Caught in the Act

Spies, Puppets and Lies

By Jared Bowen

war horse
The cast of the national tour of War Horse. (

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Whether you try film or theater this weekend, an array of talented stars and performers will transport you back in time and conjure up the scenes, the intrigue and drama that occurred in some of the darker hours of our past. 

Opens in theaters Friday.

Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country.

>>Read Jared's interview with Ben Affleck.

war horseWar Horse
Plays at the Boston Opera House through October 21st

As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. At the heart of this plae are simply astonishing, life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. As a rider myself, I was amazed at the puppeteers ability to capture every nuance of horse behavior. It gave me goosebumps. ?

paperboyThe Paperboy
Opens in theaters on Friday

The Paperboy is sultry, campy and tension-filled. It’s like a modern-day Tennessee Williams play, sexually and racially charged. Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious) takes audiences on a wild ride through the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida to uncover a web of lies and a murder that has one man heading to the electric chair. An explosive chain reaction pulls everyone involved into a quagmire of evil as dark as the Everglades themselves. Inspired by a true story, The Paperboy’s tale of obsession, violence and ambition earned a nomination for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s highest prize, the coveted Palme d’ Or.
About the Author
Jared Bowen Jared Bowen
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 


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