A portrait of misplaced male pride and societal prejudice in the ART’s ‘Othello’

Chris Butler delivers a masterly performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Bill Rauch with a focus on the toll of racism and sexism.

Old-fashioned tech deployed in “The End of TV” includes overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, and live-action silhouettes.

Stage Review

Projecting lives of quiet desperation in ArtsEmerson’s ‘The End of TV’

Manual Cinema, the innovative troupe behind “Ada/Ava,’’ returns with another spellbinder.

Krystal Hernandez (left) plays a teen whose mom — played by Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda — faces possible deportation in “Miss You Like Hell.”

Stage Review

In ‘Miss You Like Hell,’ hitting the road with everything on the line

Summer L. Williams directs a musical about an undocumented immigrant who travels across the country with her teen daughter to a court hearing.

From left: James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, and Brian “Q” Quinn.

For the four pals behind ‘Impractical Jokers,’ every day is pranks-giving

The comedy team comes to TD Garden Sunday for a live, behind-the-scenes look at their show.

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Dance Review

Michelle Dorrance taps moves that energize, electrify

Dorrance has assembled a rock solid crew of impressive, precise technicians with vivid personalities and fabulously expressive flair.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 21-27

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend, and more.

Connections | Magazine

The magic of musicals

My mother raised me to love Broadway shows. As her memory falters, can we still share that feeling?

Alvin Ailey dancers continue outreach at local schools

Workshops in Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Brighton included lessons on Alvin Ailey-style dance, as well as history of the troupe’s late founder, who made it his mission to bring dance to everyone.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/holidayarts18web-02.jpg Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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The Lucas brothers left law school to pursue a comedy career together.

There’s no law that said the Lucas Brothers couldn’t crack comedy

Dropping out of law school was the best thing that ever happened to the twins, whose careers as a comedy duo are blossoming.

For singer-actress Christine Ebersole, a career with a full range of notes

The two-time Tony winner — whose credits span “Camelot’’ (opposite Richard Burton) to “Saturday Night Live’’ to “Grey Gardens” — is set to appear in Boston on Jan. 26.

Stage Review

Life lessons on a soccer field in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’

A. Nora Long directs a first-rate production of Sarah DeLappe’s play about a girls’ soccer team.

Historic Connecticut theater destroyed in fire

The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford has been closed for decades.

(From left) Nancy E. Carroll, Mary Beth Fisher, Chris Cooper, John Judd, and Nikki Massoud after a performance of


Chris Cooper pays a visit to the Huntington Theatre, sees play he got a Tony nomination for

Actor Chris Cooper was in Boston Thursday night to catch a performance of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”

Orny Adams says, “If you think I’m that guy onstage all through life, I mean, I would have died of a heart attack by now.”

Comic Orny Adams may find everyday life maddening, but he’s not mad

The Lexington native, who headlines the Wilbur Theatre Saturday, is “definitely not angry” despite his onstage persona.

Noah Weisberg plays Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Opera House.

Stage Review

A ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in need of more confection

Strong performances and choreography aren’t enough to overcome the musical’s sluggish pace.

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This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Broadway in Boston’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is at the Boston Opera House.

Things to do

The Weekender: Punk rock, pantaloons, and Oompa Loompas

Here’s the best way to spend your weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Amy Kim Waschke (Emilia), Alejandra Escalante (Desdemona), and Chris Butler (Othello) in The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of

An ‘Othello’ with an eye toward the tragedy of today

Bill Rauch’s production at the ART frames the bigotry and brutality in Shakespeare’s text ina contemporary setting.

Stage Review

Little room for nuance in Huntington’s ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

Fifteen years after walking out on her family, Nora Helmer returns home and faces the music.

Audiences at Manual Cinema shows divide their attention between a projected image of the final product and the cast and crew making it happen.

In ‘The End of TV,’ troupe conjures a lonely world where QVC is king

The show at ArtsEmerson will employ shadow puppetry, live actors, a green screen, and an old-fashioned overhead projector to simulate a motion picture in real time.

Actors Shawn K. Jain (above left) and Ken Baltin rehearse a scene from New Rep Theatre’s production of “Heartland.”


In New Rep’s ‘Heartland,’ two strangers meet, and worlds collide

Also: Lyric Stage’s “The Wolves” reveals the dreams and disappointments of the members of a girls soccer team.

Krystal Hernandez (center right) and Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda (right) rehearse a scene from “Miss You Like Hell” for director Summer L. Williams (left) at Oberon in Cambridge.

‘Miss You Like Hell’: A road-trip musical for right now

The show by playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes and singer-songwriter Erin McKeown is about the journey of a Mexican immigrant facing deportation and her teen daughter.

Melia Bensussen shown onstage after a Huntington Theatre Company rehearsal in 2014.

Melia Bensussen named artistic director at Hartford Stage

Bensussen will become the first woman to lead the 55-year-old old theater company.

Kate Stookey


Kate Stookey to take over as next executive director of Revels

She will succeed Christian Dame on Jan. 31.

Nael Nacer (left) and Sam Simahk in “Small Mouth Sounds” at SpeakEasy Stage Company.


Silence is golden in SpeakEasy’s ‘Small Mouth Sounds’

Bess Wohl’s play about six lost or wounded souls at a New Age-y spiritual retreat is alternately funny and touching.

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Ethan Hawke arrives at the Governors Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, the National Society of Film Critics awarded Hawke its best actor award for his performance in


Somerville residents behind quirky Ethan Hawke podcast get a hat tip from ... Ethan Hawke

“I’m just relieved that he doesn’t think I’m crazy,” one of the hosts said.

Henry Boshart (Charlie Bucket) and Noah Weisberg (Willy Wonka) in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 6-13

Join Charlie in exploring a chocolate factory filled with special effects, watch a dramatic comedy set around a soccer field, and more.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Louis C.K.

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Louis C.K.’s spectacular return to unfunny

C.K.’s new groove sure feels more like a rut.

John Judd and Mary Beth Fisher in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of A Doll's House, Part 2, directed by Lucas Hnath, playing January 4 Ñ February 3, 2019 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. © Photo: Kevin Berne

Things to Do

The Weekender: A brand new Nora, a long lost Ida, and a whole lotta Tay-Tay

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

Director Jack O’Brien at his New York apartment.

This Jack is a master of his trade

Director O’Brien, whose “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’’ will be at the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20, reflects on an exceptionally crowded career, on Broadway and off.

John Judd and Mary Beth Fisher star in Huntington Theatre Company’s presentation of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” at Huntington Avenue Theatre.


Ibsen’s heroine reluctantly returns in ‘Doll’s House, Part 2’ at the Huntington

The play imagines what happened to the revolutionary character and her family in the years since her abrupt exit, an action that shocked late 19th-century audiences.

Tina Satter and Emily Davis (left) team on “Is This a Room,” based on the FBI’s transcript of an interview with a woman suspected and later convicted of leaking a top-secret government report.

From FBI interview to the stage, without changing a word

The transcript of Reality Winner’s interview with authorities investigating her leak of a classified document forms the script for “Is This a Room.”

Noah Weisberg

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The VIP Lounge with Noah Weisberg

The Northbrook, Ill., native will play Willy Wonka in the national tour of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which will be at the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20.

FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Louis C.K., co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the

Ty Burr

Louis C.K.: This is funny?

A recent routine, heard on a YouTube audio, is often painfully clueless.

This image released by Netflix shows Katherine Langford in a scene from the series,

The most sought Netflix show in every state — and how a researcher found them

In some states, teen-oriented shows like “13 Reasons Why” drew the most viewers. But in Massachusetts, “Peaky Blinders” — a series about British gangsters in the 1920s — topped the list.

See ice sculptures and more at Boston’s First Night celebration, which begins at noon on New Year’s Eve.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 30-Jan. 6

Welcome 2019 with family-friendly activities, learn what it’s really like to eat like a bird, and more.

A detail of Jessica Straus’s “TransAtlantic,” at Boston Sculptors Gallery through Jan. 27.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Dicky Barrett and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones play three Hometown Throwdown shows at the House of Blues this weekend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hometown throwdowns, holiday cheer, and New Year’s resolutions

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

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Marie van Goethem, Edgar Degas’s ‘Little Dancer,’ is nameless no more

A new book looks at the girl who modeled for the French master’s one and only sculpture.

Plenty to see, do, and enjoy when First Night Boston welcomes 2019

Monday’s schedule includes more than 12 hours of fun, and it’s all free.

Jim Rice and Niki Luparelli will perform at Club Café.

At comedy venues all around Boston, 2018 gets its last laugh

The year’s biggest night of comedy features the likes of Pete Davidson, Don Gavin, Lenny Clarke, Christine Hurley, Sean Sullivan, and many more.

Cast members Nael Nacer, Gigi Watson, Sam Simahk, Celeste Oliva, Kerry A. Dowling, and Barlow Adamson.


In ‘Small Mouth Sounds,’ they’re seekers, not speakers

Bess Wohl’s comedy about six people at a silent retreat doesn’t rely on dialogue to tell their story.

In Boston, Michelle Wolf closes out an attention-getting year

Months after her controversial hosting gig at the White House Correspondents dinner, her stand-up career is flourishing.

Giovanni Formisano

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Giovanni Formisano

By day, Formisano is a server for restaurateur Nick Varano at Strega Prime and Nico. During his off hours, he’s an opera singer.

In this 2013 photo, a street musician performed in Harvard Square.

Cambridge wants more street performers — so it’s eliminating permit fees

The city is making it easier for artists, musicians, and performers to be seen by a wider audience.

Former President Barack Obama


Barack Obama appears on a ‘Hamilton’ song reworked by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Released Friday, ‘‘One Last Time (44 Remix)’’ features Obama reciting a passage from George Washington’s farewell address.


‘Fortnite’ and the legal dance battle royale

With more than 200 million registered players, it’s a game of world-building and post-apocalyptic battles and cultural appropriation.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

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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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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/02/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/harvardart.jpg Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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