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The Week in Arts: Bryan Cranston in ‘Network,’ Lucas Hedges in ‘Boy Erased’

Ah, fake news and fury — a Broadway adaptation, starring Cranston, of the 1976 film feels rumblingly prescient now.
Theater: Bryan Cranston Is Mad as Hell

About halfway through “Network,” Sidney Lumet’s Oscar-winning 1976 satire that feels rumblingly prescient now, there’s a scene of exquisitely performative rage. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), an unhinged anchorman whose anger is rating gold, rails on air against the power of television.

“But, man, you’re never going to get any truth from us,” he rants to his many millions of admirers. “We’ll tell you anything you want to hear. We lie like hell.”

Ah, fake news and fury — along with old-fashioned avarice and crimes cooked up for the cameras. Seems like a perfect moment for the return of “Network,” doesn’t it? This time, though, it’s on Broadway, where previews start on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Belasco Theater.

Bryan Cranston stars as Howard Beale in Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay, directed by Ivo van Hove and opening on Dec. 6. When the production had its premiere last fall at the National Theater in London, Ben Brantley, in The New York Times, called it “convulsive,” and Mr. Cranston “the perfect stark raving center for this meticulously calibrated mayhem.” Joining the New York cast as Diana Christensen, the cold-as-ice executive Faye Dunaway played onscreen, is Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”). LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES

Film: Lucas Hedges in a Wrenching Adaptation
Close to 700,000 L.G.B.T.Q. Americans are estimated to have undergone conversion therapy, according to a January 2018 report from the Williams Institute of the U.C.L.A. School of Law. The writer and activist Garrard Conley is one of them. The son of a Baptist minister, Conley was outed at 19 by a college classmate, after which his parents gave him an ultimatum: either be disowned or attend an “ex-gay” program in Memphis that promised to “cure” him of his homosexuality.


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