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Art Review

Varejao’s fleshy, grisly art unconvincing at the ICA

Top: Adriana Varejao’s “Polvo Portraits I,” a series of self-portraits with differing skin tones. Above: “Wall With Incisions a la Fontana-horizontal.”

Violetta Markelou

Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao is represented by works more compelling in concept than in practice.

Andrea McArdle (left) and Donna McKechnie are two of the “4 Girls 4” lineup.

Along with signature songs, expect some ‘Girl’ talk

Broadway veterans are appearing onstage at “4 Girls 4: A Christmas Together.”

Wil Moser (left), as the title character, with Andrew Barbato in “The Little Prince.’’

Stage review

At New Rep, ‘Little Prince’ tumbles to earth

The New Repertory Theatre’s earnest actors can’t overcome the weaknesses of Rick Cummins’s and John Scoullar’s musical adaptation.

Jason Bowen and Paula Plum in the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of “Phèdre.”

Stage Review

Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents a puzzling ‘Phèdre’

The actors, under the direction of M. Bevin O’Gara, aren’t all on the same page, and there’s a fair bit of grandstanding in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s “Phèdre.”

From left: Casey Preston, Qya Marie, Darcie Champagne, Paul Melendy star in the latest Gold Dust Orphans project.

Stages

In Gold Dust Orphans’ holiday sendup, Melendy has it covered

Paul Melendy’s character in the Orphans’ holiday show is his second most outrageous role of the year.

Stage Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Joel,Zaven,Ellen,Marina.jpg An unwieldy ‘Allergist’s Wife’ at Lyric Stage

While “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife’’ is sporadically entertaining, the overall sensation is of having your arm twisted rather than being beguiled into laughter.

Opera Review

‘Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night,’ ‘A Water Bird Talk’ shine with their soloists

Odyssey Opera’s double bill of one-singer, one-act operas was nominally about marriage: a sin of omission in the former, of commission in the latter.

Dance Review

Ronald K. Brown explores whole of human experience

Choreographer Ronald K. Brown takes his audiences to church — but it isn’t stuffy or preachy or hobbled by any particular kind of dogma.

Stage Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/23Ghost205.jpg Mellencamp, King lost in shadows of ‘Darkland County’

“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is less a Southern-gothic tragedy than a Frankenstein’s monster of lumpy plot devices and self-referential awkwardness.

stage review

From Ruby Wax, a rapid-fire take on the need to slow down

In her new show, “Sane New World,” comedienne Ruby Wax is a woman on a mission.

Karen Almond Photography

special section

Holiday Arts Preview

“Rudolph” lights up the stage, tiny feet learn “The Nutcracker,” plus 50 critics’ picks.

Harvard Art Museums

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/02/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/harvardart.jpg Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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

2014 Museums Special

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/WEBmuseumscover.jpg Museum Special

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

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/AP1303300873.jpg Week ahead: Theater, arts

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

Local galleries

Galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/3_Fujiwara_Pieta_ARG.jpg Fujiwara tweaks societal stereotypes at Carpenter Center

In a new exhibition at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center, the artist Simon Fujiwara overturns societal, cultural, and sexual stereotypes.

Other performing arts

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.