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Aline G. Damas

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Books

‘Gingerbread’ is a Poignant Story of Ambition, Family, and Displacement

“Gingerbread” does an excellent job of worldbuilding and providing sharp social commentary.

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Film

‘Transit’ Is a Complex Study of War and Migration

“Transit” is not content with being a tear-jerker or just another WWII drama. Petzold distinguishes it with its almost psychological diagnostic of complicated human relationships and displacement.

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Theater

Boston Ballet’s ‘Full on Forsythe’ Breathes Innovation and Excitement into Ballet

After a long career in Europe, choreographer William Forsythe created a piece for Boston Ballet called “Playlist (EP),” the first work he has choreographed for a North American company in almost 30 years.

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Arts

‘Botticelli Heroines + Heroes’ Explores the Nature Between Art and Violence

It is astounding that with their warm, bright colors and delicate gold glints, Sandro Botticelli’s iconic paintings are about violence, trauma, and sexual assault.

Theater

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brings ‘Othello’ to Contemporary America

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Othello" at the A.R.T. replaces the usual Renaissance Venice with a more lugubrious, yet modern American city (with the opening scenes taking place outside of a seedy nightclub) and Renaissance Cyprus with a village whose sand-toned architecture is reminiscent of the Middle East.

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Music

Billie Eilish's New Single 'bury a friend' is Deliciously Eerie

The L.A. native’s new song relies on tried and tested methods — heavy on synth melodies, voice modulations, and layered vocals — yet distinguishes itself through its much faster, more upbeat tempo and powerfully disturbing lyrics.

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Theater

‘The Nutcracker’ Returns to Bring Holiday Spirit to Boston

Though the Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs annually in December, it did not fail to impress with its energy and high production value on its opening night on Nov. 29.

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Film

‘The Favourite’ Redefines Period Dramas

"The Favourite"'s assessment of each character feels almost Austenian — if Jane Austen enjoyed lavish lobsters racing and heavy use of the c-word.

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Arts

The Top 5 Period Drama Mini-Series and What They Really Should Be Called

Before I take over as The Crimson’s new TV executive, I think it’s important for my readers to know where I stand: I don’t know anything about TV, because I only watch British period dramas.

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Arts

‘Bodyguard’ Brings to Light the Danger of Fearmongering

“We’re politicians, not murderers.” This line, spoken by an advisor to the British Home Secretary during police inquiries, reflects a central theme in BBC One’s hit television series “Bodyguard,” now available on Netflix.

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Books

'You’ve Been So Lucky Already' is a Candid Portrait of Struggle

With humor and candor, “You’ve Been So Lucky Already” makes serious discussions of health, illness, and tragedy much more palatable.

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Theater

A Vividly Russian Take on ‘Measure for Measure’

In their production of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”, the Pushkin Theater deftly succeeded in confronting the troubling nature of the material while celebrating the play’s hilarity.

Books

'Little Women': 150 Years Later

150 years after it was written by Alcott in her home Orchard House, “Little Women” remains a source of inspiration providing girls with role models and charmingly encapsulating the anguish and joy of growing up.

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Theater

‘The Black Clown’: A Rich Legacy of Jazz and Blues

A.R.T.’s new show “The Black Clown" is musical and dramatic adaptation of Langston Hughes’ poem of the same name. Though written in 1931, its verses are still bound to send chills down one's spine through its lively and haunting performance.

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Arts

'Sharp Objects' Delivers a Stunning Southern Gothic

With its luscious cinematography, haunting story, and painful soundtrack, “Sharp Objects” delivers a stunning Southern Gothic that gives this loving word a much darker connotation.

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