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Zurin Villanueva and Gregg Mozgala in "Teenage Dick."

‘Teenage Dick’ aims to upend clichés about characters with disabilities by sending Richard III to high school

Gregg Mozgala, an actor with cerebral palsy, conceived of the story and plays the title character in the Huntington Theatre Company production that begins performances Dec. 3.

MATTHEW GILBERT
Margaret Qualley (left), Rylea Nevaeh Whittet, and Nick Robinson in "Maid."

Seen it all before? In some TV shows, repetition doesn’t always mean lack of imagination.

In shows like "Maid" and "The Shrink Next Door," we’re meant to feel the characters' frustration, their sense of neurotically replaying a bad situation, their anxiety at seeing no exit.

TELEVISION
Uzo Aduba in "Mrs. America," one of many acclaimed shows available on Hulu.

Black Friday promotion may have customers streaming to Hulu

The deal — 99 cents per month for a year — is quite a drop from the usual fee of $6.99 per month.

BOOK REVIEW

Stop romanticizing World War II, a historian urges

Elizabeth D. Samet will make plenty of people angry with “Looking for the Good War.” In her searching analysis of changing American attitudes toward World War II over the course of 75 years, she characterizes its current glorification as “shaped…by nostalgia, sentimentality, and jingoism.” Instead, she wants readers to rethink the war and look more carefully at the mythology left in its wake.

BIBLIOPHILES
Mo Willems.

Mo Willems loves books on artists and Genghis Khan

When asked how many books he’s published, the prolific illustrator and author doesn’t give an exact number. “Over 50. I love them all equally.” He’s published at least three since August alone: “Doodling 101,” “Opposites Attract,” essentially an art book for the under-2 set, and “Guess What,” a new addition in his Unlimited Squirrels series. He talked with us about his own reading habits.

BOOK REVIEW

Fun with languages from Lydia Davis

“All art is quite useless,” according to Oscar Wilde, but even the jolt conveyed by that artful line means art does something, and so it must have some use. Or maybe it just feels useful — I don’t know; how useful is a short story compared to a spoon? The essays of Lydia Davis are helpful on this subject.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
Meg Reynolds's book of poetry comics documents a year post-break-up.

A post-breakup poetry collection and more local award-winning authors

All the bookish news from around the region.

DANCE
Soloist Isaac Akiba has performed 13 different roles in Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" over 22 years.

He’s performed in ‘The Nutcracker’ for 22 years, and as Boston Ballet returns to the Opera House stage, he’s ready to leap again

After getting injured in 2019, the last time the company performed the holiday classic live, soloist Isaac Akiba is prepared for the thrill of Tchaikovsky.


Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in "House of Gucci."

Holiday weekend watch guide: Movies and TV shows you can go see or stream

Thursday is Thanksgiving. If your plans include some TV time, here’s a guide on what to watch, stream, and go see in theaters this weekend.

BOOK REVIEW
Author Claire Keegan.

A new Claire Keegan book is cause for celebration

“Small Things Like These” is an ideal title for this exquisite novella in which Keegan closely attends to the daily life of a modest County Wexford coal vendor.

THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
illo of dick lehr for books

‘White Hot Hate’ in the heartland

Dick Lehr's new book, in which he tells the story of Dan Day, is the result of an accidental meeting.

BOOKINGS
Lily King (”Five Tuesdays in Winter”) is in conversation with Julia Glass at 7 p.m. Thursday at Belmont Books.

Author readings for Nov. 28 - Dec. 4

All author appearances are virtual unless otherwise noted.

ArtsBoston executive director Catherine Peterson, shown at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts.

At ArtsBoston, a pandemic pivot

Catherine Peterson says her organization has taken on a host of new, mission-defining responsibilities, from assisting smaller arts organizations to better understanding how the pandemic is affecting audience behaviors.

BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ending Nov. 21

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

MOVIE REVIEW | ★★★★
As shown in "The Beatles: Get Back," the band performs their 1969 rooftop concert at Apple Corps headquarters in London.

‘The Beatles: Get Back’ captures an extraordinary month in the life

Peter Jackson's 7½-hour documentary is an astonishingly up close and engrossing view of the Beatles and their creative process.

TELEVISION
Liev Schreiber in "Ray Donovan."

Two years on, ‘Ray Donovan’ will wrap up the right way

“Ray Donovan: The Movie” will premiere on Showtime on Jan. 14. It will pick up where the show left off, with the regular cast of actors returning.