Improv Asylum co-owner steps aside

The change in Chet Harding’s status comes at the same time the company is assessing its structure and how it handles internal complaints.

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.

Kelly McIntyre stars in “A Night With Janis Joplin.”


Newton North product has a piece of Janis Joplin’s heart

Kelly McIntyre performs as the rock great in “A Night With Janis Joplin.”

Jennifer Ellis and George Olesky in SpeakEasy Stage’s “Shakespeare in Love.’’

Stage Review

A lively, stylish ‘Shakespeare in Love’ at SpeakEasy

The idea of theater-as-intoxicant buoys the SpeakEasy Stage production of the play adapted from the 1998 film.

Latest Theater/Dance headlines

The eruption that was the Arab Spring, seen six ways

Sulayman Al-Bassam’s “In the Eruptive Mode” consists of monologues by a half-dozen women caught in the chaos. It gets its US premiere at ArtsEmerson.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Presidential precedents, dead poets, and scary puppets

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

Ventriloquism prodigy Darci Lynne’s talent speaks for itself

The “America’s Got Talent” winner is conquering her shyness with the help of her puppet friends.

Sarah Vowell and Tony Kushner to discuss Lincoln’s (very stable) genius

The pair will offer their perspectives about the man who steered the country through the bloody Civil War and the abolition of slavery at Harvard University.

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Ashland community theater collaborative Jan. 30

The collaborative will feature theater group members discussing their latest production, “Nearly News,” a comedy focusing on the happenings at a local news station in Massachusetts.

Tim Dillon


Laugh Lines: Tim Dillon

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

In part of the performance, dancers wear masks that glitter like disco balls and have knife-like horns.

Dance Review

Hervé Koubi explores night and day at the ICA

The French choreographer’s presentation moves from the spiritual to the historical and political.

Zhu Jiejing (left) and Wang Jiajun in Shanghai Dance Theatre’s “Soaring Wings.”

Dance Review

Shanghai Dance gives its ‘Crested Ibis’ wings

Making its Boston debut, the “dance drama” is a journey to remember.

Nicholas Petricca and Walk the Moon play the House of Blues Jan. 14.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Daniel Day-Lewis stars in “Phantom Thread.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Dark designs, rough commutes, and ‘Electric Dreams’

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


From Baryshnikov, poetry in motion

Mikhail Baryshnikov’s solo performance blends the verse of his late friend, the poet Joseph Brodsky, with bursts of movement.

Globe Magazine

19 new and fun things to do for families, couples, and singles

From public art to virtual reality, baby animals to senior activities, and lots of night life options, here’s where things are happening.

Sandra Bernhard will perform in “Sandemonium” at City Winery Jan. 19.

Sandra Bernhard is bringing her one-woman show to town

The comedian/actress/singer/author segues from stories to songs in “Sandemonium.”

Annie Lederman

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Annie Lederman

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

Kathleen Madigan

Kathleen Madigan thinks it, says it, and comedy happens

The comic describes herself as “the lady at the end of the bar,” who gets her inspiration from her big family and everyday life.



Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Jan. 8-14

Kick off MLK weekend with Harlem Gospel Choir, experience Shakespearean heartbreak, and more.

Brandon Flowers and the Killers play TD Garden Jan. 7.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

In “Ada/Ava,” images created with light and shadow on a smaller screen are beamed live to a larger one above.


Mimicking film, with puppetry and a projector, in ‘Ada/Ava’

The story of elderly twins who inhabit a New England lighthouse uses old-school elements to conjure up something that feels like cinema.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in “The Post.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Breaking news, dancing feet, and nimble fingers

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

In Rohina Malik’s solo performance “Unveiled,” five Muslim women tell about facing incidents of bigotry and hate.

Onstage, a revealing perspective of Muslim women

Rohina Malik performs all the roles in “Unveiled,” a solo play she was determined to write.

Tone Bell

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Tone Bell

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

“A lot of the story is based on my own experiences,” says Vichet Chum of “Knyum.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

In ‘Knyum,’ a search for identity begins on the overnight shift

Cambodian-American Vichet Chum’s one-man play, based on his own life, is getting its world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell.

Fireworks are part of New Year’s Eve in Boston.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Bosstones, cartoons, and New Year’s Eve

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

First Night festivities ring in the New Year

Live music by Eli “Paperboy” Reed and other bands, comedy shows from ImprovBoston, ice sculptures, and a variety of other cultural events are among the many attractions.

Gary Gulman will perform at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford New Year’s Eve.

Work on New Year’s Eve? Gary Gulman is fine with that.

The Peabody native has built his following the old-fashioned way, with steady gigs in stand-up.

Sam Morril will perform two shows at Laugh Boston on New Year’s Eve.

Your best comedy picks in the Boston area for New Year’s Eve

Whether your taste leans toward improv or stand-up, there are plenty of shows on New Year’s Eve to leave 2017 behind with a smile on your face.

Steven Rose from Ice Effects worked on a shark that is part of a nautical themed piece of ice work to be on display in Boston for First Night 2017.

Everything you need to know about First Night/First Day Boston 2018

There’s a lot to see and do at this year’s celebration, which is free and open to all. Here are some key things to know if you plan to go.

Sam Morril

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Sam Morril

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Friday through Sunday.

Michael Strahan hosts “The $100,000 Pyramid.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Things a critic might say about ‘Pyramid’

Of all the vintage game shows that ABC is pulling out from the back of the closet,I’m most happy to have “The $100,000 Pyramid” back in rotation.

Marshall Crenshaw plays Club Passim Dec. 28.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is at the Shubert Theatre.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Nutcrackers, Peanuts, ice queens, and crack-ups

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

Maria Bamford


The 10 best stand-up specials of 2017

In a year when the new normal was no laughing matter, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Jerry Seinfeld, and seven other comics offered a weird, wonderful respite.

“Bangsokol” honors the victims of the Cambodian genocide, which ravaged the Southeast Asian country from 1975 to 1979.

music review

Cambodian arts take center stage in ‘Bangsokol’

The multimedia production honored the many who perished under dictator Pol Pot.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Jim Colliton

A joke from the comic, who plays the Best of Laugh Boston shows at Laugh Boston Thursday through Saturday.

Kurtis Blow is MC for “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker,” at the Shubert Theatre Thursday through Saturday.


Kurtis Blow is MC, but those beats are Tchaikovsky’s

The pioneering rap artist comes to town with “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker.”

Kseniya Melyukhina as Sugar Plum Fairy in Tony Williams’s “Urban Nutcracker.”

Dance Review

Lively ‘Urban Nutcracker’ captures true meaning of the season

From pop-and-lock moves to lofty arabesques, this contemporary take on the dance classic is a homespun charmer with heart.

“Wonder Wheel,” a new film from Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse.

The Year in Arts 2017

Globe critics’ roundtable: How do we weigh sex misconduct allegations when taking the measure of art?

As allegations of sexual harassment and abuse permeate every field, it raises questions for critics.

Fall Arts preview

A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

Dancers performed a routine in “Funny Uncle Cabaret.”

dance review

Dance double-bill ranges from poignant to hilarious

An irreverent spin on holiday fare was presented by David Parker and the Bang Group teaming with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion.

17socalendar - Actor Neil McGarry performs a one-man theatrical version of Dickens

Mark Your Calendar

One-man play invokes the spirit of Christmases past

Critically acclaimed actor Neil McGarry reprises his one-man version of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” at Plymouth Center for the Fine Arts.

Kate Shindle in “Fun Home.”

The Year in Arts 2017

Amid a Trump din, other voices rang out onstage

From “Fun Home’’ to “American Moor’’ to “Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women,’’ 2017 was a year of speaking up and speaking out on Boston stages.

The Year in Arts 2017

Top 10 dance performances of 2017

Critic’s picks for the best performances in Boston and beyond.

The Year in Arts 2017

Don Aucoin’s Top 10 theater picks for 2017

“Fun Home,’’ “The Color Purple,’’ “Merrily We Roll Along’’ were among the standouts of 2017.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

// The Kennedy Institute opens

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

special section

// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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