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Chilean theatre makers TEATROCINEMA arrive in Boston on March 11th, delivering the heart-pulsing noir tale of Argentina’s most notorious heist, Plata Quemada (MAR 11-15). Ahead of its much anticipated arrival we’ve collated a list of reference films — each filled with unforgettable characterizations — akin to the groundbreaking, explosive narrative of Plata Quemada. Where better to begin than with Good Time, the 2017 masterpiece from the twisted, disquieted mind of visionary auteurs, the Safdie Brothers. The…

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While preparing for Historia de Amor’s brief, Boston visit (starting this Thursday, closing APR 24) the LA Times raved about the show’s west coast run, describing it as “If Alfred Hitchcock turned a graphic novel into live theater.” This sent me running back to my Hitchcock DVDs, which, admittedly, I had not focused on since my initial obsession while I was studying film production in college. I was struck by how painterly of a director he…

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If there is a country that knows how to portray disempowerment, physical and psychological torture, and the devastating effects of taking away someone’s basic human rights, it is Chile. Between the years of 1973 and 1990, Chileans lived under a military dictatorship that has left its mark on their country to this day, especially in the realm of artistic expression. Back then, theater companies were forced to close their doors; artists disappeared during the night,…

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In her 1989 book Aids and Its Metaphors, Susan Sontag set about trying to discuss the AIDS pandemic in intellectualized terms, focusing on the mythologizing frames that created distance for the unafflicted, blamed its victims, and inflamed the dialogue surrounding it. She got clobbered by AIDS activists and many of her colleagues for taking something so voracious, so visceral, so immediate and putting it under a literary microscope. AIDS was no metaphor.     I…

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