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Boston Ballet makes the most of ‘Lady of the Camellias’

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Val Caniparoli’s ballet is no “Swan Lake,” but on Boston Ballet’s opening night it appeared like a beloved classic.

Ruth Chrisman Gannett’s “Map of the Island of Tangerina and Wild Island.”

Art Review

Two shows look at maps both real and imagined

Shows at the Boston Public Library and Harvard look at maps both real and imagined.

Photography Review

Two shows look at art and war

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard’s Peabody Museum look at art and war.

Stand-up comedy is a rush for Pats’ Jonas Gray

Patriots’ running back Jonas Gray has dabbled in stand-up comedy since his college days at Notre Dame.

From left: Ken Baltin, Myriam Cyr, Brianne Beatrice, Anthony J. Goes, and Mat Schaffer.


Schaffer spirited away by a play 20 years in the making

Mat Schaffer turned his fascination with the paranormal into the play “Simon Says: A Dramatized Séance.”

Ted Alexandro is at Johnny D's tonight.

Laugh Lines: Ted Alexandro

Comic Alexandro tells us a joke.

Behind the Scene in a VW Passat

Half a Volkswagen Passat gets a lot of mileage in “Sixty Miles to Silver Lake,” a play being presented by Bridge Repertory Theater at the Calderwood Pavilion.

American Repertory Theater's


ART production wins Edward M. Kennedy Prize

Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” won the 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

// At Symphony Hall, Audra McDonald has ‘a little bit of everything’

At 44, with a record six Tony Awards to her name, McDonald ranks among the greatest theater artists of her generation.

Wolf Alice.

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

Critic’s pics for upcoming events.

Celeste Oliva plays a fighter pilot turned drone operator in “Grounded.”

Stage Review

A tour de force by Oliva in ‘Grounded’

Celeste Oliva brings a coiled, unpredictable intensity to her portrayal of a hard-edged fighter pilot in Nora Theatre Company’s production.

Stage review

// A family set adrift in ‘Greenland’

“Greenland” would be the very promising first act of a longer play. As is, it’s somehow both underwritten and overcooked.


// Ceramics in the spotlight, in Providence and beyond

In concert with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, ceramics exhibitions are popping up around the region.

Frame by Frame

Behind ‘Agbota,’ an artist’s irony and imagination

The mask, a jerrican topped with a funky hairdo made from steel wire and plastic, is clever, charming, and full of meaning.

Stage review

// Poets’ Theatre makes an auspicious return with ‘Albatross’

An adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” that references Freud and Margaret Thatcher?

 Bettina Burr with a 1925 portrait of her grandmother Clarice de Rothschild by the artist de Laszlo, which will be shown at the MFA.

Nazi-looted Rothschild art goes to MFA

The gift, valued in the millions, is rich in European decorative arts, prints, drawings, and rare books.

// The ticket: Theater

Critic’s picks for the upcoming week.

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/17/ The ticket: Art

Sebastian Smee’s picks for noteworthy art exhibitions on view this week in Boston and the surrounding area.

Dance Review

// Urbanity troupe illuminates the impact of light

In the program’s first half, light was a major player, not just framing movement but motivating it.

// Chameleonic Tracee Chimo takes on multiple roles

Over the past five years, Saugus native Tracee Chimo has delivered a series of head-turning performances that have caught the attention of critics and audiences.

Art Review

//,HeechLovers(withtheartist).PhotobyJohnGordon(300)(1).jpg Iranian artist Tanavoli in the spotlight at Davis Museum

The Davis show on Parviz Tanavoli, an admired modernist, is one of a number of upcoming shows on Iranian artists around the Northeast.

Winter Arts Preview

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// Winter arts preview

Boston Ballet presents “Lady of the Camellias,” “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” premieres, and critics pick the best of the winter.


//,Donkey,39x14x12in,Earthenware,oxidesandglaze,fabric,buttonsandstones,acrylic-001.jpg The week ahead: Theater, dance, and art

Globe reviewers offer a guide to area shows and events.

Local galleries


// Ceramics in the spotlight, in Providence and beyond

In concert with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, ceramics exhibitions are popping up around the region.

The Year in Arts

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// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.

Art reviews

Lindsey McWhorter plays Esther, the seamstress at the center of Lyric Stage Company’s production of “Intimate Apparel.”

stage review

Finely crafted ‘Apparel’ from Lyric Stage’s ensemble

Summer L. Williams has taken her Lyric Stage Company cast of four women and two men deep beneath the surface of their characters in “Intimate Apparel.”

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.