Colonial Theatre to reopen in 2018 with ‘Moulin Rouge’

After millions of dollars in renovations to the venerable Boston theater, a world-premiere musical will kick off a bid to make the Colonial once again a venue for pre-Broadway tryouts.

Boston Book Festival, set for Saturday, seeks to make sense of ‘Where We Find Ourselves’

Many of the sessions will offer perspectives on travel and the concept of home, finding oneself by engaging with literature, and where we as a nation find ourselves politically.

Carly Gold as Small Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, and Kate Shindle as Alison in “Fun Home.”

The Weekender: ‘Fun Home,’ funny guys, and Pooh bears

Your guide to the best things to do in Boston and beyond.

Bruce Springsteen in “Springsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York.

Critic’s Notebook

A lifetime of connection with Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen is on Broadway in a transcendent evening of songs, stories, and ruminations, performed almost completely solo.

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Dance

Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

COMEDY REVIEW

A familiar, comfortable feel at Comics Come Home

Saturday’s fund-raiser for The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care featured a surprise jam with Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, and John Mayer.

Dance

Dance: A former ‘Nutcracker’ principal has a new role — mentor

Miranda Weese’s charges are the 8- to 14-year-olds who’ll be performing in Boston Ballet’s production this year.

Theater

Wendt’s journey from ‘Cheers’ to Christmas cheer

The actor famed for his role as Norm Peterson will play Santa Claus in the Boston production of “Elf the Musical.’’

Theater

Holiday theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday productions, including “Black Nativity,’’ “Fox Fables,’’ and “A Christmas Carol.’’

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 20-26

“The Color Purple,” Tubas at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and more.

John Doyle is directing the touring production of “The color Purple.”

A different palette for a restaged ‘Color Purple’

Director John Doyle has earned raves for his stripped-down staging and his skill at zeroing in on the essence of its ultimate-survivor story.

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook play a Squeeze show at the Wilbur Nov. 21.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Frank Wood (left) and Brett Gelman in “Tartuffe” at Huntington Theater Company.

Stage Review

A household convulsed by a con artist in Huntington’s ‘Tartuffe’

Peter DuBois directs a production of Moliere’s 17th century comedy about a religious fraud and the wealthy man who falls for his scam.

Denis Leary at the 2015 Comics Come Home show at the

comedy

Denis Leary is playing nice (sort of)

At Saturday’s 23rd Comics Come Home show and in his new book, Leary plans to accentuate the positive.

Dana Gould

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Dana Gould

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

The cast of “In the Heights.”

Stage Review

‘In the Heights’ soars at Wheelock

Director-choreographer Rachel Bertone helms a dynamic production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pre-“Hamilton’’ musical.

Choreographer Heidi Henderson (center) with Elephant Jane dancers Karl Rogers and Christina Jane Robson.

Dance Review

The deadpan delights of Elephant Jane

The works by Heidi Henderson’s company were minimal and a little messy, but in the most intriguing ways.

Performers with Anna Myer and Dancers/beheard.world.

Dance review

Anna Myer brings ‘Shift’ to the ICA

Myer returned to the ICA on Friday to present the world premiere of her latest project.

ArtsEmerson presents Tania El Khoury's “Gardens Speak” at Emerson Paramount Center.

Stage Review

Despotism and resistance in ‘Gardens Speak,’ ‘The State of Siege’

At ArtsEmerson, Albert Camus’s overstated allegory falls short while Tania El Khoury’s sound installation haunts the conscience.

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Magazine

Five things to do, Nov. 13-19

Hurling at Fenway Park, all-female “Julius Caesar,” Thanksgiving kickoff in Plymouth, and more.

“The Life Line” is in the “Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England” show at Worcester Art Museum.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Bryn Boice (seated) directs a rehearsal of “Julius Caesar” with (from left) actors Marya Lowry, Bobbie Steinbach, Jade Guerra, and Marianna Bassham.

An all-female ‘Caesar,’ catapulted into the future

Director Bryn Boice and her team conjured a universe where all the men have been killed off or enslaved, within which Shakespeare’s play is set.

William Burden and Emma Sorenson in “The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare.”

opera review

At the BLO, it’s the bodies in question

A world premiere opera reimagines grisly events in 19th-century Edinburgh.

Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Crazy trains, dope queens, con men, and Taylor Swift

What to see and do between now and Monday.

From left: Brett Gelman, Peter DuBois, and Frank Wood before a rehearsal of “Tartuffe.”

Theater

At the Huntington, a con man for the ages — even this one

Molière’s “Tartuffe” gets a production at the Huntington Theatre.

 Tony Shalhoub

For his wife, and Brecht, Tony Shalhoub will make time

The actor is spending his day off from his starring role in a Broadway musical for a staged reading of “Fear and Misery in the Third Reich” with wife Brooke Adams.

Kelly MacFarland

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Kelly MacFarland

A joke from the comedian, who plays Boston Comedy Blowout II Saturday at the Shubert Theatre.

P. Carl

Names

P. Carl steps down from ArtsEmerson post

Recently awarded a $50,000 “Art of Change’’ fellowship from Ford Foundation, Carl is moving on to focus on creative projects.

The Boston Bhangra Competition comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 11.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 6-12

The Boston Bhangra Competition, Lynda Barry at BU, Fenway Open Studios, and more.

Tegan and Sara perform at the Orpheum Nov. 9.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

James Scruggs was inspired by his hit production “3/Fifths” to write “3/Fifths’ Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show.”

Stages

A ‘Minstrel Show’ transported to 2017

James Scruggs’s multimedia piece on race and justice unfolds through 10 scenes, including a trial in which the audience must declare a verdict.

John Mulaney

A failed sitcom could end your career, but for John Mulaney, it was just the beginning

Since ‘‘Mulaney’’ went off the air, the likable comic has released a stand-up special, starred in ‘‘Oh, Hello on Broadway,” and launched a stand-up tour, coming to the Wilbur Nov. 14-17.

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hunky vikings, new wavers, and Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty)

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Hari Kondabolu

A joke from Hari Kondabolu, who plays the Wilbur Friday.

Trump suggests Michael Moore’s Broadway debut was a flop

President Donald Trump has set his sights on a new target: filmmaker and Trump critic Michael Moore.

Laura Latreille and Eliott Purcell in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.’’

Stage Review

‘Curious Incident’ lands with impact on a smaller stage

Though a touring production at the Opera House this year was spectacular, SpeakEasy director Paul Daigneault’s staging of the play more than stands on its own merits.

Janet Jackson will perform at TD Garden Sunday, Nov. 5.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Janet Jackson at the TD Garden, “Peter and the Wolf” at Symphony Hall, cheese in Somerville, and more.

“The core of the play is the idea of misunderstanding — how well-meaning people can try to convey the horror of war but then fail at it, miserably,” says playwright Guillermo Calderón.

In Syria-inspired ‘Kiss,’ misinterpreting the language of war

In Guillermo Calderón’s play-within-a-play at ArtsEmerson, an earnest group of actors get it all wrong.

Will McGarrahan and Leigh Barrett in “Souvenir,” which is at Lyric Stage through Nov. 19.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond at a “Mean Girls” rehearsal.

Tina Fey transforms her cult classic ‘Mean Girls’ into a musical

The show, on which Fey is collaborating with her husband, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin, gets a tryout run in Washington before an official Broadway opening in April.

“Saturday Night Live” writer and “Weekend Update” coanchor Colin Jost is at the Wilbur Saturday night.

Things to Do

The Weekender: An ‘SNL’ anchor, emo heroes, and ’80s immersion

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Colin Jost at the Emmy Awards in September.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Colin Jost

A joke from the “Weekend Update” anchor, who plays the Wilbur Saturday.

Lee Mikeska Gardner and Celeste Oliva in “The Revolutionists.”

Stage Review

In Nora Theatre’s ‘The Revolutionists,’ four women who persist

Lauren Gunderson’s play throws together a feminist playwright, an anti-slavery activist, an assassin, and Marie Antoinette.

Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan star in “Souvenir” at Lyric Stage.

Stage Review

An exquisite duet in Lyric Stage’s ‘Souvenir’

Ten years after appearing in its original Lyric production, Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan re-team for this funny, touching play about Florence Foster Jenkins and her accompanist.

In choreographer Faye Driscoll’s “Thank You for Coming: Play,” performers change out of streetclothes and into costuming.

Dance Review

Faye Driscoll gets ‘Play’-ful at the ICA

The choreographer’s “Thank You for Coming: Play” is painfully serious, and pretentious to boot.

At Berklee, Mr. McGhee wrote popular saxophone method books and taught generations of young musicians.

Andy McGhee, 89, big band saxophonist who taught at Berklee

Mr. McGhee played with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman.

Roy Dotrice poses with his Tony award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in

Roy Dotrice, 94, prolific actor and Tony winner

Mr. Dotrice, who began performing as a prisoner of war in Germany, worked in Britain and America for six decades, notably in one-man shows.

Carly Gold as Small Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, and Kate Shindle as Alison in “Fun Home.”

Stage Review

In a superb ‘Fun Home,’ pain and beauty live side by side

The Tony-winning musical about a lesbian cartoonist and her late father is a wrenching journey of memory and self-discovery, laced with wit and humor.

Samuel H. Levine (left) and McKinley Belcher III in “A Guide for the Homesick.”

Stage Review

‘Guide for the Homesick’ an absorbing tale of conscience and connection

Two men struggle with personal guilt in world premiere of a drama by Ken Urban at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice in the New Repertory Theatre production of “Oleanna.”

theater review

In New Rep’s ‘Oleanna,’ a power play in academia

David Mamet’s play focuses on a showdown between a female undergraduate and a male professor.

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.