The play wasn’t the thing

Susan Choi’s thrilling novel slowly draws the curtain on what appeared to be just high-school drama

Your guide to family entertainment

The best kid-friendly attractions in music, theater, art, dance, and television.

India Haye (left) and Jheneire Loreus held candles during an event celebrating the life and spirit of Nipsey Hussle with a candelight vigil, music, and a panel discussion at Black Market Dudley in Roxbury last week.


How Nipsey Hussle motivated people from Crenshaw to Roxbury

Black and brown communities across the country are celebrating slain rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

Author Margaret Atwood sits for a portait while promoting her new books


Margaret Atwood visits Boston to discuss ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ — and for opera’s opening night

Ahead of the East Coast premiere of Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the celebrated author will discuss the impact of her influential 1985 novel and its cultural resurgence on May 4.

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Stage Review

For Zeitgeist Stage, a flawed finale with ‘Trigger Warning’

David J. Miller wraps up an impressive two-decade run with a problematic production of a world-premiere play about the family of a school shooter.

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Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ Netflix documentary is black history

Queen Bey’s new Netflix documentary and live album celebrate her historic Coachella performance, HBCUs, and black culture.

As Cosette in ‘Les Mis,’ Boston Conservatory grad comes ‘full circle’

Jillian Butler was performing with the cast of “Wicked” in Boston when she got word that she’d won the part.

Dance Review

Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls ask insightful questions in ‘What Remains’

Their 65-minute performance piece that the Institute of Contemporary Art presented over the weekend was a springboard for thought both during and after the show.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 15-21

Historical reenactments, school vacation week fun, a Nat King Cole tribute, and more.

Winter arts guide 2019

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

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SpeakEasy, ART lead Norton nominations for the best in Boston theater

Two musicals, the ART’s “Jagged Little Pill” and SpeakEasy’s “Once,” received the most individual nominations.

Richard Snee, Michael Forden Walker, Bobbie Steinbach, Jennie Israel in Twelfth Night at Lyric Stage. (Mark S. Howard)

Stage Review

Shifting gears and guises in an uneven ‘Twelfth Night’

Richard Snee adds needed comic zest to a co-production by Lyric Stage Company and Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics

Blue Man Group is expanding its schedule, to a total of 18 shows, including additional matinees, during school vacation week.

Family entertainment

Family theater picks

A guide to family-friendly theatrical productions, from KidStage Theater to “PJ Masks Live! Save the Day’’ to “The Perils of Mr. Punch: That’s What I Call Sweet Music!’’

Alvin Ailey will premiere choreographer Rennie Harris’s “Lazarus.”


From historical treasures to hip-hop with Alvin Ailey dance company

The company celebrates its 60th anniversary and honors its legendary founder’s legacy with five wide-ranging programs in Boston.

Aretha Franklin recording gospel album Amazing Grace in 1972, as seen in documentary film

The Weekender: The Queen of Soul, the Mother of Dragons, the Moor of Venice, and a ‘Giant Peach’

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

From left: Aimee Doherty, Brendan O’Brien, and Jared Troilo at rehearsal for “James and the Giant Peach.’’


At Wheelock, a fruitful connection to ‘James and the Giant Peach’

To close out her first season as head of the family theater, Emily Ranii directs “James and the Giant Peach,’’ adapted from a book she loved as a child.

Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in “Cinderella.”


‘Cinderella,’ tap, and ‘The Magic of Merlin’

Family-friendly dance performances come in all styles this spring.

Stage Review

Some surprising twists at the Big Apple Circus

This year, the Big Apple Circus pitches its tent at the Northshore Mall in Peabody.

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, actor Channing Tatum arrives at the premiere of


Channing Tatum gets briefed on ‘Magic Mike’ musical: It opens in Boston

In a new video of rehearsals for the “Magic Mike” musical, Channing Tatum seems to do a double take when he hears the show is opening in Boston, not New York.

Dance Review

Batsheva Dance Company’s ‘Venezuela’ is a rewarding enigma

The Celebrity Series presentation marks Batsheva’s Boston debut.

Betsy Wolfe, Sumayya Ali, Elizabeth Stanely, and Desi Oakley sing “Thank U” from Jagged Little Pill to Diane Paulus.


ART gala raises $1.4 million, honors Diane Paulus and Drew Gilpin Faust

More than 500 people gathered at the Boch Center Wang Theatre for the event.

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Chloe Barcelou

The 29-year-old creative is always dreaming up larger-than-life projects.

Joe Barbara (Sonny) and Frankie Leoni (Young C) and Company of A BRONX TALE. Photo: Joan Marcus

Stage Review

A superficial ‘Bronx Tale’ at the Opera House

Some snappy staging and generally solid performances aren’t enough to make this musical more than an average enterprise.

Stephanie Monseu is the Big Apple Circus’s fourth female ringmaster.

At Big Apple Circus, the ring is hers

Stephanie Monseu will introduce audiences to acrobats, animal acts, and the “world’s strongest mom,” among other performers, and feel exhilaration every time.

English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe performs on the stage of the Stop War Festival, in San Sebastian on March 27, 2016. / AFP / GARI GARAIALDE (Photo credit should read GARI GARAIALDE/AFP/Getty Images)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

“Pod Save America” hosts (from left) Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, and Tommy Vietor.

At the Wang, podcasts bring ex-Obama aides and their listeners together

“Pod Save America” and “Lovett or Leave It” plan back to-back shows over two nights in Boston.

Gene Dante and Juliet Bowler in Not Medea. (Jake Scaltreto)

Critic’s Notebook

At the theater, furious rebuttals in the age of #MeToo

In the Trump era, women’s rage pervades productions from Boston to Broadway.

Glenda Jackson in 2017.

Glenda Jackson, the lion(ess) in winter

The Oscar-winning actress stars as King Lear in New York.

From left: Cassie Foote, Olivia Caputo, and Daniel Thomas Blackwell during a rehearsal of “MacBeth.”


‘MacBeth,’ by way of ‘Blair Witch’

The upstart Underlings Theatre Company brings a contemporary sensibility to a classic, complete with “found footage.”

Brian Coleman hosts the “Buy Me, Boston” Video Loft.

From Betamax to the big screen, a trove of Boston video artifacts

Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts “Buy Me, Boston” author Brian Coleman’s presentation of rarely seen music videos, local-access cable clips, and other archival footage.

Terri Lyne Carrington


Berklee ends Beantown Jazz Fest, partners with BAMS Fest

Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington, artistic director for the Beantown Jazz Festival, will cocurate BAMS Fest.

Gendering bending fashion installation at the MFA. (Michael Blanchard via Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)


Gender bending fashion at the MFA: Men in skirts, women in tuxes, them in genderless gear

A new show at the Museum of Fine Arts traces fashion’s relationship to gender and the way we use it to express ourselves beyond the boxes offered to us.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Mark Wahlberg attends Steven Tyler’s Second Annual GRAMMY Awards Viewing Party to benefit Janie’s Fund presented by Live Nation at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Janie's Fund)


Conor McGregor tries to pick a Twitter fight with Mark Wahlberg

Why McGregor chose to challenge the actor-producer is unclear.

A collection of Harry Potter books. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Sarah L. Voisin

‘Harry Potter’ books burned at Catholic parish in Poland

Priests at a Catholic parish in northern Poland have burned books, including the “Harry Potter” series, and other items that their owners said had evil forces.

Chazz Palminteri in his eponymous midtown restaurant in Manhattan.


Chazz Palminteri and the real-life inspiration for ‘A Bronx Tale’ are forever intertwined

His semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about growing up under the influence of wiseguys has been a one-man show, a movie, and a Broadway musical.

Sara Porkalob in “Dragon Mama.”

Stage Review

A family’s turbulent life and times, brilliantly told, in ‘Dragon Lady’ and ‘Dragon Mama’

In a pair of solo shows, Sara Porkalob portrays her Filipino grandmother, her mother, and herself, along with dozens of other characters.

Actors Raviv Ullman, Tina Fabrqiue, and Joel Colodner in Haunted Life (Meghan Moore)

Stage Review

A portrait of Jack Kerouac as a young man in Merrimack Rep’s ‘Haunted Life’

Receiving its world premiere in the novelist and poet’s hometown of Lowell, the play is adapted from an unfinished manuscript that had been lost for decades.

3/28/19- Left to right, Duggan Hill, Debra Cash, Tony Williams and Joyce Kulhawik. photo by Craig Bailey. Boston Dance Alliance Gala honoring dancer/choreographer and teacher Tony Williams. photo permission by: John Michael Kennedy JMKPR / Communications for Creative Industries


Tony Williams and Duggan Hill honored at Dance Alliance Gala

Dance lovers from around Boston turned out to celebrate.

“Moulin Rouge: La Goulue,” Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891

Globe Magazine

Things to do in Greater Boston this spring

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

Rita Moreno.


Peabody Awards to honor Rita Moreno for career achievement

The actress, singer, and dancer’s alphabet of awards is gaining another letter.

Batsheva Dance Company is at Boch Center Shubert Theatre April 5 and 6.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ opera is coming to Harvard

“Of all the projects I’ve ever done, this is the one that least needs an explanation of why we are doing it,” director Anne Bogart said in a press release.

Seth Meyers performs at the Wilbur Theatre Saturday and Sunday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Seth Meyers, sublime Monets, and savage ‘Veep’

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

American comedian Lenny Bruce (1926 - 1966) at London Airport. (Photo by Dove/Getty Images)

Unstaged play captures Lenny Bruce’s relevance, edgy danger

“Buyer Beware,” the play by Michael Weller that drew a national spotlight to Brandeis University in 2017 when a campus production was derailed, argues that Lenny Bruce has never been more relevant.

From left: Marge Dunn, Marc Pierre, and Rachel Cognata in “Cardboard Piano.”

Stage Review

Love, war, and homophobia in New Rep’s ‘Cardboard Piano’

A young same-sex couple and a child soldier are caught up in the whirlwind of Uganda’s civil war.

Faye Dunaway to be guest of honor at Elliot Norton Awards

The actress will be spotlighted at the annual Boston Theater Critics Association ceremony on May 20.

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Sutton Foster to receive honorary doctorate from Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Tony Award-winning triple threat Sutton Foster is adding another honor to her impressive list of accomplishments.

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Alanis Morissette announces pregnancy in Instagram photo

Alanis Morissette is pregnant with her third child.

Fairy Tales, Revolution series, Ceramic, 9 x 11 x 8 inches, 2017

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

3-20-19: Boston, MA: Misa Kuranaga (left) as

Dance Review

Boston Ballet brings ‘Coppélia’ to splendid life

The production, highlighted opening night by Misa Kuranaga’s Swanilda, is an absolute charmer.

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.