Critic’s notebook

Huntington Theatre goes all in on Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” presented by Huntington Theatre Company through Oct. 11. The company is embarking on an ambitious project to stage 15 musicals for which Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics.

T. Charles Erickson

Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company is going to stage 15 of the musicals for which Stephen Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics.

Checking in with Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho brings her act to the Wilbur Theatre on Saturday.

Gordon Feng views “Flux Perception” by Nada Tarkhan and Aman Singhvi at an Illuminus venue House of Blues.

Cutting-edge public art comes to Lansdowne

Illuminus, a celebration of public art that mixes creativity and technology, returns in expanded form for a second year, with a new partner and a new address.

Behind the Scene

A bomb-crater setting for timeless tale ‘An Iliad’

Director and set designer Jonathan Epstein set the location for Shakespeare & Company’s production of “An Iliad” as a military outpost, where a bomb crater is filled with water.

Laugh Lines: Bob Marley

Here's a joke from Bob Marley, of the “Men From Maine Comedy Show.”

The Colonial Theatre would be transformed into a dining hall and performance space under Emerson College’s plan.

Emerson College may turn Colonial into student center

The change would be a radical transformation for the Colonial Theatre and make it a type of front porch for Emerson’s campus.

Rembrandt’s “Jan Rijcksen and His Wife, Griet Jans,” known as “The Shipbuilder and His Wife,” on view as part of the Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer” show at the Museum of Fine Arts.

art review

Dynamic Dutch society, captured on canvas in superb MFA show

Including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals as well as a host of lesser-known masters, “Class Distinctions” is the finest group exhibition mounted in Boston in over a decade.

// Huntington Theatre faces uncertainty as BU plans sale of building

Boston University will sell Huntington Theatre’s building, and the performance company said it might buy it.

Sebastian Smee | Critic’s Notebook

// Renoir protest at MFA is funny, but sophomoric

Let’s be real: The “protest” was not so much a protest as a coordinated cry for attention.

Stage review

// Company One Theatre’s ‘Dry Land’ showcases a major new talent

Ruby Rae Spiegel’s probing and unsettling drama takes the experiences, dilemmas, friendships, and futures of teenage girls seriously.

Todd Almond and Courtney Love in “Kansas City Choir Boy” at Oberon.

Stage Review

Courtney Love is attraction, but songs carry ‘Choir Boy’

It’s not a backhanded compliment to say that “Kansas City Choir Boy” has its moments.

Opera Review

A Puccini classic reimagined in Paris of 1968

One has to applaud Boston Lyric Opera for the boldness of its new production. Forget about Paris of 1830. It’s now May 1968, and revolution is afoot.


Barr Foundation awards $500,000 grant to Dance Complex in Cambridge

The Barr Foundation is awarding a $500,000 grant to Cambridge’s Dance Complex, to be used for operating support and renovations to turn a storefront space in its historic Odd Fellows Hall home into a dance studio and event venue.

Photography Review

//,Frank.jpg Show at PRC offers visual diversity

“Special Editions” runs at the Photographic Resource Center through Nov. 1.

Art Review

// Kollwitz’s war images reveal grief and trauma

Kathe Kollwitz’s “Krieg Cycle,” among the greatest 20th-century evocations of war and its human cost, is on view now at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

// Yale grad’s acclaimed play ‘Dry Land’ centers on idea of DIY abortion

Ruby Rae Spiegel’s play “Dry Land” is receiving its Boston premiere with Company One at the Boston Center for the Arts.

// Meow Meow brings postmodern cabaret act to Boston

With “An Audience with Meow Meow,” coming to the Cutler Majestic Theater, the question arises: Just who is this Meow Meow and what makes her purr?

Black Mountain College examined, exalted at ICA

Black Mountain College, an unorthodox school whose faculty members and participants had an oversize impact on American art, is examined in a new ICA show.


// Sikander’s animated art evokes worlds of uncertainty

Shahzia Sikander combines ancient and modern techniques in her work, creating animations that teem with layered meanings and disparate messages.

stage review

Actress Paige Faure is a fine fit in ‘Cinderella’

Faure is luminous as Cinderella in the charming if tonally inconsistent touring production now at the Boston Opera House.

Stages | Terry Byrne

Charlestown Working Theater celebrates 40th with diverse season

Forty years of continuous theater — especially in the same space — is rare in Boston.


// Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Local galleries

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

// Currents, currency, and panic in two new exhibitions

India’s Raqs Media Collective evokes a mythic questioning of contemporary values; Iri and Toshi Marucki’s responses to Hiroshima.