Last week, more than 130 Lincoln Academy sophomores joined us at Lincoln Theater for a broadcast of “Romeo and Juliet.” Next week, 30 Bowdoin College students of theater are coming for a special screening of “A View from the Bridge.” This week, one can join in to see the National Theatre of London as it performs the classic play-with-music “The Threepenny Opera.” Then stay for the weekend for Meryl Streep and her hilarious turn as the endearing Florence Foster Jenkins in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
‘The Threepenny Opera’ (3 hours)
Mack the Knife is back in town. This version of “The Threepenny Opera” is a darkly comic new take on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s raucous musical, broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre in London. London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, and the police are cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr. and Mrs. Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off. Note: the production is suitable for youth 15 years old and above due to scenes of a sexual nature, as well as violence and language. Live broadcast at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 with a rebroadcast at 7 p.m. that evening.
‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ (PG-13; 1 hour, 50 minutes)
Based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, “Florence Foster Jenkins” tells the story of a New York heiress who dreamt of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice. The director Stephen Frears keeps things light in this treatment of the story of the famously bad singer and a 1944 concert she gave at Carnegie Hall. Meryl Streep plays the singer in question and seems to relish the job of assaulting our eardrums. Simon Helberg, portraying her pianist, really makes the movie with his understated reactions to her off-key howls. Also starring Hugh Grant. Playing at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25; and Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28 and 29.
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“Little Men” (PG) opens Wednesday, Oct. 12
“The Light Between Oceans” (PG-13)
Tom Hanks is “Sully” (PG-13)
“Hell or High Water” (R)
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