Stage Review

At Chester, three versions of the ‘Gospel’ truth

From left: Ezra Barnes, Rik Wal-ter, and Michael Sean McGuinness as Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dic-kens, and Leo Tolstoy, respectively.

Rick Teller

Chester Theatre Company puts Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy on stage, sort of.

Amanda Collins (left) and Jennifer Ellis in “Out of Sterno.”

Stage Review

A bumpy journey of self-discovery in ‘Out of Sterno’

Amanda Collins excels as a young woman who ventures out of her apartment after seven years in Gloucester Stage Company’s newest production.

Jon Rineman performs at The Stand in Manhattan one night in June after work on  “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”

Top ‘Tonight Show’ writer Jon Rineman works hard at being funny

N.H. native and Emerson grad Jon Rineman, head monologue writer for “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” is honing his stand-up routine.

British comedian Russell Howard discovering America

Howard is happy to work in smaller venues and explore the United States.

In “Song Cycle” rehearsal: Matthew Aucoin with Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Music Review

Peabody-Essex hosts ‘Song Cycle’ with Matthew Aucoin

For “Song Cycle,” groups of spectators cycled through galleries repurposed as sets for art song performances.

Star Ryan Winkles (center) conveys little of the inner fire or psychological complexity of Shakespeare’s contradictory hero.

Stage Review

A ‘Henry V’ lacking in majesty at Shakespeare & Company

Star Ryan Winkles conveys little of the inner fire or psychological complexity of Shakespeare’s contradictory hero.

Frame by Frame

Hank Willis Thomas’s slick image masks a closed door

Hank Willis Thomas hides a sly message about race in the trappings of a slick, advertising-inspired image in “Basketball and Chain.”


Michael Conforti’s success directing the Clark Art Institute

As he approaches retirement, the director of the Clark Art Institute looks back on a period of sustained growth and financial challenge.

// At Williamstown, new life for Inge’s lost play

William Inge’s “Off the Main Road,” rediscovered in 2008, will receive its first-ever full production at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

// Museum visits can promote mindfulness

Looking at art also prompts careful viewing, which can help doctors notice more details about their patients.

Peter Smida and Emily Chessa in “Twenty Eight Thousand Waves.’’

Dance Review

Ballet BC kicks off Jacob’s Pillow festival with flair

As curiosity builds, the dancers partially undress each other, and much of their inhibitions are stripped away too.

Mark Bradford’s “Pull Painting 1.”


Bradford enters MATRIX at Wadsworth Atheneum

Commissioned to create a new piece for the Wadsworth Atheneum’s prestigious MATRIX series, Mark Bradford tore into the assignment with gusto.

Dan DeLuca (center) as Jack Kelly, leader of striking newsboys in “Newsies.”

Stage review

‘Newsies’ champions the underdog in song and dance

The Disney musical “Newsies,’’ the tale of a strike by newsboys against a powerful publisher in 1899, comes to the Boston Opera House.

Stage review

// At Gloucester Stage, Dottie gets the picture

Paula Plum directs the comedy “Out of Sterno,” about a woman who leaves her home and art projects behind on a journey of self-discovery.

photography review

// At the PRC, 13 ways of looking at the world

“Exposure,” at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, offers the work of 13 photographers.

// Behind the Scene: Getting drunk for Shakespeare

In every performance of “(Expletive)-Faced Shakespeare,” one cast member shows up drunk.

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/24/ Laugh Lines: Will Noonan

A joke from Will Noonan.

Stage review

Wrestling with ghosts in ‘Shining City’

A former priest turned therapist encounters a man who claims to have seen his wife’s ghost in “Shining City.’’

summer arts preview

Critics’ picks for the summer

The best in arts, theater, music, and TV this summer.

Special section

summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.


//[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Local galleries


// Philip Guston’s influence assessed at Steven Zevitas Gallery

The influence of Guston, who in the late 1960s abandoned Abstract Expressionism for angry, neurotic, and cartoonish images, is assessed.