The Weekender: ‘Fun Home,’ funny guys, and Pooh bears

Your guide to the best things to do in Boston and beyond.

Bruce Springsteen in “Springsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York.

Critic’s Notebook

A lifetime of connection with Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen is on Broadway in a transcendent evening of songs, stories, and ruminations, performed almost completely solo.

Samuel H. Levine (left) and McKinley Belcher III in “A Guide for the Homesick.”

Stage Review

‘Guide for the Homesick’ an absorbing tale of conscience and connection

Two men struggle with personal guilt in world premiere of a drama by Ken Urban at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Actress Laura Michelle Kelly, producer Harvey Weinstein, and director Diane Paulus at the opening night of “Finding Neverland” at the American Repertory Theater.

Why did AIDS charity auction money go to a Cambridge theater — and Harvey Weinstein’s pocket?

Harvey Weinstein reportedly arranged for $600,000 raised for charity to be sent to the American Repertory Theater, earmarked to reimburse Weinstein and fellow “Finding Neverland” investors.

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Stage Review

An exquisite duet in Lyric Stage’s ‘Souvenir’

Ten years after appearing in its original Lyric production, Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan re-team for this funny, touching play about Florence Foster Jenkins and her accompanist.

Dance Review

Faye Driscoll gets ‘Play’-ful at the ICA

The choreographer’s “Thank You for Coming: Play” is painfully serious, and pretentious to boot.

Andy McGhee, 89, big band saxophonist who taught at Berklee

Mr. McGhee played with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman.

Roy Dotrice, 94, prolific actor and Tony winner

Mr. Dotrice, who began performing as a prisoner of war in Germany, worked in Britain and America for six decades, notably in one-man shows.

Stage Review

In a superb ‘Fun Home,’ pain and beauty live side by side

The Tony-winning musical about a lesbian cartoonist and her late father is a wrenching journey of memory and self-discovery, laced with wit and humor.

More Theater/Dance headlines

Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice in the New Repertory Theatre production of “Oleanna.”

theater review

In New Rep’s ‘Oleanna,’ a power play in academia

David Mamet’s play focuses on a showdown between a female undergraduate and a male professor.

Eliott Purcell


A mind meld with his ‘Curious’ character

Actor Eliott Purcell isn’t new to demanding parts, but his starring role in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is uniquely challenging.

A ‘Daily’ dose gave Wood’s comedy the boost it needed

Roy Wood Jr.’s experience on the Comedy Central news show has given his stand-up act a topical edge it once lacked.

Evelyn Howe and Omar Robinson in “Lost Tempo” at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

Stage Review

‘Lost Tempo’ hits the right notes

A gifted but troubled saxophonist gets a second chance at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.


In Stoneham, opening a theatrical conversation

“Alligator Road,” off-beat comedy by Callie Kimball is the inaugural play in a new series at the Greater Boston Stage Company.

Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice during rehearsal of “Oleanna,” a two-actor play, at New Rep Theatre in Watertown.

‘Oleanna’ takes on a renewed topicality at New Rep

David Mamet’s two-character play is a study in power and privilege.

The VIP Lounge with Kate Shindle

The actress, who plays the lead in the national tour of “Fun Home,” said she is looking forward to coming to Boston and riding her bike along the Charles River when she is in town.

Josh Homme and Queens of The Stone Age play Agganis Arena Oct. 21.

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

Picks from Globe critics.

The Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” is based on a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel.

Alison Bechdel, bringing it all back ‘Home’

The cartoonist’s memoir became a Tony-winning musical that comes to the Boston Opera House on Tuesday.

“Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer” will screen during the GlobeDocs Film Festival.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Great docs, cranky comics, jock gems, and Wonder Women

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

Dorchester product Sam Jay has a half-hour special airing on Comedy Central this weekend.

New ‘SNL’ writer Sam Jay thrives on a challenge

The comic, who rose quickly in the Boston scene, also has a half-hour “Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents . . .” special that debuts Saturday morning at 12:30.

Sean Sullivan


Laugh Lines: Boston comic Sean Sullivan

He celebrates the release of his new album, “Song & Dance Man,” Friday at The Gas at Great Scott.

Lots in the Seaport District that are planned for redevelopment. The Seaport Performing Arts Center, part of the Seaport Square development, may be built where the parking lots exist now.

Proposed Seaport theaters raise hopes, and questions

A new plan for three theaters in Boston’s Seaport area has triggered excitement. But now come the big questions — and criticisms.

Brianne Beatrice (foreground) and Sarah Bendell are shown during a rehearsal for “Alligator Road.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

In Stoneham, this yarn has a generous benefactor

“Alligator Alley” is the first world premiere to receive backing from a fund created by local theater patron Don Fulton.

Fall Arts preview

A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

Bruno Mars plays TD Garden Saturday and Sunday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Paranoid androids, jazz heavies, and some decent costume ideas

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

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield recently removed a mural featuring an image of a Chinese character that plays into an archaic stereotype.

Critic’s Notebook

In Springfield, Dr. Seuss is at center of a cultural clash

An image created by Theodor Geisel years ago is resonating in an unintended — and to some, an unpleasant — way today.

Alexander Maryianowski and Anaïs Chalendard perform “L’abandon,” choreographed by Florimond Lorieux, during the “BB@home” program “Dancer/Dance-makers.”

Boston Ballet showcases dancers’ choreography in captivating evening

Part of the “BB@home” series, the program featured premieres choreographed by six Boston Ballet dancers, performed by fellow company members in an intimate black-box setting.

“A Guide for the Homesick” playwright Ken Urban (left) and director Colman Domingo.


Lost souls try to make peace with the past in ‘A Guide for the Homesick’

Ken Urban’s play imagines two men in an Amsterdam hotel room, reckoning with choices they’ve made.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Joe Machi

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.

Isaiah Plovnick and Lindsay Eagle in Flat Earth Theatre’s staging of “A Bright Room Called Day.”

Stage review

In Kushner’s ‘Bright Room,’ a dark parable for our times

Flat Earth Theatre brings all-out passion to a play that cuts between 1930s Germany and Reagan-era America.

Actor George Wendt.

George Wendt to star as Santa when ‘Elf’ comes to Boston

The actor — best known for his portrayal of Norm on “Cheers” — originated the role of Santa in the Broadway production of the musical.

Albert Innaurato (left) during cast rehearsals for

Albert Innaurato, 70, playwright who lit up Broadway

Mr. Innaurato’s “Gemini’’ ran on Broadway for more than four years.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 2-8

The Handel and Haydn Society, WGBH’s Food & Wine Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, and more.

“Home,” presented by ArtsEmerson at the Paramount Center, runs through Oct. 1.

Stage Review

Building a house, and a life, in ArtsEmerson’s ‘Home’

Geoff Sobelle’s nearly wordless theater piece captures the drama of everyday life.

Mike Birbiglia will play six shows over five days (Oct. 4-8) at the Wilbur Theatre.


Mike Birbiglia’s got a new tale to tell

The comedian and storyteller isn’t tipping his hand about “The New One,” which he’ll perform six times at the Wilbur this week.

Briana Carlson-Goodman as Eva in North Shore Music Theatre’s “Evita.”

Stage Review

North Shore’s ‘Evita’ lacking just a touch of star quality

There’s a tentative quality to the two lead performers in this otherwise engrossing production.

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Stone on the court, Cruise in the air, and a house on a stage

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

Beth Stelling

Laugh Lines

Beth Stelling

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.

The life cycle of a house interacts with the life cycles of its various inhabitants over time in “Home.”

In ArtsEmerson’s ‘Home,’ a community is under construction

“Home” begins with a mostly bare stage, upon which a group of actors build a house and then inhabit it.


Drizly adds to its board

Eight stories you may have missed Tuesday from the world of business.

The DACA message went up earlier this month after the Trump administration’s announcement it was terminating DACA.

‘We choose: hope, love, respect,’ Paramount Center marquee says

The Emerson College theater is speaking out against hate and in favor of harmony.

Stephen Spinella (left) as Andy Warhol and Dan Butler as Truman Capote in “WARHOLCAPOTE.”

Stage review

Art, celebrity, and some high-speed talk in ‘WARHOLCAPOTE’ at the ART

Stephen Spinella is ingenuous as an understated Andy Warhol, while Dan Butler takes glee in Truman Capote’s over-the-top stories in this world premiere.


Auditions set for Franklin company’s holiday musicals

The Franklin Performing Arts Company is holding open auditions Saturday, Oct. 7 for its original musical “’Tis the Season!” and a new holiday musical comedy.

From her post, stage manager Heather Chockley can view every angle of the stage.

Backstage at ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ a maestro runs the show

In this lavish production, Heather Chockley makes sure everything runs as precisely as it should.

Solange performs Sept. 28 at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Sarah Newhouse, Richard Snee, Jesse Hinson. Exit The King. (Nile Hawver) 10falltheaterpicks


‘Fun Home,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ and more stage highlights

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to fall productions in Boston and beyond.

Dan Butler as Truman Capote in “WARHOLCAPOTE” at American Repertory Theater.


He answered a 911 call to play Capote in ART’s ‘WarholCapote’

There’s no script for what actor Dan Butler has experienced.

John Cleese


John Cleese is amused that you’re amused

He’s bringing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to the Wang Theatre Saturday for a screening and audience Q&A.

Ms. Pat is one of the performers in the Boston Comedy Festival.

Ms. Pat learned it’s no crime to be funny

A former drug dealer and convicted felon, she turned a corner after a caseworker encouraged her to get onstage and tell jokes.

Giulia Rozzi

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Giulia Rozzi

A joke from the comic, who cohosts her “Hopefully We Don’t Break Up” podcast Saturday at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville as part of the Boston Comedy Festival.

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.