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STAGES
Will LeBow, David Adkins, and Keira Naughton in rehearsal for David Mamet's "The Christopher Boy's Communion" at Great Barrington Public Theater.

A new Mamet play and a new Berkshires theater are well-matched

Playwright David Mamet and Great Barrington Public Theater cofounder Jim Frangione are longtime friends and collaborators.

ARTS
Maurice Emmanuel Parent (foreground) directed Davron S. Monroe (center) in a rehearsal of "Breath & Imagination," a 2018 co-production of Front Porch Arts Collective and Lyric Stage Company.

Front Porch partners with the Huntington Theatre with an aim toward becoming a sustainable Black arts organization

Front Porch, founded in 2016, will embed at the Huntington, where its leaders plan to build their company's infrastructure while acting as a sounding board.

A scene from New Repertory Theatre's "Hair," the last production staged by the theater before the pandemic ended its 2020 season.

New Repertory Theatre suspends operations as leaders assess its future

Pandemic-driven revenue losses have created uncertainty at one of the Boston area’s most prominent theaters.

DANCE REVIEW
Brian Brooks/Moving Company in "Closing Distance" at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Brian Brooks/Moving Company gets back in touch at Jacob’s Pillow

After so much isolation, the company's "Closing Distance" feels particularly satisfying.

CULTURAL COMEBACK
Katie Most, manager of the Calderwood Pavilion for the Huntington Theatre Company, said the theater has upgraded its air filtration system.

When audiences return to theaters, some changes will be apparent, others invisible

Wine in cans. Bags checked by artificial intelligence. High-tech air filtration systems. Add a river of hand sanitizer, and these are just a few of the changes in store.

CULTURAL COMEBACK
Dan Boulger onstage at Laugh Boston soon after the Seaport comedy club reopened.

Comedy venues are all smiles after a sooner-than-expected rebound

Audiences have returned, clubs are doing brisk business, and theaters are ramping up.

CULTURAL COMEBACK
Derek Dunn, María Álvarez, and John Lam in Helen Pickett's "Petal."

Boston Ballet’s Dance in VR Series breaks the wall between viewer and performer

The company has been busy during the pandemic exploring how technology can change the audience experience

STAGE REVIEW
Harriet Harris as Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor" at Barrington Stage Company.

Harriet Harris gives ‘Eleanor’ her all at Barrington Stage

Harris generates a force field that largely transcends the overly formulaic aspects of Mark St. Germain’s bioplay about Eleanor Roosevelt.