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Stage Review

In ‘Year Zero,’ fresh faces but an old story

From left: Michael Rosete, Daniel Velasco, and Juliette Hing-Lee in Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s “Year Zero.”

Meghan Moore

Despite its fresh cultural trappings, the script seems to prove that stories about immigrants assimilating tend to be alike.

Dance Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/20McCusker04.jpg Collaborative spirit showcased in McCusker’s dances

“‘Hey!’ + Other Dances,” at Somerville’s Center for Arts at the Armory, featured many of choreographer Daniel McCusker’s treasured veteran collaborators.

art review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/14/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/IMG_2065.jpg Mark Bradford’s bold vision at the Rose

With texturally rich paintings and allusive sculptures at the Rose Art Museum, Bradford recasts contemporary issues in mythic dimensions.

Stage Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/MSH_0062.jpg Shadows and ‘Doubt,’ in strong Stoneham production

The Stoneham Theatre’s production of “Doubt, A Parable” delivers every ounce of this complex drama’s tension, urgency, and ambiguity.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/maeda_19fenway_g1.jpg Fenway hosts an evening of Shakespeare hits

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s unprecedented event stages an evening of Shakespeare just above the Red Sox dugout.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Bent_50-001.jpg With ‘Bent,’ Zeitgeist explores another heavy topic

The play exploring the treatment of gays during the Holocaust is the first production of Zeitgeist Stage Company’s 14th season.

opera review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/MeaganMiller_JayHunterMorris.jpg Odyssey Opera delivers Korngold premiere

Under Gil Rose’s direction, Odyssey Opera performed a concert version of Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” in Jordan Hall on Saturday night.

Photography Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/11/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Hido1.jpg In Todd Hido’s photographs, place and state of mind intersect

In Todd Hido’s photography show at Boston University, “Excerpts From Silver Meadows,” sense of place is a state of mind.

‘Blank’ draws on Broadway musicals for improv

ImprovBoston has been named “producing improvisation partner” for “Blank! The Musical,” beginning performances Nov. 1.

Art Review

McMullen sheds new light on Cuban modernist Lam

“Wifredo Lam” is as magnetic an exhibition as you will see anywhere in New England this year.

THEATER REVIEW

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Circle_Of_LifeA-001.jpg ‘The Lion King’ still reigns supreme

Director Julie Taymor’s magic is very much intact in the exhilarating production that has arrived at the Boston Opera House.

Fall Arts Preview

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/fallarts--90x90.jpg Fall arts offerings

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

Events

The Week Ahead: Arts

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

Local galleries

Galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/3_EireneEfstathiou_WeAreNot(Just)anImageonTV(detail)-001.jpg Greek artists interpret newsmaking events at Grossman

A show featuring works by contemporary Greek artists offers disparate, provocative interpretations of current events.

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.