How a high schooler’s obsession became a biography

Holly Van Leuven’s “Ray Bolger” is the first biography of the legendary Boston native.

From left: Lasha Khozashvili, Patrick Yocum, and Jessica Burrows in Boston Ballet’s “Full on Forsythe.”

Dance Review

Boston Ballet is in top form with ‘Full on Forsythe’

With an entire evening devoted to the distinguished American choreographer William Forsythe, the company went all out.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Brie Larson in a scene from

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and other heroes

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Vermont native Anaïs Mitchell at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

The Arts Issue

A folk opera from Vermont heads to Broadway

Anaïs Mitchell grew up on a sheep farm in Vermont. Now her musical “Hadestown” is headed for theater’s brightest lights.

Latest Theater/Dance headlines

Huntington offers free ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tickets to anyone 25 and younger

The offer is in effect for the remaining two weeks of the show’s run at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Stage Review

Alessandro Sciarroni juggles time at the ICA

His “UNTITLED_I will be there when you die” deploys four jugglers in a perpetual-motion meditation where time never stops; neither do the performers.

Stage Review

In ‘An Inspector Calls’ at ArtsEmerson, the crime of privilege

J.B. Priestley’s 1945 drama as revived by director Stephen Daldry offers a biting criticism of capitalist hypocrisy and class divisions, disguised at first as an Edwardian mystery.

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

With a family like Sara Porkalob’s, the stories don’t stop at ‘Dragon Lady’

The Filipino-American playwright and actress will return to Oberon to perform the first and second pieces of her planned “Dragon Cycle” trilogy.

Winter arts guide 2019

// Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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Boston Ballet’s Derek Dunn, on his toes

Impressive for his technical brilliance as well as his expressivity and deep musicality, the 24-year-old Dunn is a star on the rise.

Boston, MA - 3/15/2018 - Vocalist Al Barr performs with Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Boston. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

Things to do

The Weekender: Dropkicks (and left hooks), prowling bros, and a rising son

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

FILE -- Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, and a prominent Broadway director, in New York, May 3, 2016. Despite being at the worldÕs wealthiest university, the acting institute's students receive modest financial aid and leave with a median of $78,000 in debt in exchange for a master of liberal arts degree from the Harvard Extension School. (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)


ART gala to celebrate Diane Paulus and Drew Gilpin Faust

The event will toast the 10th anniversary season of artistic director Diane Paulus and honor Harvard President Emerita Drew Gilpin Faust.

Mackenzie Lesser-Roy stars in “Once.”

For the woman who plays Girl, once wasn’t enough

Former Boston Conservatory student Mackenzie Lesser-Roy is starring in “Once” at SpeakEasy Stage Company after originally playing the part in the national tour.

Elisa Clark and Monica Bill Barnes in “Happy Hour.”

Dance Review

Puffing, preening, and a funny, poignant ‘Happy Hour’

Two women dancers play bros looking to hit on women at an office party in this marvelous show from Monica Bill Barnes & Company.

Chris Redd

Chris Redd aims to be a singular stand-up and ‘SNL’ team player

The young comic comes to town to perform at WBUR’s new CitySpace venue.

Left to right: Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Ashley Park (Gretchen Wieners), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janis Sarkisian), and the Company of Mean Girls.

Broadway in Boston’s 2019-20 season features ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Fiddler,’ ‘Band’s Visit’

Returning favorites include “The Lion King,” “Chicago,” and “Cats.”

Members of Ate9 Dance Company in “calling glenn.”

Dance Review

Ate9 Dance Company is breathtaking in Boston

Mere mortals shouldn’t be able to move the way the extraordinary dancers of this company do.

Connections | Magazine

The wedding was a lark, but the marriage has been a gift

This couple is still happily sharing costar billing after 35 years.

Stilt walkers at the 2018 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 11-17

A jazz concert, a comic book extravaganza, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.

Drake White performs at the Faster Horses Music Festival in the Brooklyn Trails Campground at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

George Hampe and Lily Santiago

Stage Review

A tale of modern lovers, star-crossed but not quite tragic enough

An illustrious supporting cast, not the two leads, provides most of the pleasure in Peter DuBois’s production of “Romeo and Juliet’’ at Huntington Theatre Company.

There’s more to Brian Regan than just being a stand-up guy

One of the best comics around is finally getting opportunities that eluded him earlier in his career.

Malpaso Dance Company returns to The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

The Arts Issue

39 must-see performances, exhibitions, and arts events in New England

The lowdown from the Globe’s arts writers on the new season’s most eagerly anticipated performances, shows, and exhibitions across the region.

Joey McIntyre (Rene Cervantes)

Joey McIntyre on why he moved his family across the country last year to pursue a Broadway career

“Not to be dramatic, but on my deathbed, I wouldn’t say, ‘I wish I had hung in there for a few more pilot seasons in LA,’” said McIntyre, who’s currently starring on Broadway in the musical “Waitress.”

From left: Christine Kavanagh, Jeff Harmer, and Lianne Harvey in ArtsEmerson’s production of J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls.”


In ‘An Inspector Calls,’ a dinner party among the guilty parties

A tour of the much-lauded London production makes a stop at the Cutler Majestic Theatre March 14-24.

Sean Daniels standing in the grand staircase balcony area at Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, MA, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Sean Daniels has adapted Jack Kerouac's unfinished 1944 novel,

Artistic director Sean Daniels to depart Merrimack Rep

After four years at the Lowell theater, he’s taking a new post as artistic director of the Arizona Theatre Company.

Mackenzie Lesser-Roy and Nile Scott Hawver in “Once.”

Stage REview

In SpeakEasy’s ‘Once,’ pondering what might have been

The charms and limitations of the Tony-winning musical are on display in Paul Melone’s production.

This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a scene from

You can audition for ‘Magic Mike’ the musical before its Boston debut

A musical inspired by the male stripper-focused comedy-dramas “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXL” is looking for athletic auditioners to try out for roles in the upcoming stage production at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Perspective | Magazine

Why teens need live theater in the age of YouTube

The plays I saw with my dad handed us a script on every uncomfortable topic parents and children both painstakingly avoid and desperately need to discuss.

Koryu Nishikawa V, grandmaster of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater, performs with one of the troupe’s dolls.

Japanese puppet master holds a family tradition in his hands

Koryu Nishikawa V, grandmaster of an expressive form of puppetry known as kuruma ningyo, brings his troupe to Wellesley College Tuesday.

Faye Dunaway


Faye Dunaway headed to Boston to star in pre-Broadway tryout of ‘Tea at Five’

The actress will portray Katharine Hepburn in the production of Matthew Lombardo’s 2002 play.

Emily Kuroda, Wai Ching Ho, and Jo Yang in “Endlings.”

Stage Review

Worlds converge in ART’s ‘Endlings’

Celine Song’s new play dives into questions of identity, but not deeply enough.

The Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree had been threatened with $150,000 in damages.

For local ‘Mockingbird’ productions, the show will go on. Sort of

Community and amateur theater productions of “To Kill A Mockingbird” threatened with legal action by a Broadway producer may now use another version of the play.

An Ha Lim, a.k.a. “The Manipulator.”

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 4-10

Take in the magic of The Illusionists, celebrate International Women’s Day, head to belated Chinese New Year festivities, and more.

Keith White and Will Taylor in “Birdy.”

Stage Review

Friendship takes flight in superb ‘Birdy’

A stage adaptation of William Wharton’s novel is brought stirringly to life in this Commonwealth Shakespeare production.

05socalendar - Cajun blues performer Tab Benoit performs in Plymouth. (The Spire Center)

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

The Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree was threatened with $150,000 in damages.

When way off Broadway still isn’t far enough

Braintree’s 70-seat Curtain Call Theatre was the latest small theater to receive a cease-and-desist letter from the powerful Broadway producer staging “To Kill A Mockingbird” in New York.

American Repertory Theater, now housed at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, would move to Allston as part of a reimagined Harvard arts campus.

With a $100m gift, Harvard plans to expand arts campus in Allston

The American Repertory Theater is slated to have a new home in Allston as a part of a reimagined arts campus.

Mr. Previn’s career spanned from movie studios to hallowed concert halls.

André Previn, Oscar-winning composer and conductor, dies at 89

The pianist, composer, and conductor’s broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz, and classical music.

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2017 John Cameron Mitchell, actor, writer, director, is seen in Manhattan, NY. Mitchell wrote and originated the title role for

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hard-knock rockers, star-crossed lovers, and ‘Little Foxes’ 

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

George Hampe and Lily Santiago star as the lovers in “Romeo and Juliet.”


The Huntington updates ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for a polarized world

The new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy takes place in a contemporary Verona.

William Forsythe with Boston Ballet dancers at a rehearsal for “Full on Forsythe.”

William Forsythe finds a home base — and collaborative spirit — at Boston Ballet

Midway into a five-year partnership, the visionary choreographer is presenting his first world premiere created for an American company since 1992.

Logan Marks and Lencia Kebede in “Rent,” which plays the Shubert from Oct. 29 to Nov. 10.

‘The SpongeBob Musical’ is headed to Boston

“Rent” and “Riverdance” are among other shows in the Boch Center’s 2019-20 season.

Anita Hollander created a  solo musical about the experience of losing her left leg to cancer and has been performing it in its current iteration for around 25 years.

Stage Review

A personal story of disability and ability in New Rep’s ‘Still Standing’

Anita Hollander’s solo musical recounts the life and career she forged after losing a leg to cancer.

Romi Beppu (front), Pavel Gurevich, and Lia Cirio in a past performance of George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” one of the returning repertoire favorites in the 2019-20 Boston Ballet season.

In Boston Ballet season, everything from ‘Giselle’ to a world premiere

Bookending the 2019-20 season will be a pair of story ballets, “Giselle” and “Swan Lake.” And May will bring the world premiere of “Dance Part 3” by Stephen Galloway.

Charles Dickens was known to be careful of his image and legacy.

Charles Dickens tried to send wife to asylum, letters show

Dickens maintained tight control over what the public learned about his 1858 separation from his wife.

Ashley Risteen in “Bare Stage.”

Critic’s Notebook

Issues of nudity and power take center stage

Against the backdrop of #MeToo, a new play on a Boston stage examines the pressures theater performers face.

The production delivers propulsive dance sequences, whirling acrobatics, and impressive aerial routines.

Stage Review

‘When Angels Fall,’ artistry soars

In a hypnotic show presented by ArtsEmerson, French director-choreographer Raphaëlle Boitel speaks volumes through the language of dance and circus.

Huntington Theatre Company takes on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Up-and-comers George Hampe and Lily Santiago have the title roles.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, Feb. 25-March 3

A contemporary twist on “Romeo and Juliet,” a discussion with the author of “Cat Person,” celebrating Maple Magic, and more.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20: Paul Burch performs onstage at the Honky-Tonkin': Twenty Years On Lower Broad Anniversary Concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during the Americana Music Festival & Conference on September 20, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

special section

// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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