Marc Mitchell’s “Drawing Project #88 (Drippy)” at Laconia Gallery in Boston.

Marc Mitchell’s “Drawing Project #88 (Drippy)” at Laconia Gallery in Boston.

Mitchell, Larson correspond playfully at Laconia

Marc Mitchell and Derek Larson engage in a conversation in abstract art in a show now on display at Laconia Gallery. By Cate McQuaid

Of her 1986 image “Waterbearer,” Lorna Simpson has said: “Photographing from the back was a way to get viewers’ attention.”

Art Review

Striking dualities from Lorna Simpson

Neither concealment nor obscurity is in Simpson’s artistic nature. Elusiveness is.

Dancers Marcos Ayala and Teresa Sanchez Terraf perform.

Dance Review

A hot night for ‘Tango Lovers’ at Berklee

“Tango Lovers” is an entertaining little show with a lot of potential, if still a bit rough around the edges and plagued by disorganization.

Ed Hoopman as Robert Lowell and Laura Latreille as Elizabeth Bishop in the Lyric Stage Company production of “Dear Elizabeth.”

Stage Review

‘Dear Elizabeth’: Poetry, letters, and the spaces in between

Playwright Sarah Ruhl devises a delicate dance of distance and desire.

Photography Review

// Somewhere between South Africa and hell

“Someone Else’s Country: Photographs by Jo Ractliffe,” at the Peabody Essex Museum, looks at post-war Angola.


Frame by Frame

Poised between earth and poetry

George Inness, a master of nature’s more intimate moods, painted “Saco Ford, Conway Meadows” in his Boston studio in 1876.

Fall Arts Preview

special section

// Fall arts offerings

Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.

What's on TV tonight

// Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

Matthew Gilbert’s TV guide, including “Web Therapy” on Showtime.


game on

Where gamers and a Grecian urn might meet

“Elegy for a Dead World” — set to be released early next year — stands out because it breaks most of the rules of what we think of as a “game.”