Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead For Nov. 17–21 (And Beyond)

By Jared Bowen

Nov. 18, 2011

The Lyric Stage Company presents "Ain't Misbehavin'" through Dec. 17.

BOSTON — Don't be a chocolate turkey — start planning your nights out now with a special extended edition of theatrical treats due to next week’s holiday. 

“The Descendants”
The film opens this weekend in Boston featuring a deeply fictional performance by George Clooney (once and forever Sexiest Man Alive no matter what “People” says this year) as a dad. But before you run out: Despite the Oscar buzz, Jared thought the film lacked real emotional resonance or heft.
“Ain’t Misbehavin‘”
The Lyric Stage Company
Runs through Dec. 17
All the great “Fats” Waller songs, including Jared’s favorite “Your Feet’s Too Big,” get the holiday season on a roll.
“Arabian Nights”
Central Square Theater
Runs through Dec. 31
This retelling of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia is a collaboration between the feminism-focused Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater, which often emphasizes puppets. The great programming around the show include seminars on puppetry, feminism and violence in children’s stories.
“The Nutcracker”
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
Nov. 25–Dec. 24
An obscure, little-known — well, it’s an alternative way to see the classic, in the hands of this Cambridge-based company. The show opens in Duxbury and then spends several weeks in Cambridge before closing at the Strand in Dorchester. Mateo’s original choreography is inventive and enthusiastic. 

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