Stage review

‘Breath & Imagination’ gives voice to a remarkable life

Mike Ritter/Ritterbin Photography

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

Art Review

//[2]-3665.jpg 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.

Thomas W. Lentz, director of the Harvard Art Museums.


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.

Benton Greene and Jenny Jules  in “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3.”

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.

The Jackson Five is one of many famous acts depicted in the musical.

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.

“Genesis, 1956,” taken by photographer Frederick Sharpe when he was 7 years old.

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

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.

laugh lines

A joke from Paula Poundstone

Comic Poundstone makes us laugh.

Jesse Nager plays Smokey Robinson in “Motown: The Musical” at the Opera House.

Smokey’s really got a hold on him

A chat with Somerville native Jesse Nager, who plays Smokey Robinson in “Motown: The Musical” now at the Opera House.

Critics’ picks: theater, dance, arts

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


// 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.

Frame by Frame

// Courbet’s ‘Woman With a Cat’ spurred by competition

More than an attractive painting of a woman with a cuddly companion, Courbet’s piece hinted at a schism between the painter and his rivals.

// The library, illuminated anew, in bold Mass MoCA show

“Bibliotecaphilia,” on view at Mass MoCA, explores ideas of the library as a space.

Dance Review

// ‘Three Acts’ puts a spotlight on American life

The show offers, among other things, the dancers talking and the radio host dancing. But that’s just the start.


// In ‘Motown: The Musical,’ Gordy captures his life on stage

“Motown,” which opens at the Opera House on Tuesday, attempts to tell the tale of the storied record label through the eyes of the man who founded it, Berry Gordy Jr.

// Beaty’s ‘Breath & Imagination’ celebrates a life that shouldn’t be forgotten

Daniel Beaty’s musical is about Roland Hayes, the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist.

// ‘Father’ sent Parks on an odyssey

With “Father Comes Home From the Wars,” what Suzan-Lori Parks has unfolded is a Homeric epic of three interwoven stories.

Art Review

// Boroson manufactures elemental journey at Mass MoCA

In “Plastic Fantastic,” now on view at Mass MoCA in North Adams, the artist Lee Boroson uses artificial ingredients to conjure nature’s marvels.

// ‘Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host’ blends dance and storytelling

Ira Glass, the charismatic host of NPR’s “This American Life,” teamed up with choreographer-dancer Monica Bill Barnes and dancer Anna Bass.


// Week ahead: Theater, arts

Globe reviewers offer a guide to area productions, including “Saint Joan.’’

Local galleries


// Sightlines, salt, and silvery light enchant in current shows

Architect Shane Neufeld constructs illusion of depth in paintings that draw the eye at Alpha Gallery .

The Year in Arts

special section

// 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

special section

// 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.