There's Nothing Quite Like a Classic

By Jared Bowen

May 31, 2012
Bianca Amato and James Waterston in Noël Coward’s Private Lives. (Photo: Paul Marotta)

Hear Jared's take on the events below on Morning Edition.
Beauty and the Beast
Plays at the Boston Opera House
Through June 3rd

Thanks to the Disney film, you probably know about Belle, the young woman stuck in a provincial French town, who finds she must tame a Beast, a young prince transformed by an enchantress as punishment for his insensitivity. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return, the curse will be lifted and he will be transformed to his former self. If not, he and his palace of servants will remain under the spell for eternity. A warm story with lovely sets and costuming, but this production may be more fun for the kids than adults.

Private Lives
Plays at the Huntington Theatre
Through June 24

The Huntington reaches another high bar and great success with this well-known play by Noel Coward. Newlyweds Elyot and Sibyl are honeymooning at a hotel in northern France where they unexpectedly encounter Elyot’s ex-wife Amanda and her new husband Victor.The romance between Elyot and Amanda is quickly revived, and the two desert their new spouses and flee to Amanda’s Paris flat. There, the stormy rivalry that first divided them rekindles in time for Sibyl and Victor to rediscover the pair in the throes of a passionate fight. It's hilarious, beautifully performed and shouldn't be missed.

Dancing with Renoir
On View at the Museum of Fine Arts
(Part of the Visiting Masterpieces series)
Through September 3rd

Visitors can't help but be moved when they stand amongst this glorious trio of full-length dancing couples painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The show, Dancing with Renoir, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will run until September 3 and has already made a sensation in New York. Here, Renoir’s "Dance at Bougival", one of the MFA’s most beloved treasures, will be reunited for the first time in Boston since the MFA’s Renoir exhibition in 1985–86—with two of the artist’s masterpieces, "Dance in the Country" and "Dance in the City", lent by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. 

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Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 


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