is "a profound prism through which to see our world today. From the micro level, watching gloriously inhabited characters confront life-altering circumstances, to the macro, as they make their way through a world seemingly tumbling down around them."

"Three Tall Women," presented on Broadway at the Golden Theatre through June 24

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Glenda Jackson, Alison Pill, Laurie Metcalf in Edward Albee’s "Three Tall Women"
Brigitte Lacombe

Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Three Tall Women" returns to Broadway for the first time in 25 years. Believed to have been an exorcism of Albee's own issues with his mother, "Three Tall Women stars Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Allison Pill as three women looking back over the triumphs, tragedies, and regrets of their lives. Jared calls this Tony-nominated production "absolutely riveting. Very wickedly funny, but also a very dry and pragmatic look into life. No roses here. No ornament. Just captivatingly clinical like the breath that comes in and goes out."

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