A ‘Jagged Little Pill’ for these times

At the ART, Alanis Morissette’s iconic 1995 album inspires a musical that feels very 2018.

ArtsEmerson brings “Historia de Amor” to Cutler Majestic Theatre.

In story and imagery, a tale meant to startle at ArtsEmerson

“Historia de Amor” from Chile’s Teatrocinema re-creates the world of a graphic novel onstage for its story of obsession and violence.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (foreground) with the cast during a performance of

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ wins Pulitzer for drama

“Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Steven Martin is Tinman, Elle Borders is Scarecrow, Brandon G. Green is Cowardly Lion, and Salome Smith is Dorothy in “The Wiz.”

Stage Review

An exuberant journey down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wiz’

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons, the Lyric Stage production showcases the 1975 musical’s enduring appeal.

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Dance Review

Boston Ballet has the measure of Bournonville in ‘La Sylphide’

The company is fleshing out the program with a set of “Bournonville Divertissements.”


Putting their best feet forward for Jerome Robbins, America’s dance ‘genius’

The great choreographer’s centennial is being celebrated this year with programs at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Boston Ballet.

Social issues, not Broadway aspirations, mark ART’s new season

It will also be the first ART season without a Diane Paulus-directed show since her inaugural year of 2008-09.

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The Almighty and his analyst in Israeli Stage’s ‘Oh God’

In this comedy by the late Anat Gov, God has issues.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/summerarts.jpg The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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A play for veterans, a car show, and a concert picnic

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Boston Calling returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex this weekend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston calls, ‘Solo’ stalls, ‘Fall’ spills, everyone grills

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

“There’s something they do that imbues these hands with some level of character, so we can actually forget that it’s literally just a hand and not a whole life and a whole person there,” says David Dower, the artistic director of ArtsEmerson.

In ‘Cold Blood,’ sleight of hand creates a different kind of magic

The theater-dance-cinema hybrid employs inventive hand choreography to represent people who inhabit enchanting dollhouse worlds.

From left: Jennifer Ellis, Rob Karma Robinson, Benjamin Evett, and John Shuman in “Madame Defarge.”

Stage Review

Gloucester Stage’s ‘Madame Defarge’ can’t knit together a compelling story

A world premiere of a musical inspired by “A Tale of Two Cities’’ gets tangled up in narrative knots.

Orlando Baxter


Laugh Lines: Orlando Baxter

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

Will McGarrahan and Leigh Barrett (pictured in “Souvenir”) were among the night’s big winners.

17 theater companies take a bow at the Norton Awards

Top honors went to the Lyric Stage Company, Underground Railway Theater, and the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, with three prizes each.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” said Diane Paulus, artistic director of American Repertory Theater.

Paulus’s 10th season to include a revue of ART’s greatest hits

The 2018-19 season announced Monday also features three world premieres, a contemporary “Othello,” and “Barber Shop Chronicles,” from England.

Summer Arts preview

The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

“MEEM” performers are not confined to one stage.

Dance Review

At the ICA, Ryan McNamara’s ‘MEEM’ is a movable feast

Friday’s performance at the ICA featured 16 dancers, 16 “movers,” and an audience of about 100.

James Levine in 2009, when he was the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director.

Met says it has evidence James Levine abused or harassed 7 people

The Metropolitan Opera fired Levine as its music director emeritus on March 12, citing evidence of misconduct.

Lia Cirio and Derek Dunn in Boston Ballet’s performance of “Prodigal Son” by George Balanchine at Boston Opera House.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet shines in ‘Classic Balanchine’

The program showcases three aspects of the great choreographer.

Boston Tap Company will be part of “On Tap — Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase.”


Critic’s picks: A bounty of ballet, tap, and much more on local stages

10 great performances to follow, from the Berkshires to the Cape.

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BeBe Winans puts his life onstage in the new musical ‘Born for This’

The musical traces BeBe and sister CeCe’s path from their Detroit home to Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Network, to their chart-topping successes afterward.

20SummerComedy David Cross Photo credit courtesy “Just For Laughs.”


David Cross doesn’t do ‘dad comedy’ (OK, maybe a little)

The actor, comedian, and new father comes to the Wilbur for two dates, and he promises to not bore you with baby stories.

In this March 22, 2018 photo, comedian Kathy Griffin poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote her upcoming “The Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 20SummerComedyPicks


Critic’s picks: Chappelle and Stewart team up, Kathy Griffin speaks up

10 top comedy performances in the Boston area and beyond.

“Disney’s Aladdin” is at the Opera House July 5-Aug. 5.


Critic’s picks: From ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to ‘Mame,’ the summer onstage

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to summer productions.

Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool 2.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

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

04JaggedPill Rehearsal photos from American Repertory TheaterÕs world premiere production of Jagged Little Pill. Celia Gooding (Frankie) and members of the Ensemble. Credit: Jimmy Ryan

With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ songs of the ‘90s speak to today. Isn’t it ironic?

“Jagged Little Pill,” based on Alanis Morissette’s songs, is very much of the present and may just be the most woke musical since “Hair.”

Playwright Bernard Weinraub at a rehearsal for “Fall.”

At the Huntington, the story that Arthur Miller himself wouldn’t tell

“Fall,” getting its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre, tells of a secret the famed playwright kept all his life.

Shana Dirik as Mrs. Lovett in a Metro Stage Company production of “Sweeney Todd” in 2009.

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Actress Shana Dirik uncorks a new theater venture

Her new company will launch with a one-night “pop-up” performance of “Sweeney Todd.”

Ryan Hamilton


Laugh Lines: Ryan Hamilton

A joke from the comic, who plays the Wilbur May 18.

Randy Rainbow will be in town to perform at the Wilbur Theatre May 17 and will be guest of honor at the Elliot Norton Awards May 21.


In his wildly popular musical parodies, Randy Rainbow shows his true colors

The self-described musical-theater nerd has channeled his talents into videos — and now a live show — that lampoon the president and his minions.

20SummerComedyPicks Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart Credit: Mathieu Bitton


Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle announce comedy tour, with Boston dates in June

The comedians, each known for their respective shows on Comedy Central, will join forces for a handful of stand-up gigs next month.

The Ticket: Comedy

This week’s picks: Sean Patton, Wayne Brady, and local comics recounting embarrassing encounters with celebrities.

Lasha Khozashvili lifts Lia Cirio in Boston Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty.”

dance review

Boston Ballet reawakens ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Can a ballet company program “The Sleeping Beauty” too often? If the company is Boston Ballet, the answer is no.

A shakeup at the top for Wheelock Family Theatre

Producing artistic director Linda Chin is losing her job, as Boston University moves to consolidate control over Wheelock College.

Theater produces student’s play on Hitler’s young soldiers

The Company Theatre’s student program presents an original play “The Werewolves,” written by academy student Alex Moon of Scituate.

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak play the Sinclair May 13.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Jared Reinfeldt in “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

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Strutting their stuff in ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’

An Elvis impersonator turns to drag performance in Matthew Lopez’s comedy, at Greater Boston Stage Company.

Boston Ballet principal dancer John Lam in rehearsal.

Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville

Lam has become one of the company’s most articulate, expressive, and versatile principal dancers — a good thing, since he’ll soon be taking lead roles in two very different rotating performances.

Alanis Morissette, shown performing in San Diego in 2017.

The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice

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

Guy Ben-Aharon (left) with Craig Mathers and Annelise Lawson rehearsing “The Last Act”

In this play’s heated setting, conflict isn’t just an act

Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol’s “The Last Act” is getting its world premiere in Boston.

Joel Colodner (left) and Jeremiah Kissel in “Two Jews Walk Into a War . . .”

Stage Review

Keeping Judaism alive in Kabul, one quip at a time

Joel Colodner and Jeremiah Kissel team up for “Two Jews Walk Into a War . . .,” Seth Rozin’s comedy at New Repertory Theatre.

From left: Gary Thomas Ng, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo, and Sam Tanabe in “Allegiance.”

Stage Review

In ‘Allegiance,’ racial injustice is rendered in broad strokes

The musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII suffers from a bit of a split personality.

Finnish comedian Ismo

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Ismo

A joke from the Finnish comedian, who plays Laugh Boston Monday.

Keith Hamilton Cobb will return to perform in his “American Moor,’’ April 10-21, 2019.

ArtsEmerson’s next act: 11 productions, including a remount of ‘American Moor’

Theater companies from Cambodia, Poland, Russia, Ireland, France, and the United Kingdom will be represented in 2018-19 season.

From left: Brooks Reeves, Jeremy Johnson, Joey C. Pelletier, Keith Foster, Michael J. Blunt, David Anderson, and Cody Sloan in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of “Love! Valour! Compassion!”

Stage Review

A moving journey in Zeitgeist’s ‘Love! Valour! Compassion!’

Terrence McNally’s 1994 drama traces the lives of eight gay men.

dance review

Wayne McGregor asks the big questions in ‘Atomos’

The piece that British choreographer Wayne McGregor has brought to the Shubert Theatre this weekend, under the auspices of the Celebrity Series, is elemental but not simple.

In “The Migration,” the performers of Step Afrika! bring the history in Jacob Lawrence’s paintings to animation through South African gumboot, Western African dance, vocals, and drumming.

Dance Review

Step Afrika! brings a sprawling canvas of African-American history to life

The company’s performance, inspired by the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, evokes the migration of African-Americans from the South to the North.

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at the high school on May 12.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 7-13

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, Remember King at Boston Public Library, Banned in Boston, and more.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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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

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