‘Waitress’ a confection with a few too many missing ingredients

This tale of a diner waitress who hopes to escape her lousy marriage by winning the $20,000 prize in a pie-baking contest has its moments, but not enough to overcome its weaknesses.

From left: Tonasia Jones, Kerline Desir, Dayenne C. Byron Walters, Ciera-Sade Wade, Thomika Marie Bridwell, Karimah Williams, and Verna Hampton.

Stage REview

‘For Colored Girls’ has an enduring resonance

A new production at Hibernian Hall illustrates the continuing power of Ntozake Shange’s “choreopoem’’ about the lives of women of color.

“We’re trying to provide a ballet education as a means to enriching lives,” choreographer José Mateo says of his passion for teaching dance.

For José Mateo, a new direction in dance

The prolific choreographer plans to retire as artistic director of his ballet company in order to focus on outreach and educational programs.

Sara Bareilles with David Josefsberg (left) and Jason Mraz in a “Waitress” curtain call at New York’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre in November.

theater

‘Waitress’ has served Sara Bareilles well

Known as a singer-songwriter, she hadn’t written for musical theater until Diane Paulus came calling. And now she’s performing those songs on Broadway.

Latest Theater/Dance headlines

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

With ‘S,’ Circa reshapes notions of how bodies can bend and balance

The Australian troupe occupies a space where dance and the circus arts intersect.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Waitresses, prison guards, and princesses

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Claudia Rankine wants us to talk — really talk — about race, so she wrote ‘The White Card’

The play from the poet who wrote “Citizen” is getting its world premiere in Boston, under the direction of Diane Paulus.

Stages

‘Orlando’ crosses centuries, continents, genders

Playwright Sarah Ruhl, who adapted Virginia Woolf’s novel, says the writer “couldn’t have imagined the trans movement, but she relished the idea that the mind of the artist is androgynous.”

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Director Bridget Kathleen O’Leary (right) works with actor Veronica Duerr, who plays Zoe, during a rehearsal of “Ripe Frenzy.”

In this fictional town, the consequences of a school shooting are all too real

Jennifer Barclay’s “Ripe Frenzy” could be considered prescient if the event it describes wasn’t so depressingly routine.

Jess Salomon

Laugh Lines: Jess Salomon

A joke from the comic, who plays CitySide Comedy Monday night.

Elsa from “Frozen” is among the performers in “Dare to Dream.”

Stage Review

At Disney on Ice’s ‘Dare to Dream,’ girls rule

It’s fascinating to follow the evolution of the independent woman through Disney’s eyes, on skates no less.

Steven Barkhimer and Mara Sidmore in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of “Richard III,” at Swedenborg Chapel through March 11.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Chadwick Boseman in “Black Panther.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: The protector of Wakanda, god of funk, and king of England

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Matthew Broussard

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Thursday through Saturday.

Steven Barkhimer as the title figure in “Richard III.”

Stage Review

Steven Barkhimer a magnetic — and murderous — monarch in ‘Richard III’

Barkhimer acquits himself admirably in an immensely demanding role in the Actors’ Shakespeare Project production at Cambridge’s Swedenborg Chapel.

Playwright Israel Horovitz

Names

Gloucester Stage seeks to protect actors in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Israel Horovitz

GSC’s board of directors has adopted the Chicago Theater Standards, which outline the process for filing a complaint of harassment or assault and how such incidents will be handled.

Things to do

Ideas for fun things to do around Boston

Your calendar of events, music, theater, and more for the late winter and early spring.

Haneefah Wood in “Bad Dates” at Huntington Theatre Company.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

book review

Before the deluge

Though they were written during the Obama years, Zadie Smith’s essays on politics and culture still feel insightful and relevant.

Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin’s newest tales are drawn from his own life

The author’s latest work is a memoir — he’ll be discussing it at an event in Watertown Monday — released around the same time as a documentary about his life and work.

In ‘Torrey Pines,’ making art from a misbegotten road trip

The animated film by Clyde Petersen was inspired by a cross-country journey he took with his mentally ill mother when he was 12.

Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades Freed.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Shades,’ shorts, and shows – a pre-Valentine preparedness kit

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Director Brooks Reeves calls ‘Winter Solstice’ “a cross between a play, a screenplay, and a novella.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

In ‘Winter Solstice,’ fascism comes calling

The Apollinaire Theatre Company production marks Brooks Reeves’s directorial debut in Boston.

“Fancy Free” (performed here in 2012) will be on an all-Bernstein program Aug. 18 at Tanglewood.

A Forsythe premiere and centennial salute highlight Boston Ballet’s season

The 2018-19 season will also include two familiar story ballets, George Balanchine’s “Coppélia” and Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella.”

Jenny Zigrino

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Jenny Zigrino

A joke from Jenny Zigrino, who plays Laugh Boston Thursday through Saturday.

Flora Diaz and Mark Torres in “Death and the Maiden.”

Stage Review

A man, and a nation, on trial in ‘Death and the Maiden’

A woman confronts the man she believes was her captor in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of Ariel Dorfman’s 1990 drama.

Flamboyant gestures marked the performance by BJM / Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.

dance review

Canadian dance troupe does not rest on its past

The performance by BJM/Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre started in mesmerizing slow motion and then burst into a nearly non-stop blast of kinetic energy.

“Americas : Veritas” is part of “Renée Green: Within Living Memory” at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Colin Quinn is bringing his “One in Every Crowd” show to the Wilbur.

Comedy

In Colin Quinn’s view, Americans just weren’t meant for one another

The comedian is bringing his “One in Every Crowd” show to the Wilbur, with reflections on our imperfect union.

Compagnie Accrorap presents Kader Attou’s “The Roots” at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Big games, French kicks, and pop smarts

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Haneefah Wood in “Bad Dates” at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Stage Review

Looking for Mr. Right, and the right pair of shoes, in ‘Bad Dates’

Haneefah Wood sparkles as a single woman reentering the dating world in a remount of Theresa Rebeck’s solo comedy at the Huntington Theatre.

Mary Michael Patterson (top center) and ensemble in “Love Never Dies.”

Stage Review

In ‘Love Never Dies,’ a change of scenery for the Phantom and Christine

“The Phantom of the Opera” sequel onstage at the Boston Opera House reunites the star-crossed couple a decade later at a Coney Island carnival.

The 10-member cast of “Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True.’’

Stage Review

Stories of abuse and resistance in ‘Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True’

Real-life stories of Nigerian women inspired the production now onstage at American Repertory Theater.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Shawn Carter

A joke from the comic, who plays Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den Saturday.

Kadahj Bennett, Rachel Cognata, and Michael Knowlton in “Hype Man: a break beat play.”

Stage Review

Questions of racial justice and ambition energize a superb ‘Hype Man’

A world premiere by Idris Goodwin at Company One Theatre explores the impact of a police shooting on a hip-hop trio.

The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

Barry Crimmins

NAMES

Comedians respond to news that Barry Crimmins has cancer

The comedian, whose wife is also battling lymphoma, received well-wishes from many of his fans and friends.

“Dança Sinfônica” was one of two new works Grupo Corpo brought to the Shubert Theatre.

Dance Review

Grupo Corpo dazzles with strength and vulnerability

The fabulous dancers of Grupo Corpo offered two works in their Celebrity Series engagement Friday night that really drilled home the Brazilian company’s appealing aesthetic and dazzling energy.

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Former vice president Joe Biden speaks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on November 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Biden addressed the consequences of U.S. disengagement from world leadership at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Joe Biden discusses his recent memoir, “Beauty & the Beast,” free chili in Harvard Square, and more.

Catherine Gowl in “In the Eruptive Mode.”

Stage Review

A stirring ‘In the Eruptive Mode’ at ArtsEmerson

Playwright-director Sulayman Al-Bassam tells tales of endurance.

A “Moulin Rouge” poster was placed in the lightboxes at the Colonial Theatre in November by Steven Ehrenberg (top) and Justin Bolla.

Colonial Theatre to reopen June 27 with ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’

The world-premiere production has its sights set on Broadway.

Meghan Picerno, as Christine, and Gardar Thor Cortes, as the Phantom, in “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”

THEATER

‘Love Never Dies’ returns Lloyd Webber to his anguished Phantom

The sequel to the composer’s blockbuster musical continues the story a decade later and transports it to Coney Island.

French hip-hop pioneer Kader Attou and his Compagnie Accrorap will present “The Roots” at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Feb. 2-3.

DANCE

Taking a leap with French hip-hop, fiery flamenco, and romantic ballet

Critic’s picks for 10 top dance performances around the Boston area.

Justin Peck (with Boston Ballet dancers) is the choreographer of “In Creases,” the centerpiece of Boston Ballet’s “Parts in Suite” program.

Dance

Fleet and fast-rising, a choreographer arrives in Boston

Boston Ballet has wasted no time in presenting a seminal work by the hot young choreographer Justin Peck.

Richard Thomas, Therese Plaehn, Pamela Reed, Lauren Klein, Daisy Eagan, and Luis Vega in “The Humans.”

THEATER

A pie-making waitress, a Thanksgiving dinner, and two guards at the Taj Mahal

Critic’s picks for upcoming theater productions, including “The White Card,’’ “The Humans,’’ and “Every Brilliant Thing.’’

George Olesky and Jennifer Ellis star in the SpeakEasy Stage production of “Shakespeare in Love.”

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Haneefah Wood stars in Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Bad Dates.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Bad Dates,’ loud guitars, and android art

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Lisa Nguyen and Michael Tow in “Proof,” at Central Square Theater.

Stage Review

Crunching the numbers and calculating the costs in ‘Proof’

Nora Theatre Company tackles David Auburn’s Pulitzer-winning drama about a troubled genius mathematician and the daughter he leaves behind.

The cast of “HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True.’’

theater

Onstage, Nigerian women speak a truth that sets them free

Nigerian playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa’s “HEAR WORD!” confronts her country’s partiarchal culture and looks toward “what is possible.”

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.