Museum Special

A look at the MFA’s Goya exhibit, plans to grow MASS MoCA, plus the 50 greatest paintings in New England.

photography review

// The civil rights era in black and white at Lee Gallery

“Civil Rights: Photographs of the Movement for Equality in America, 1956-1968” remind us that racism most certainly can be seen.

South African troupe transports ‘Magic Flute’

South Africa’s Isango Ensemble is bringing an adaptation of “The Magic Flute” to the Cutler Majestic Theatre.


The stage is Andrew Barbato’s Wonderland

The 24-year-old is directing a musical he wrote and co-composed called “Alice,” at Wheelock Family Theatre.

At Mass MoCA, expansive plans for the future

After the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art expansion, it will total 260,000 square feet in gallery space.

// The ticket: Art

Sebastian Smee’s picks for noteworthy art exhibitions in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

The ticket: Dance

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

The ticket: Theater

Globe reviewers offer a guide to area productions.

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The 50 greatest paintings in New England

In a region overflowing with art treasures, which paintings stand out?

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

 Lorna Simpson

Art Review

Striking dualities from Lorna Simpson

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

Christiana Rodi and ensemble members from Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s Aida.

Theater Review

Superficiality reigns in Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s ‘Aida’

The show is an erratic production that does little to conceal the fundamental mediocrity of the musical.

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.

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.

Estelle Bajou in One Year Lease Theater Company’s “pool (no water).”

Stage Review

‘Pool’ is a deep dive into envy

When friendship turns to envy, the results are both crushing and liberating. At least, that’s the theme of “pool (no water).”

art review

// Extraordinary MFA exhibit shows Goya in full

“Goya: Order and Disorder” is the most extensive exhibition of Francisco Goya’s work to be mounted in North America in a quarter century.

Stage Review

// ‘Two Boys Lost’ a raw portrait of a family at its limit

“Two Boys Lost,” follows the Molineaux family as they remember their last Christmas with their mentally ill brother.

Local galleries


// 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.


// Week ahead: Theater, arts

Globe reviewers offer their recommendations for the best in local theater, dance, and more.

Fall Arts Preview

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// Fall arts offerings

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

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.