Stage Review

Company One’s ‘Astro Boy’ a sci-fi parable with punch

Clark Young plays Japanese manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka, the inspiration for Natsu Onoda Power’s “Astro Boy and the God of Comics.”

Liza Voll Photography

“Astro Boy and the God of Comics’’ is inspired by the life and work of cartoonist Osamu Tezuka, a pioneer in the Japanese comic-book style known as manga.

Frame by Frame

‘Diana and Stag Automaton’ at the MFA

The Kunstkammer gallery overflows with fascinating objects, elaborately crafted from rare or unusual materials.

Marjorie Salvaterra’s “The Weight of Water I.”

Photography review

The jury isn’t out at the Griffin Museum

Three new shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography run through the end of August.

Stage Review

Political comic-drama ‘Invasion’ provides a jolt

Confusion, misinterpretation, cultural stereotypes and racial profiling all take a hit in “Invasion.”

Above: Sean Lair, Ethan Bremner (the Bear), and Lindsay Conrad in rehearsal for the Boston Midsummer Opera production of Bedrich Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride,” to be presented in English with a translation by J.D. McClatchy.

Stage Review

Boston Midsummer Opera revives Smetana

Harlow Robinson previews a new staging of Smetana’s opera “The Bartered Bride” and interviews translator J.D. McClatchy.

Garry Winogrand photographed this woman (and the grinning men behind her) on a New York sidewalk in 1965.

Photography Review

The gale force of Garry Winogrand

“Garry Winogrand,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, offers a new look at a great photographer.

Rise

For Sam Jay, comedy isn’t just an act

JAy has frequently stolen the show at the Comedy Studio with her effortless honesty and confidence.

From left: Walton Wilson, Barbara Sims, Corinna May, and David Adkins play two couples in Berkshire Theatre Group’s “Benefactors.”

STage Review

Best-laid plans go awry in ‘Benefactors’

In Michael Frayn’s “Benefactors,’’ now at Berkshire Theatre Group, the road to marital misery is paved with good intentions — and a few bad ones.

Top: Half of the 30 paintings by Anselm Kiefer that comprise “Velimir Chlebnikov.”
Above: Detail of Kiefer’s sculpture “Etroits sont les Vaisseaux” (“Narrow Are the Vessels”).

Arthur Evans

Art Review

Kiefer conjures history, irony, and myth at Mass MoCA

Anselm Kiefer’s historically pungent paintings and weighty sculptures are currently on display in a new facility funded by the Hall Art Foundation.

Arianda, Rockwell get in the mood for ‘Love’ at Williamstown

Nina Arianda,Sam Rockwell, and director Daniel Aukin bring “Fool for Love” to the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Creating a new look for ‘Twelfth Night’ on the Common

Director Steven Maler found inspiration in Miami for the setting of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production.

‘Golem’ a world premiere for Barrington Stage

“The Golem of Havana” centers on an immigrant family of Hungarian Jews who sought refuge in Cuba after the Holocaust.

Dance REview

A glamorous who’s who in ‘BALLET 2014’ at Jacob’s Pillow

The program includes a marvelous performance of Jerome Robbins’s “Fancy Free.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/kreiter_comedycamp1_g.jpg Young ImprovBoston campers get lessons in timing — and confidence

Among the most popular of the theater group’s array of classes are its weeklong improv sessions for children and teens.

Photography review

Two different views of Britain, Ireland at Yale

Photographs of Britain and Ireland by Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro are at the Yale Center for British Art.

Stage REview

It’s easy to fall in love with Nora’s ‘Her Aching Heart’

In the Nora Theatre production at Central Square Theater, Lynn R. Guerra and Aimee Rose Ranger bring Helstone Hall to delectable life.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Gallery263_Folk_3_Birnbaum_Meg_300dpi.jpg The week ahead: Performing and visual arts

Critics’ picks of theater productions and art shows, including “Folk” at Gallery 263.

Local galleries

Galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/jeffhuckleberry_228.jpg Huckleberry, Koetsch immerse themselves in work

A survey of the local gallery scene, including shows by Jeff Huckleberry and Geoffrey Koetsch.

Summer Arts Preview

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WEBsummerartsfront-6592--90x90.jpg The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.