The Weekender: Women in comedy, ‘Top Girls,’ and really long guitar solos

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

Leigh Barrett (pictured with Will McGarrahan in Lyric Stage’s “Souvenir”) will be awarded the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

Huntington Theatre snags 15 Norton nominations

Underground Railway Theater, Wheelock Family Theatre, and Company One are also among the leading nominees.

Brooke Hardman and Omar Robinson in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing.’’


A ‘Much Ado’ that brings Beyoncé to its battle of wits

Christopher V. Edwards adds contemporary touches to Shakespeare’s comedy about love and its tribulations.

Wanda Sykes is among the headliners at this year’s Women in Comedy Festival.


At the Women in Comedy Festival, a rare chance to own the stage

Female comics who typically struggle for their share of the spotlight face no such barriers this weekend.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 23-29

“Wig Out!” in Cambridge, Fusion Cuisine in Somerville, Pathways to Freedom in Boston, and more.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

On Broadway, feeling love for Donna Summer

The pop superstar died before her vision of a musical based on her life could come to fruition. Now it finally has.

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‘On Your Feet!’: A fast-moving formula for fun

Sergio Trujillo’s choreography enlivens a jukebox bio-musical at the Boston Opera House about Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Director Liesl Tommy keeps topping herself

Back in Boston to helm “Top Girls” at the Huntington Theatre, she is also preparing to direct her first feature film — an adaptation of Trevor Noah’s South Africa memoir.

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Aimee Doherty portrays Sally Bowles in Moonbox Productions’ “Cabaret.’’

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Doherty shines brightest in Moonbox’s compelling ‘Cabaret’

The actress seizes the role of the down-but-not-out Sally Bowles as if it’s always belonged to her.

Bethany Van Delft will take part in the “38.7%” stand-up performances being held over three nights.

Catch them if you can at the Women in Comedy Festival

You can’t see all 115 acts at the four-day festival, but here are several that stand out.

A rehearsal for “The Journey,” the inaugural work of Boston University’s InMotion Theatre.

At BU’s new Booth Theatre, room to move and to imagine

“The Journey,” a response to “Moby-Dick” that is the inaugural work of the school’s InMotion Theatre, takes full advantage of the flexible space.

Laugh Lines: Emma Wilmann

A joke from the comic, who headlines Emma Wilmann & Friends at the Brattle Theatre as part of the Women in Comedy Festival.

Big Apple Circus headliners the Wallendas performing their seven-person pyramid.


At Big Apple Circus, feats for the eyes

Now in Somerville, the cozy one-ring circus has redoubled its commitment to entertainment that’s by turns rousing, amusing, and as bustling as the city it’s named for.

A designer's rendering of the North End skating rink transformed for Boston Lyric Opera’s production.

Opera comes to an unlikely location: a skating rink

The Boston Lyric Opera will transform the North End’s Steriti Memorial Rink into a swanky ’50s nightclub for its final production of the season.

Reenactors take aim on the Battle Green in Lexington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 16-22

Patriots Day events, the Folk & Americana Music Series, April school vacation week ideas, and more.

JD McPherson (pictured last September in Nashville) plays the Sinclair April 17.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Joaquin Phoenix in “You Were Never Really Here.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A marathon pre-Marathon weekend

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

Erica Cornejo as Carabosse in a Boston Ballet production of “The Sleeping Beauty.”

Family Entertainment 2018

Family Entertainment: Dance picks

Ducklings, mermaids, and sleeping beauties are just some of the attractions in top Boston-area dance performances this spring.

“STOMP” is coming to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

Family Entertainment 2018

It’s all about the beat for these two shows

In the dynamic “STOMP” and “Body Music” productions, rhythm’s the thing.

Ethan Slater stars as the title character in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical,’’ at the Palace Theatre.

Family Entertainment 2018

Broadway beckons with ‘SpongeBob,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ and ‘Frozen’

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin appraises new stage adaptations aimed at young theatergoers and their parents.

Bonnie Duncan with Bird and Candy Machine in “Lollipops for Breakfast,” at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline.

Family Entertainment 2018

Ten theatrical treats for the family

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to youth-oriented productions, including “Stuart Little,’’ “Lollipops for Breakfast,’’ and “The Sound of Music.”

“The Wiz” director Dawn Simmons (left) and choreographer Jean Appolon.

Family Entertainment 2018

A New Orleans-infused ‘Wiz’ is easing on down the road

Director Dawn Simmons and her creative team are adding some fresh ingredients to the production at Lyric Stage.

Donald McKayle, Broadway and modern dance choreographer

Mr. McKayle, 87, was one of the first choreographers to weave the African-American experience into the fabric of modern dance.

“On Your Feet!” tells the life story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan


How ‘On Your Feet!’ found its rhythm

A musical about the Estefans’ true-life, rags-to-riches immigrant tale doesn’t lack for family drama.

Ira Glass, host of “This American Life.”

Ira Glass has stories to tell about telling stories

The “This American Life” host talks Broadway musicals, his radio voice, and why reporting based on facts is losing the media war.

Classical cellist Jan Vogler and actor Bill Murray (seated) will play at the Orpheum and in Worcester this month.

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler’s unlikely duet

The actor and cellist didn’t know each other when they met at an airport. Now they’re performing together.

Johnny Lee Davenport, Lindsey McWhorter, and Dan Whelton in Lyric Stage’s “Anna Christie.”

Stage Review

‘Anna Christie’ shows its age at Lyric Stage

An adaptation by Scott Edmiston can’t transcend the melodramatic trappings of this early Eugene O’Neill play.

Cambridge-born actress Barrett Wilbert Weed plays Janis “Ian” Sarkisian in the Broadway adaptation of “Mean Girls.”


From Cambridge to Broadway, Barrett Wilbert Weed’s path to ‘Mean Girls’

The Walnut Hill School grad grew up loving the movie, but as the outsider Janis, she has a more contemporary take on her character.

A song from last year’s Banned in Boston show.

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Pols and celebs team up for ‘Banned in Boston’

The politicians and local luminaries will be part of the show, which includes skits, spoofs, and musical numbers. Brace yourself.

“Conference of the Birds” is the latest work by ANIKAYA Dance Theater choreographer-dancer Wendy Jehlen.

Dance Review

A gathering of dancers for ‘Conference of the Birds’

Choreographer-dancer Wendy Jehlen offers an ambitious work that bridges cultures.

April 14 is Kite Day at Cogswell’s Grant in Essex.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 9-15

Kite Day, the Boston International Film Festival, Native American art at the MFA, and more.

Style Watch

Fashion spotting at the American Repertory Theater’s annual gala

Partygoers at the ART celebration at the Boch Center Wang Theatre showed a flair for the dramatic.

Camille Seaman’s “Breaching Iceberg, Greenland, August 8, 2008” is part of “33°” at Brown University’s Bell Gallery through May 27.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Jason Clarke portrays Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara is Mary Jo Kopechne in “Chappaquiddick.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Kennedys, Wallendas, and Nervous Eaters

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

Vincent Macrina, band director for The Brockton High School Advanced Concert Band, led his band in a three-movement musical piece by Randy Klein.

High school musicians bring history of Brockton to life

The Brockton High School Advanced Concert Band prepared for months to perform the new composition.

Christopher V. Edwards is in his first season as artistic director at Actors’ Shakespeare Project.


Theater company speaks his (and Shakespeare’s) language

New artistic director Christopher Edwards is putting his stamp on Actors’ Shakepeare Project.

Karen Olivo

Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein to headline ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’

The Broadway-bound world premiere is slated for June at Boston’s restored Colonial Theatre.

The Wallendas’ seven-person pyramid.

Nik Wallenda walks the line with Big Apple Circus

The high-line daredevil, who has crossed the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, will perform under the Big Top at Assembly Row.

“We have a really deep bench of Boston talent out here this summer,’’ says Allyn Burrows, artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox.

At Shakespeare & Company, a Boston accent

When casting the summer season for the Lenox-based troupe, artistic director Allyn Burrows looked to the Hub. “We have a really deep bench of Boston talent,” he said.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Jimmy O. Yang

A joke from the actor and comedian, who plays Laugh Boston Sunday.

Things to Do

Things to do in Greater Boston this spring

Your calendar of events, music, theater, museum exhibitions, and more for early April through mid-June.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)


At Harvard, Lin-Manuel Miranda meets with Latino activists

The “Hamilton” creator attended the America Adelante conference at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership on Thursday night.

Israel Horovitz (center) observed a rehearsal with the cast of his play

At Gloucester Stage, a reckoning with Israel Horovitz’s legacy

Preparing for a new season in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the playwright, his theater faces the challenge of crafting a new artistic identity.

Jacob Athyal and Harsh J. Gagoomal in Underground Railway Theater’s production of “Guards at the Taj,” which runs through April 1 at Central Square Theater, Cambridge.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Returning to her feminist roots

Veteran Broadway, film, and television actress Christine Lahti has just published her new memoir, “True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age.”

A scene from Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Lost dogs, emo foxes, and Easter bunnies

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

Regine Vital as Antigone in Flat Earth Theatre’s production of “Antigone.”

Stage Review

Lines get crossed in Flat Earth’s muddled ‘Antigone’

The show goes on, but an actor’s struggles with the script undermine a production at the Mosesian Center.

Mr. Williams won a Tony award in 1976.

Sammy Williams, 69; Tony winner in ‘A Chorus Line’

Mr. Williams won a Tony in his Broadway debut for his wrenching monologue as Paul, a tormented young gay man and aspiring dancer.

Benjamin Evett and Laura Latreille in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Bakelite Masterpiece.”

Stage review

Painting as if his life depended on it in New Rep’s ‘Masterpiece’

In “The Bakelite Masterpiece,’’ Benjamin Evett plays an art forger threatened with execution in postwar Amsterdam and Laura Latreille portrays his interrogator.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// 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

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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