stage review

Bread and Puppet’s playful guise

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Of course, this is Bread and Puppet , so these circus acts offer potent political commentary on current events.

James Ludwig and Ali Ewoldt in the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater production of “Period of Adjustment.”

Stage Review

Love, 1950s American style

Though his play, “Period of Adjustment,” represents the ordinarily hyper-dramatic playwright trying on a more lighthearted approach, this work is a far cry from funny.

Malcolm Rogers, director of the MFA, in 1994 (left) and 2014.

ART

Malcolm Rogers: Adding up 20 years at the MFA

Rogers, who marks his 20th anniversary as director of the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, has transformed the institution over his tenure.

Above: Barkley L. Hendricks’s “Lawdy Mama.”

Art Review

Bearing artistic witness in the ’60s

“Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” at the Hood Museum of Art, examines politics and culture colliding.

The Ticket: Art

Sebastian Smee’s picks for notable exhibitions in the Boston area this week.

Up-and-coming Bridge Rep applies a creative touch, offstage and on

Boston’s Bridge Repertory Theater is about to embark on its second season.

The Ticket: theater

Globe reviewers offer their recommendations for the best in local and regional theater, including “Finding Neverland” and “Fences.”

The Ticket: Dance picks

Critic’s picks for dance performances in the Boston area and beyond.

Rise

Budding portrait photographer shows depth

Marquette Welch, an incoming senior at East Boston High School, is making an impressive mark.

Artist Roberto Mighty finds stories at Mt. Auburn cemetery

Mighty, the first artist-in-residence at the 183-year-old cemetery, is creating a multiscreen digital multimedia installation.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/miren150-4474.jpg Star power fuels Broadway’s coming season

The coming Broadway season has something for everyone — a musical by Sting, Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, and not one, but two Gyllenhaals.

STages

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/MAN1andFAMOUSCHEF-1.jpg In playwright’s view, happiness industry is a bummer

“27 Tips for Banishing the Blues” looks at depression in America, specifically casting a harsh comic light on charlatans who try to profit from it.

Art Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/01.Splendid[1]-4463.jpg Shinique Smith exhibit wild and welcoming

Smith, whose exhibit is at the Museum of Fine Arts, is on the rise; she proceeds, riotously, with a wild painted gesture as its engine.

Local galleries

galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/1963-pod-form.jpg The many sides of ceramicist William Daley

The master ceramicist, born in 1925 and still at work, is the subject of two exhibitions up now.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/11/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/AspenSantaFeBallet_KatherineBolanos_photoRosalieOConnor.jpg The week ahead: Theater, arts

Globe reviewers offer their recommendations for the best in local and regional theater, dance, galleries, and museums.

Summer Arts Preview

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WEBsummerartsfront-6592--90x90.jpg The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.

Sebastian Smee

Art critic

Smee, an art critic for the Globe, was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.

Don Aucoin

Theater critic

Aucoin is the Globe’s theater critic, and has covered everything from television to politics to the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal.