Boston Weekly Cultural & Artistic Picks 10/15 – 10/21, 2012

Nélida Nassar  10.15.2012

 

The Pick of the Week: Coolidge Corner National Theatre NT:
The Last of The Haussmans

Stephen Beresford new play The Last of the Haussmans has its legacy in the 1960’s.  It was the decade that has changed every country, irrevocably for the better and ushered social justice.  The Last of the Haussmans is also another new English variation on Tchekov’s The Cherry Orchard, with a hopeless family seeing their property seized from under them.  Beresford with canny phrases attempt to show the damages inflicted by the 1960s generation on their offspring.  Nick’s accusation to his mother Judy such as “While you were wanking into a chrysanthemum, Margaret Thatcher was making her entrance.”

The plot leads us to a dilapidated house filled with physical, emotional angst and chaos where its main character Judy, is an old hippy who has just come through a minor cancer operation that reunites her with her family.  Libby, her daughter has recently been dumped and has her own caustic daughter in tow and is anxious about her inheritance.  Judy’s gay son, Nick is a former drugs addict living from hand to mouth, seeming even more desperate.  In addition to this distraught family, a set of characters complete the plot with the local doctor and a troubled, pool-cleaning teenager.

The setting, brilliantly created by Vicki Mortimer, is a dilapidated art deco house on Devon’s south coast.  Director Howard Davies gets gleaming performances from his cast.  Julie Walters sensuously fondling her breasts as she urges the young pool-cleaner to “let the body take over” conveys the humor and the madness of the heroine as well as epitomize the attitude towards sex and body in the sixties.  Helen McCrory is superb as Judy’s daughter who observes her mother with a mélange of vituperative anger and infuriated affection.  Rory Kinnear conveys beautifully a sense of wasted intelligence as the ex-junkie son, and there is commendable presence from Matthew Marsh as the fake-revolutionary doctor.  This is an evening to enjoy basking and reflecting on the social changes that occurred in the sixties from which we still benefit from today.

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CINEMA  – FILM
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Monday, October 15, 2012 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 

Friday, October 19, 2012 


Saturday, October 20, 2012    
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Harvard Film Archives
: Michelangelo Antonioni’s Retrospective
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012


Museum of Fine Arts 
 
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film

Monday, October 15, 2012 to October 21, 2012
Kendall Square Cinema

http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/boston/kendallsquarecinema.htm

Monday, October 15, 2012 to October 21, 2012
Coolidge Corner Theatre
http://www.coolidge.org

Monday, October 15, 2012 to October 21, 2012
Goethe Institute at Coolidge Corner Theatre

http://www.coolidge.org

Monday, October 15, 2012 to October 21, 2012
Fenway Regal Theatre
http://www.movies?hl=en&near=fenway

Sunday, October 21, 2012
MIT Films
http://www.lsc.mit.edu/

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art: The Love of Buckminster Fuller with Yo La Tengo
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art: What We Need is the Impossible
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/performances

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MUSIC  – CONCERTS
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Thursday, October 18, 2012 to October 20, 2012
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Debussy, Martin and Rachmaninoff
http://www.bso.org/

Monday, October 15, 2012 
Museum of Fine Arts: Boston String Players present “Bach to Bjork”
http://www.mfa.org/programs/music/red-baraat

Monday, October 15, 2012 
Berklee College of Music: Judy Shin, Esterhazy Quartet, Grant Richards, 14th Annual Oktoberfest, Daughter / Choir of Young Believer
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Berklee College of Music: Mateo Lewis, Minjee Gil: Sounds New, QuNeo and Ableton Suite 8: Performance and Production with Ben Cantil, Esterhazy Quartet,
Hyeonwoo Ki, Roots Music Roadshow, Guitarist/Singer-Songwriter Student Showcase
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Berklee College of Music: Hironori Suzuki’s Quintet, Unlimited Perception: Miguel Angel Lous, The Lucknow Project, Admiral Fallow / Joy Kills Sorrow / Shea Vaccaro
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Berklee College of Music: A Venture into Jazz, Caleb Tay: A Venture Into Jazz, Taewan Kim: Dark, Beside Beauty, Jihye Lee, Taewan Kim, Esterhazy Quartet Concert, The Checkout Live at Berklee: Chihiro Yamanaka, The Checkout Live at Berklee: Chihiro Yamanaka, Larry Monroe’s Recuerdo 
Friday, October 19, 2012 
Berklee College of Music: Karrin Allyson, Rhythms and Sounds of Latin America,
Juana Aquerreta, Rebecca Loebe / Jenn Grinels, Victor Wooten Meets Berklee, Nneka
http://www.berklee.edu/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Longy School of Music of Bard College

http://www.longy.edu/concerts/concerts_calendar.htm

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art: Staff Benda Bilili
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art: Os Musicos
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/performances

Monday, October 15, 2012
New England Conservatory: Opera Institute: Jane Eaglen Masterclass and Music of Ken Schaphorst
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
New England Conservatory: Jones, Mallia, Van Nostrand, Weiss
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
New England Conservatory: Bert Seager’s Kombucha Trio + Rabbit Rabbit, NEC Symphony and Loebel

Thursday, October 18, 2012
New England Conservatory: Tribute to Bob Brookmeyer
Friday, October 19, 2012
New England Conservatory: Katheryn Hewatt and Boston Baroque

Saturday, October 20, 2012
New England Conservatory: Boston Baroque
Saturday, October 20, 2012
New England Conservatory: Katheryn Hewatt and Boston Baroque

http://necmusic.edu/jordan-hall

Sunday, October 21, 2012 to October 20, 2012
Celebrity Series: Chick Corea & Gary Burton Hot House Tour with the Harlem String Quartet at the Boston Symphony

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Charles Mosesin Theatre: The Kite Runner
Arsenal Center for the Arts
http://info@bostonchambermusic.org

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Music/CRASHarts: Staff Benda Bilili at the Institute of Contemporary Art
Friday, October 19, 2012
Music/CRASHarts: Buika at Sanders Theatre

http://www.CRASHarts.org/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Boston Landmark Orchestra
http://www.landmarkorchestra.org/

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DANCE
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Program starts October 25, 2012
Boston Ballet
http://www.bostonballet.org 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Flamenco Boston: Flamenco and Tapas
Bar Lola
http://www.barlola.com/

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OPERA
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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series: Madama Butterfly: Broken Blossoms
http://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/madama-butterfly-broken-blossoms

Friday, October 19, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Boston Baroque: Handel Partenope
http://www.bostonbaroque.org

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THEATRE – PLAYS
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
 and Sunday, October 21, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: The Lily’s Revenge
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/lilys-revenge

Saturday, October 20, 2012

American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: The Donkey Show
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/donkey-show
 


Thursday, October 18, 2012
 to Sunday, October 21, 2012

Boston Art Center, Calderwood Pavilion  

http://www.bostontheatrescene.com

Monday, October 15, 2012
 

Coolidge Corner Theatre: The Last of the Haussmans
http://www.coolidge.org 

Friday, October 19, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Lyric Stage Company of Boston: The Chosen
http://www.lyricstage.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Huntington Theatre Company
: Now or Later
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org

Monday, October 15, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012

Charles Mosesian Theatre: Race

http://www.newreo.org/

Thursday, October 18, 2012
 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Charles Playhouse: Blue Man Group
http://www.boston-theatre.com

Friday, October 19, 2012
 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
BCA Plaza Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
https://www.baonline.org/

No shows this week
Fort Point Theatre Channel
http://www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/productions/

No shows this week
Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston
https://www.reagleplayers.com/current.html/

Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts

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