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Holiday Arts Preview

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

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/KAP_2492.jpg ‘Rudolph’ makes the leap from small screen to stage

Faithfulness to the TV special has been the driving force in producer Bob Penola’s work developing “Rudolph” for the stage.

dance

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/wiggs_atkins_169812.jpg Helping tiny feet learn steps in Boston Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Before one tiny foot steps onto the Boston Opera House stage, it takes dozens of hours of rehearsal for the 215 young dancers.

“Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair” (circa 1877).

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

Art Review

Small, intense Met Museum exhibit among the year’s finest

“Madame Cezanne” takes us straight to the beating heart of modernist aesthetics.

Rise

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Bethany-2SMALL.jpg Comic Bethany van Delft in touch with her inner nerd

Van Delft is hip and grounded like Aisha Tyler but with a more laid-back delivery.

The ticket: Theater

Globe reviewers offer a guide to area productions, including “Happy Days,” “Bad Jews,’’ and “The Real Thing.’’

The ticket: Art

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

paul strand

Photography review

Paul Strand making photography modern

“Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a magnificent retrospective.

stage review

Tyson makes it a memorable ‘Trip to Bountiful’

Cicely Tyson is sublime in Horton Foote’s drama at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

The ticket: Dance

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

Actor and playwright  Charles Busch in his Greenwich Village apartment.

Stage Review

At Lyric Stage, an updated ‘Allergist’s Wife’

Actor and playwright Charles Busch’s career breakthrough, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” gets an update at the Lyric Stage Company.

STAGE REVIEW

A tour de force by Brooke Adams in ‘Happy Days’

Adams as Winnie in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production is one of the best performances this year.

Models in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” include a 1950s Greyhound Scenicruiser (top left), a 1929 Golden Arrow car (top right), and 1934 Burlington Zephyr train.

Art Review

Transported by transportation at the MFA

“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, takes a transporting look at transportation.

From left: Cicely Tyson, Arthur French, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell in Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.”

Stages

For Tyson, it’s been a long but rewarding trip to ‘Bountiful’

Cicely Tyson is in the midst of a two-year journey in a watershed role, playing Carrie Watts in “The Trip to Bountiful.”

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

Stage Review

In ‘Phèdre,’ troupe searches for the human connection

The Actors’ Shakespeare Project production is the result of an accumulation of various artistic perspectives.

Above: Wil Moser (front) and Andrew Barbato rehearsing for the New Repertory Theatre’s “The Little Prince.” Below: Nick Sulfaro and director Ilyse Robbins discuss a scene.

‘Little Prince’ teen is enjoying the journey

Fifteen-year-old Wil Moser plays the Little Prince in the New Repertory Theatre production based on the classic novella.

photography review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Schmigel-SubwayTriptych-300dpi.jpg At the deCordova, socializing with the camera

“The Social Medium” in question at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is photography.

Harvard Art Museums

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//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.

Local galleries

Galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Evans_circumjacentoffsetloweredgeredorangeochergray.jpg With artist Franklin Evans, an immersive experience

Franklin Evans drops viewers into his own weird wonderland.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/15753056785_35c4798896_o.jpg Week ahead: Theater, Arts

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin and other reviewers offer a guide to area productions.

Visual art

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.