theater

Solo shows present singular risks, rewards

Celeste Oliva in “Grounded.”

A.R. Sinclair

Is there a more daunting performance challenge in theater than the solo play? To hear actors tell it, no, there isn’t.

Justin Reeves plays Jesus in Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s  production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

theater

After 9/11, what would Jesus have done?

For its production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Strand Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre wanted a contemporary resonance.

Stages

Relationship between Noone and New Rep leads to ‘Adultery’

New Repertory Theatre is giving Ronan Noone’s “Scenes From An Adultery” its world premiere.

Introducing six of the year’s top student artists

Boston art schools have long been the breeding ground of top tier artists. We visited some of this year’s budding stars.

Art Review

‘The Art of Baseball’ touches all the bases

“The Art of Baseball,” at the Concord Museum, celebrates the national pastime.

night watch

‘Girl, Incarcerated’ at Improv Boston

Boston’s club scene, one party at a time.

Laugh Lines: Erin Judge

Comic Judge tells us a joke.

Brown Box presents free short plays

Brown Box Theatre Project is presenting an evening of short plays for free at Atlantic Wharf over the next two weekends.

behind the scene

Harvard’s iconic statue comes to life

Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko projects video to transform the bronze John Harvard statue into the likenesses of 22 students.

At Merrimack Repertory Theatre, a turning of the tide

Sean Daniels is succeeding Charles Towers as artistic director of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell.

Lynch’s comedy-infused cabaret act fills her with glee

Jane Lynch brings her cabaret show “See Jane Sing” to the Wilbur Theatre Friday.

Celebrity Series broadens scope with new season’s offerings

A lineup of music, dance, and spoken-word performances are meant to expand and diversify the presenter’s audience.

Frame by Frame

Sincerity, joy reflected in Liotard’s ‘Mirror’

Painting a girl singing to her reflection, Jean-Etienne Liotard expresses a sincerity, a joy, and a lack of self-censure that are altogether remarkable.

GALLERIES

Moeller heightens urgency with pop-up show at Mills

“Yeah, You Missed It!” was an ambitious, nimble pop-up show at Mills Gallery. Adrienne Jacobson offers quieter revelations at New Art Center.

Maurice Parent as Donkey in Wheelock Family Theatre’s “Shrek the Musical.”

stage review

‘Shrek’ surprising enough to keep the kids enthralled

This ogre was a hit with the children who made up at least half of Friday’s opening night audience.

Art Review

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If you’re even remotely susceptible to great art, you’ll want to see this Leonardo da Vinc show — but be aware of what it is, and what it is not.

Tina Packer on Shakespeare’s five ages of women

In her new book, the founding artistic director of Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company argues that Shakespeare’s female characters matured as he did.

Special section

Arts

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Bring the kids, there’s a lot to do this spring.

Events

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

Local galleries

GALLERIES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Gonzalez2014[1].jpg Moeller heightens urgency with pop-up show at Mills

“Yeah, You Missed It!” was an ambitious, nimble pop-up show at Mills Gallery. Adrienne Jacobson offers quieter revelations at New Art Center.

Don Aucoin

Theater critic

Aucoin is the Globe’s theater critic, and has covered everything from television to politics to the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal.