Theater

Sara Bareilles’s songcraft the perfect ingredient for ‘Waitress’

Kayana Szymczack for the boston globe, photo illustration Ryan Huddle/Globe Staff

The Grammy-nominated artist known for such hits as “Brave” composed the songs for this film to musical adaptation.

Comedy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/LB3.jpg Lewis Black comes by his yelling honestly

Black is performing within shouting distance Sunday at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/misbegotten_05.jpg Audra McDonald tackles O’Neill’s ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’

The six-time Tony winner is starring in her first role in a Eugene O’Neill play and she can cut an imposing presence when she wants.

Art Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/FredUhlBall_Envelope_1980_Enameloncopper_3.75x6.5in_PhotobyJairoRamirez_CollectionoftheEnamelArtsFoundation.jpg Lustrous enamel, past and present, on view at Fuller

“Little Dreams in Glass and Metal”offers a new view of a unique art form commonly overlooked in recent decades.

Rise

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WillSmalley.jpg Comedian Will Smalley took one big step, and then another

It wasn’t until after he came out as gay in his 20s that the Boston comic got the courage to go onstage and try comedy.

Photography review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Hartley-Cannes.jpg At Bates, portraits of a painter and Maine landscapes

Photographic portraits of the painter Marsden Hartley and the work of four contemporary photographers are on display.

Dance review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/StarsOfAmericanBallet_2015cDuggan_01.jpg Dancers are truly the stars in Daniel Ulbricht program

At under two hours, the evening isn’t too long, but feels unnecessarily padded with some “lite” fare for such seasoned dancers.

Kana Kimura and Clifton Brown performed with vocalist John Boehr.

Christopher Duggan

Dance review

Jessica Lang Dance’s ‘Wanderer’ is a wonder at Jacob’s Pillow

In her evening-length dance, choreographer Jessica Lang has created a true work of art.

Ashley Brown as Eliza Doolittle and Jeff McCarthy as Professor Higgins in “My Fair Lady.”

Stage review

At Cape Playhouse, ‘Lady’ is a knockout

Director Hunter Foster’s remount, starring Ashley Brown and Jeff McCarthy, is utterly faithful yet utterly fresh.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/_DSC2309A.jpg Farm to Ballet Project features dancing on grass

The group will perform seven times around Vermont this summer, starting Aug. 1, at farms including including Philo Ridge and Shelburne Farms.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/11403053_10204343788181853_5543623388277768291_n.jpg Teen contestant hopes arts education is a winning platform

Alexandra Berube, 17, of Methuen is representing Massachusetts this week in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Stage Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/chin072815KingLear_art3.jpg In ‘King Lear,’ Lyman is king of the Common

Lyman’s towering performance offers the satisfying spectacle of a great actor putting his own distinctive stamp on a classic role.

Art Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/long02-crop(1).jpg Playful, interactive art comes to Boston Harbor Islands

The massive effort celebrates the history, legend, wildlife, and natural beauty of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands.

Special section

summer arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Sandcastle%20fin2_150-3748.jpg 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.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/474378770[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

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

Local galleries

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/HoardeGalvanEverythingInItsRightPlaceView1.jpg Four current shows offer energy and enchantment

Solving puzzles at Carroll and Sons; envisioning nature at Miller Yezerski; movable feasts at Robert Klein Gallery.