Stage review

Noone’s approach is more muted but still potent in ‘The Second Girl’

“The Second Girl’’ is a stirring work that is markedly different in tone and texture from what Ronan Noone has written before.

“Captain Boycott” is about the challenge of surviving and thriving.

Stage review

‘Captain Boycott’ pits the individual against the state

Bread and Puppet’s insistence on shining a theatrical light on issues we too often take for granted or feel powerless against represents a triumph in itself.

From left: composer Hankus Netsky, Remo Airaldi, Alex Pollock, Abby Goldfarb, Ken Cheeseman, playwright Robert Brustein, Will LeBow, Kathy St. George, and Jeremiah Kissel.


A serving of borscht in Brustein’s ‘King of Second Avenue’

Robert Brustein doesn’t exactly have a borscht belt resume. But he says, “I’m a burlesque artist at heart.”

“Shockheaded Peter.”


Critic’s picks: Theater

Don Aucoin offers a guide to 10 Boston-area productions in the coming months.

// The ticket: Theater

Globe reviewers offer a guide to area productions, including “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3).”

The ticket: Art

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

The ticket: Dance

Critic’s picks for dance performances around the Boston area.

Stage review

‘Breath & Imagination’ gives voice to a remarkable life

One of the strengths of “Breath & Imagination’’ at ArtsEmerson is that it insists on a connection with — and obligation to — the past.


Tom Lentz to step down as director of Harvard Art Museums

Tom Lentz announced his intention to resign, just two months after bringing the opening of the new Harvard Art Museums on Quincy Street.

Detail of “Adam and Eve” by Gustav Klimt.

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Art Review

MFA, Worcester base pithy shows on a single work in context

Two exhibitions — Klimt at the MFA, Raphael at the Worcester Art Museum — are illuminating.

Stage Review

// Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Father’ is a timeless tale

Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” examines what it means to be free, and what it means to be true.

Stage review

// In ‘Motown,’ the hits just keep on coming

As long as “Motown: The Musical,” now in performances at the Opera House, sticks to the music, this show soars.


// A ‘Pinocchio’ that owes more to Kabuki than Disney

Wendy Lement and Steven Bogart are putting “Pinocchio” on the big stage at Wheelock Family Theatre beginning Friday.

Photography review

// At the PRC, getting a head start behind the camera

“Early Works,” at the Photographic Resource Center, shows pictures taken by photographers when they were just taking up the camera.

Behind the scene

//,Bedlam_sSaintJoan2.jpg Time traveling in ‘Saint Joan’

In an enchanting bit of theatrical magic, actors often shift characters mid-scene, sometimes with two actors sharing one character in a scene.

Winter Arts Preview

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// Winter arts preview

Boston Ballet presents “Lady of the Camellias,” “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” premieres, and critics pick the best of the winter.


// Critics’ picks: theater, dance, arts

Globe reviewers offer a guide to area productions, including “Morality Play.”

Local galleries


// Sheila Pepe invites viewers to sit, look around, observe

Sheila Pepe’s new show at Carroll and Sons, Brian Zink at Miller Yezerski Gallery, and Sandra Erbacher at GRIN.

The Year in Arts

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// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.

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.