The Must List: September 2011
Music Lowell Hoedown
Consider it Deliverance, Masshole-style (without the unsavory bits). Since 1980, the Lowell National Historical Park has hosted this ever-growing banjo and fiddle competition, which features musicians facing off in such genres as bluegrass and Dixieland. Free, 9/10.
The Huntington Theatre opens its 30th season with this musical production of Voltaire’s classic satiric fantasy. The score was written in the 1950s by Leonard Bernstein, but director Mary Zimmerman, a Tony Award and MacArthur “genius grant” winner, says her new version is closer to the original book. $25–$95, 9/10–10/16.
Book Light from a Distant Star
Literary accolades, film adaptations, praise from Oprah—Andover’s Mary McGarry Morris has earned them all for her suspenseful novels focused on small-town life. Her latest chronicles a teenage girl who finds her family with sudden financial struggles just as three striking strangers come into her world. $25, 9/13.
Star Turn John Malkovich
Amidst all our Affleck-admiring, we often forget that one of film’s finest character actors lives in town. Highlighting the start of ArtsEmerson’s second season, Malkovich will play a charming serial killer in The Infernal Comedy, a show that combines crime drama with arias by the likes of Vivaldi and Mozart. $25–$195, 9/29–9/30.