Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Lows and Highs

By Jared Bowen

April 12, 2012


Will Lyman, Nicholas Dillenburg and Karen MacDonald In Long Day's Journey Into Night. Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures.

BOSTON — Theater-goers won't want to miss this long-awaited performance of Eugene O'Neill's powerful examination of family, and families won't want to miss a night of delight under the Big Top.

Long Day's Journey Into Night
At the New Repertory Theatre through April 22nd

Eugene O’Neill's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, a semi-autobiographical drama, intimately examines the addictions, regrets, and deceits of the tormented Tyrone family. Through the course of a single heart-wrenching day, the members of the family confront one another as their blame, resentment, and animosity explodes.

Documentary Film
Opens in theaters this Friday

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, BULLY explores stories that represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. The filmmakers follow five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children.

The film rating for BULLY recently changed from "R" to "PG-13".
US Int'l Clown Hall of Fame inductee Barry Lubin as "Grandma" Photo: Bertrand Guay/ Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus: Dream Big
Under the Big Top on City Hall Plaza through May 13

Complete with a juggler, a mechanical doll who comes alive, spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, and a capybara and porcupine to perk up the sawdust party, families will enjoy a new season of acrobatics, comedy and magic. A singing Ringmistress and the Big Apple Circus Band share ringing melodies and Grandma, apogee of comical aspiration and mirthful joy, is back.

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