Dance review

Boston Ballet’s dazzling, dreamy ‘Nutcracker’

Lasha Khozashvili as the Snow King and Ashley Ellis as the Snow Queen during a dress rehearsal for Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”


The production features spectacular dancing as well as live music by an orchestra that has developed into one of the most solid ensembles in the area.

Critic’s Notebook

// Theater companies find fault sometimes is in their stars

Cast wisely, producers, because the biggest name onstage can sometimes be the weakest link.

Because of its brilliance of design, and unique color combination, the creation of the dish has been attributed to Shahquli.

Frame by Frame

A colorful view of a vanished empire

Until you see it, you can’t begin to grasp the beauty of the colors in this mid-16th-century dish.

Jesse Lynn Harte and Jared Troilo star as Ariel and Prince Eric in Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” at the Strand Theatre.

Stage review

Fiddlehead’s ‘Little Mermaid’ is a journey worth making

Though not quite a match for Fiddlehead’s best work, “The Little Mermaid’’ mostly lands with a satisfying splash.

Gustave Caillebotte’s “Paris Street, Rainy Day.”

Art Review

Beguiling images from a little-known French painter

Less well known than peers and admirers such as Renoir and Monet, painter Gustave Caillebotte is the subject of a major exhibition on view in Fort Worth, Texas.

Boston Ballet music director Jonathan McPhee at the company’s headquarters.

Jonathan McPhee is the ‘Nutcracker’ king

Is it possible that Boston Ballet music director Jonathan McPhee has conducted more performances of “The Nutcracker” than just about anyone in history?

Stages | Terry Byrne

New Repertory looks to soar with ‘Snow Queen’ musical

“The Snow Queen” is a new pop-rock musical adapted from the same Hans Christian Anderson tale that was the source material for Disney’s blockbuster hit “Frozen.”

Tom Scharpling (left) and Jon Wurster’s live show will feature a handful of characters and some Boston-based guests.

Scharpling and Wurster started with a phone call

The comedy duo of Scharpling and Wurster come to Cambridge.

// Capturing Laura Nyro’s influence in ‘One Child Born’

Kate Ferber brings her solo cabaret show “One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro” to American Repertory Theater’s Oberon space in Cambridge.

// Laugh lines: Alingon Mitra

A joke from Mitra, who plays Nick’s Comedy Stop Friday and Saturday.

Art review

// Marilyn Arsem contemplates duration in MFA performance

The performance artist, in “100 Ways to Consider Time,” focuses on passing hours quietly, raptly, even gregariously.

With ‘Matchless,’ Gregory Maguire expands on world of ‘Little Match Girl’

Underground Railway Theater is bringing Gregory Maguire’s “Matchless,” along with Oscar Wilde’s children’s story “The Happy Prince,” to the stage.


Two local biennials demonstrate value of curator’s eye

Two venerable biennials have just opened, but only one takes full advantage of a curator’s eye for provocative statements and conversations.

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre takes its ‘Nutcracker’ to a bigger stage

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, José Mateo Ballet Theatre has special plans for “The Nutcracker.”

// A high-speed tour of the classics

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told’’ a comedy at Gloucester Stage Dec. 3-20, showcases three characters playing actors who decide to put on a show that’s a mash-up of many holiday tales.

// Holiday theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday-themed theater productions around the Boston area.


//©GeneSchiavone.jpg Holiday dance picks

Critic’s picks for holiday-themed dance performances in the Boston area and beyond.

Special section

// 2015 Holiday arts preview

Features about upcoming holiday events, plus critics’ guides to the best of the season.


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

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

Local galleries


//[1].jpg Two local biennials demonstrate value of curator’s eye

Two venerable biennials have just opened, but only one takes full advantage of a curator’s eye for provocative statements and conversations.

Special section

Museums special section

// What’s happening in local museums

Exploring how we keep museums vital today, plus a look at Vermeer groupies, late-night museum-going, and, of course, things to see and do.