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Al Franken

Al Franken is taking comedy seriously again

On Saturday, Franken will stop by the Wilbur with his solo show “The Only Former US Senator Currently on Tour.” Forced to resign in 2017 for some improper acts — we’ll get to that — he’s having a second act in American life. Or maybe a third.

STAGE REVIEW
From left: Lovely Hoffman, Sheree Marcelle, Anthony Pires Jr., Christina Jones, and Jackson Jirard in "Ain't Misbehavin'" at Central Square Theater.

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ gets the joint jumpin’ at Central Square Theater

Set in a 1920s Harlem nightclub, the exuberant musical showcases 30 of Fats Waller's compositions over its two hours.

Billy Crystal appears onstage during the Broadway opening night curtain call of "Mr. Saturday Night" at the Nederlander Theatre.

First staged in the Berkshires, Billy Crystal’s ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ nominated for top Tony Award

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield was the first theater to present “Mr. Saturday Night,” a musical created by and starring Crystal.

This image released by O & M Co./DKC shows Myles Frost during a performance of the musical "MJ."

Select list of nominees for 2022 Tony Awards

Select nominations for the 2022 Tony Awards were announced on Monday. The ceremony will take place on June 12 on CBS and Paramount+.

Ariana DeBose will host the 2022 Tony Awards.

Livestream: Nominations announced for the 2022 Tony Awards

This year's Tony Awards nominations are being announced by actors Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry on Monday.

DANCE REVIEW
Boston Ballet's “MINDscape” bill includes the world premiere of resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s “Ruth’s Dance,” a tribute to his late mother.

Boston Ballet surveys dance’s ‘MINDscape’

An energetic and engaging bill — featuring two world premieres — showcases choreography of William Forsythe and Jorma Elo.

STAGES
From left: Director Bryn Boice leads Dylan Wack, Ekemini Ekpo, Xander Viera, and Regine Vital in a rehearsal of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Stage2 production that will be performed for students as well as general audiences at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester.

A Shakespeare comedy aimed at today’s teens reaches back into the ancient history of the 1980s and ‘60s

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Stage2 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is being staged at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester primarily for school groups, but general audiences will have a chance to see it too.

Orlando Baxter

Comedian Orlando Baxter goes back to school — the one that turned his life around

His new “Live from South High” special was recorded in March at Worcester’s South High Community School, where Baxter spent three years as a student and two more as a teacher.