Hugh Jackman delivers an excellent performance in "Prisoners".


Arts This Week: All for Family

September 19, 2013

How we are connected to others what that does to motivate us is a running theme in this week's selection of theater and film. One father will stop at nothing to rescue his daughter, a lonely boy finds friends in the jungle, we witness the odd behaviors of a recluse writer and a deaf boy trying to find his own way despite his parent's "help". 

The Jungle Book, presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the BU Theatre. This week it was extended for a second time. It now plays through October 20th.

Reimagined for the stage by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, The Jungle Book is based on Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling’s 1893 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film. Zimmerman’s adaptation is a music-and movement-filled adventure of young Mowgli’s coming-of-age in the animal kingdom featuring the movie’s best-loved songs in wholly new Indian-inspired arrangements.

One Man, Two Guv'nors plays at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through October 12th.

This award-winning play — a runaway hit on Broadway last year — is a glorious celebration of British comedy: a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick, and glittering one-liners. Based on The Servant of Two Masters, Carlo Goldoni’s hilarious 18th-century Italian comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors is a funhouse parade of fools, lovers, clowns, parents, and pompous asses.

Tribes, presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through October 12th.

Born deaf into a fiercely intellectual and opinionated British family, Billy was pushed to assimilate into the hearing world as best he could by reading lips and staying out of the way. But when a young woman introduces him to the Deaf community, Billy decides it is time his family learns to communicate with him on his terms. Tribes is a winner of the 2012 Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards for Best Play.

Salinger opening at Kendall Square Cinema and select suburban theaters this Friday.

For more than fifty years, J.D. Salinger, the elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by lack of access and the recycling of inaccurate information. Filmmaker Shane Salerno gains that sought-after access and delivers interviews with hundreds of people the world over, many of whom had previously declined to go on the record about their relationship with the iconic author. Combined with never-before-published photographs, diaries, letters, legal records, and documents, see a much different portrait of J.D. Salinger.

Prisoners opens in theaters Friday.

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Jackman delivers one of his best acting moments to date and leaves audiences in turmoil about moral choices when family is at risk.

This week on Open Studio:

The Jungle Book, sure to be a season hit and find out more about the Boston Ballet's Night of Stars on Boston Common during an in-studio interview with artistic director, Mikko Nissinen. Also, a profile of Greenway Carousel artist, Jeff Briggs.

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