Maurice Parent as Donkey in Wheelock Family Theatre’s “Shrek the Musical.”


Maurice Parent as Donkey in Wheelock Family Theatre’s “Shrek the Musical.”

‘Shrek’ surprising enough to keep the kids enthralled

This ogre was a hit with the children who made up at least half of Friday’s opening night audience. By Joel Brown

A soundstage at Red Sky Studios in Allston.


Behind the scenes, many careers rely on film tax credit

Locals say the tax incentive has enabled them to build infrastructure and hire top talent, making them competitive with firms elsewhere.

thing tank

// From Madonna and Drake to Cheryl’s birthday

Cheryl seems like kind of a nightmare, so to hell with her birthday.

Louis-Dreyfus dives into what is funny about embarrassment, and doesn’t resolve into likability — a quality that women, in particular, were often expected to have on TV.


Is Julia Louis-Dreyfus TV’s best-ever comic actress?

A genius at making shallowness and awkwardness into comic goldmines, Louis-Dreyfus knows how to transform the trivial into the revelatory.

Four prizes awarded at PEN New England’s annual ceremony

Ernest Hemingway’s son, Patrick, handed the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award to Arna Bontemps Hemenway for his story collection.

Book review

// ‘God Help the Child’ by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s new novel is a slim, modest work that still manages to pack an emotional wallop.

Stage review

Alcohol and ‘Dream’ don’t mix at Davis Square Theatre

In pure theater terms, the drunk-actor strategy doesn’t work in “(Expletive) Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’’

Music Review

Tenor Joseph Calleja fills Jordan Hall with power, passion

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja made his Boston debut with a Celebrity Series recital for which he was accompanied by pianist Kevin Miller.

Rhiannon Giddens sang songs from her new record at the Somerville Theatre.

Music Review

Rhiannon Giddens blends traditional and innovative

We can thank T Bone Burnett for providing the impetus behind the marvelous performance that Rhiannon Giddens gave Saturday.


// Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Furious’ tribute races to the top of the chart

For the first time since January, the Hot 100 has a new top dog: Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” the mournful ode to deceased “Furious 7” star Paul Walker.

Art Review

// Leonardo’s drawings at center of MFA show

If you’re even remotely susceptible to great art, you’ll want to see this Leonardo da Vinc show — but be aware of what it is, and what it is not.

What's on TV

// Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Monday

Sarah Rodman on what to watch Monday, including “Time Traveling with Brian Unger” on the Travel Channel.