The Deep Blue Sea

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Play­wright Ter­ence Rat­ti­gan drew in­spi­ra­tion for his 1952 drama from his failed se­cret re­la­tion­ship with a for­mer male lover, but (at least as he ex­plained it) the times re­quired that he en­code the plot as a more so­cially ac­cept­able story of a het­ero­sex­ual af­fair — or, more ex­actly, as the af­ter­math of that re­la­tion­ship. This is a bleak and dev­as­tat­ing play, but it crafts a sharp por­trait of ro­man­tic loss and need. He­len McCrory re­ceived wide­spread crit­i­cal ac­claim for her por­trayal of Hester Col­lyer, the woman at the cen­ter of things, in this pro­duc­tion from the Lyt­tel­ton Theatre in Lon­don. (Mar­garet Sulla­van cre­ated the role in 1952; you may have seen the movie ver­sions with Vivien Leigh, from 1955, and with Rachel Weisz, in 2011.) The Lyt­tel­ton’s pro­duc­tion will be broad­cast as part of the Na­tional Theatre Live in HD in­cen­tive, beam­ing in to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 16. Tick­ets ($22) can be had through www.tick­, 505-988-1234. — James M. Keller La Santa Ce­cilia, named for the pa­tron saint of mu­sic, com­bines Latin rock, punk, and Amer­i­can in­die in­flu­ences in a bor­der-bust­ing mod­ern style that earned them a Grammy Award for their 2013 ma­jor-la­bel de­but,

(Uni­ver­sal). The record­ing fea­tured the song “Ice El Hielo,” a Span­ish-lan­guage homage to peo­ple on the run from the Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment agency, — bet­ter known as ICE — the video for which went vi­ral and cat­a­pulted the band into the spot­light as spokes­peo­ple for im­mi­gra­tion re­form. All mem­bers come from im­mi­grant fam­i­lies and got their start play­ing on Los An­ge­les street cor­ners; they joined forces in 2007. La Santa Ce­cilia plays at the El­do­rado Ho­tel Ball­room (309 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 11, as part of the La Cosecha Dual Lan­guage Con­fer­ence. Tick­ets are $22 in ad­vance, $27 at the door, and are avail­able through www.hold­myt­ or by call­ing 505-886-1251. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the schol­ar­ship fund for Dual Lan­guage Ed­u­ca­tion of New Mex­ico. — Jen­nifer Levin Jazz gui­tarist Joshua Break­stone brings his cello quar­tet to Santa Fe on Fri­day, Nov. 11. The combo fea­tures bassist Mike Rich­mond, a vet­eran of work with Miles Davis and Stan Getz, play­ing cello; Chris Con­ner on bass; and John Trenta­costa on drums. Break­stone has recorded more than a dozen al­bums as a leader, in­clud­ing the last two with the cello quar­tet. Im­pro­vi­sa­tion is key for the New York post-bop gui­tarist, who has been play­ing Santa Fe for years. “It’s the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge in jazz, to be able to im­pro­vise over any kind of har­monic ter­rain and in­vent new melodies,” he told in 2000. “To me the play­ing of the melody and the ex­pres­sion of a song are para­mount, but when you get into the im­prov, hope­fully you can say some­thing unique and in your own way.” The con­cert at the Mu­seum Hill Café, 710 Camino Lejo, be­gins at 7 p.m. Call 505-983-6820 for reser­va­tions; tick­ets are $25 ($20 for mem­bers of the spon­sor­ing Santa Fe Mu­sic Col­lec­tive). — Paul Wei­de­man

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