Local Theater Watch


— Ryan Beltram, EDN

It’s a light week in local cinema. The Bijou debuts one new film about Jewish refugees hiding in the sewers to survive. Over at David Minor, one film opens about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

At the Bijou:

In Darkness: 2011 – Drama – 145 Min – Rated R. Starts on Friday, Mar. 30 at 4:45 and 7:45 pm.

A story about surviving by any means necessary

In Darkness tells the remarkable true story of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and thief who helped a dozen Jews survive by living underground while their city was destroyed by the Germans.

Initially only interested in his own well-being, Socha encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the Nazi regime. Never one to do anything for free, Socha hides them for money in the sewer system of Lvov, a city in Poland. What begins as a simple business arrangement turns into something more as Socha grows attached to the men, women and children he must protect. But how long can they hide and outsmart the Germans?

The plot of In Darkness certainly draws parallels to Schindler’s List. An opportunistic individual looking to make some money at the expense of others. But like that film, the protagonist seems to grow as the film progresses and he sees these individuals as people rather than assets.

In Darkness was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this years Oscars. Based on the strong reviews it received and the unbelievable true story it inspired, In Darkness sounds like a compelling film worth seeing.

Still Playing at the Bijou:

Pina: Showing at 4:45 and 8 pm Thursday. Showing at 8:30 pm Friday and Saturday.

Albert Nobbs: Showing at 5 pm Thursday. Showing at 6 pm Friday and at 1 and 6 pm Saturday.

A Separation: Showing at 7:30 pm Thursday. Showing at 3:30 pm Friday and Saturday.

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie: Late night screenings resume Friday and Saturday at 10:45 pm.

At David Minor:

A Dangerous Method: 2011 – Drama – 99 Min – Rated R. Starts on Thursday, Mar. 29 at 9:45 pm.

A dangerous passion

What’s really going on inside that head of ours? A Dangerous Method explores the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and the inception of psychoanalysis.

The very busy Michael Fassbender plays Jung, a driven psychiatrist whose determination is to explore the human psyche by any means. Upon meeting the unstable Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) Jung forms a fascination with the woman and that fascination eventually turns into an affair.

The film also stars Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud whose heavy influence on Jung is the driving force behind the decisions Jung makes. Despite Freud’s influence over Jung, both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Carnage: Showing at 4:55 pm Mar. 29-Apr. 4.

The Descendants: Showing at 4:55 pm Mar. 29-Apr. 4.

Melancholia: Showing at 7 pm Mar. 29-Apr. 4.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Showing at 7 pm Mar. 29-Apr. 4.

TInker Tailor Soldier Spy: Showing at 9:45 pm Mar. 29-Apr. 4.

It’s spring break this week so nothing going on in amateur theater, but at the professional level, two plays are still going on while another play will be performed one day only.

Over at the Very Little Theatre, you have three more chances to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

I saw a movie recently where the tagline for the film was, “Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.” The two guys in this play apparently took the ladder. Lawrence and Freddie are a couple of sly conmen who make money by swindling ladies out of their money.

But while at a Casino near the French Riviera, the two thieves become aware of each other and they decide to make a deal: The first to get $50,000 out of a woman gets to stay in town while the other has to leave. They’re highly competitive thieves.

The final three shows for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is Mar. 29-31. Shows are at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 on Thursday and $18 on Friday and Saturday.

Avenue Q returns on Friday at The Actors Cabaret.

Comprised almost entirely of puppets, Avenue Q follows Princeton, a recent college graduate who has moved to a rundown New York neighborhood. With a B.A. in English, employers aren’t exactly lining up at the door.

Actors performing the play

To help him through tough times are his unusual group of neighbors including Kate Monster; a nice kindergarten assistant, Rod and Nicky, a comedian named Brian and his fiancée Christmas Eve and Trekkie Monster, a puppet who likes looking at inappropriate content on the internet.

Avenue Q is a funny and endearing look at young characters trying to figure things out in life. The play can be seen Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $16 to $27; $41.50 for dinner and show.

If you can’t quite get enough of puppets, head over to the Wildish Theater. The Springfield Puppet Festival is presenting Pecos Bill, A Tall Tale.

An award-winning puppet play by the Oregon Shadow Theatre, A Tall Tale follows Bill from his childhood-raised by coyotes, through his many outrageous adventures.

The performances are free of charge and recommended for ages five and up. The show will be on Saturday, Mar. 31 at 1 and 3 pm.


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