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Weekend Review

Adriana Pratt | Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday April 2; ‘Our Town;’ 7:30 p.m., Decio Mainstage Theatre See Notre Dame’s finest perform the classic play that helped bring Thornton Wilder into the heart of many Americans this Thursday night on the Decio Mainstage Theatre. With a focus on the simple yet important tasks of the typical American family’s lives, Wilder exposed the shining truths that surround the life the average American leads. A simple stage set and costuming help to highlight the important characteristics of the Webb family and provide the setting for the Notre Dame actors to shine through.

Friday April 3; “Galileo;” 6 p.m. in the Philbin Studio Theatre Watch Friday night as the talented and experienced British actor Tim Hardy steals the stage to portray an adaptation of “Galileo” during the climactic trial that determined his heretical state with the Catholic Church. In an enticing one-man show, Hardy will explore the mind of the man known as the “father of science” and his thoughts on the earth’s position in the universe, the papacy of Pope Urban VIII, and the possibility of reconciling his beliefs with the Church’s. Make sure to reserve a (free) ticket for what promises to be a fascinating performance Friday night.

Saturday April 4; “Flow” (2008); 9:30 p.m; Browning Cinema In a provocative and educational look at one the most important issues facing humanity today, Irena Salina explores the political and environmental roots of The World Water Crisis. She invites one to look at the desecration of human rights that follows when governments and corporations attempt to own water, as well as the problems that will result. Fortunately, Salina also investigates potential solutions to the problem through interviews with notable scientists and activists who focus their careers on ending the devastation The World Water Crisis has and will cause. Pour into the Browning Cinema Saturday night to join the audience in watching the poignant documentary, “Flow.”

Sunday April 5; “Lawrence of Arabia;” 3 p.m; Browning Cinema Follow the fascinating life of the early 20th century British soldier T.E. Lawrence, better known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” in David Lean’s production of “Lawrence of Arabia” this Sunday afternoon. With an opening that will startle and draw you in and a musical score composed by the recently deceased Maurice Jarre, also famous for his scores in “Doctor Zhivago” and the “Dead Poets Society,” the film will take you back to the time and place of the early 1900s’ Arab Revolt. Watching this film would prove not only to be an educational venture but also an entertaining and enthralling one. Wind down your weekend by watching “Lawrence of Arabia” Sunday at 3 p.m.