Local Theater Watch
– Ryan Beltram, EDN
It’s a light week in local cinema as only two films open. Both films are debuting at the Bijou and both are french. The first revolves around a 10-year-old girl who while settling into her new neighborhood, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity after it’s become too late to say otherwise.
The other french film opening follows two couples who decide to explore the boundaries of their relationships by swapping partners. What starts out as a fun experiment turns into something more complicated and dramatic.
Tomboy: 2011 – Drama – 84 Min – Not Rated. Starts on Friday, Apr. 6 at 5:15 and 7:15 pm.
After a family moves into a new neighborhood in Paris, 10-year-old Laure deliberately presents herself as a boy named Mikhael to ingratiate herself with the children. It’s not difficult for Laure to do that since, as the title suggests, she prefers to act like one of the boys.
Tomboy follows Laure/Mikhael’s experiences with his new friends, his potential love interest, Lisa, his younger sister and his parents. The film focuses on the significance of gender identity in social interaction from an early age and the overall difficulties with not necessarily knowing who you’re supposed to be at a young age.
Four Lovers: 2010 – Romance – 103 Min – Not Rated. Opens Friday, Apr. 6 at 8:30 pm.
It’s modern-day France and two married couples are a little bored. Looking shake things up and have a little fun, the two couples decide to swap partners like it’s the 1970s. What starts as a fun, free-spirited experimentation of lust and sex quickly turns into a complicated situation full of desire, anger and confusion.
As the arrangement leads them down an increasingly surprising and provocative path, the lovers begin to question their personal choices and lifestyles, leading to consequences none of them could have seen.
Still Playing at the Bijou:
In Darkness: Final two showings on Thursday, Apr. 5 at 4:45 and 7:45 pm.
A Separation: Showing at 8:25 pm Thursday and 3:25 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Albert Nobbs: Showing at 6 pm Thursday-Sunday.
Pina: Showing at 9:10 pm Friday with an additional showing at 1:15 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Nothing new this week at David Minor, but the local theater still has plenty of options available for movie lovers to see.
Melancholia: Showing at 4:50 pm Apr. 5-11.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Showing at 4:50 pm Apr. 5-11.
A Dangerous Method: Showing at 7:40 pm Apr. 5-11.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Showing at 7:40 pm Apr. 5-11.
Carnage: Showing at 9:50 pm Apr. 5-11.
The Descendants: Showing at 9:50 pm Apr. 5-11.
In local theater, a couple of plays will be concluding in anticipation of a bevy of new plays next week.
You have two more chances to check out the McDonald Theatre’s presentation of The Vagina Monologues.
Originally released in 1996, The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Every monologue relates to the vagina, whether through sex, love, rape, menstruation, birth or other forms. A recurring theme throughout the play is the vagina as a tool for female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.
The play can be seen at 7:30 pm Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $10.
The Actors Cabaret’s month-long production of Avenue Q will finally be ending this weekend with the final two shows on Friday and Saturday.
Recent college graduate Princeton has moved to a somewhat poor area in New York City. Facing the daunting task of finding a job with a B.A. in English, Princeton finds comfort in the odd neighbors that live in his apartment. There’s Kate Monster, a good-hearted kindergarten assistant, Rod and Nicky, a comedian named Brian and his fiancée, Christmas Eve, and Trekkie Monster, a puppet with a lot of interests on the internet.
Mixing real people and puppets, Avenue Q is a funny and clever play about trying to find their way in life amongst unusual characters.
Avenue Q can be seen Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $16 to $27; $41.50 for dinner and show.