President Trump, first lady again opt out of Kennedy Center Honors

For the second year in a row, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not be at the Kennedy Center Honors gala, which will be held Dec. 2.

From left: Peyton Crim, Scott Cote, Evan Alexander Smith, and Ned Noyes in “The Play That Goes Wrong.”

Stage Review

Making theatrical ineptitude funny in a delirious ‘Play That Goes Wrong’

A skilled cast constructs layer upon layer of inspired absurdity at Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Bob Random and Oja Kodar in “The Other Side of the Wind.”

Ty Burr

Orson Welles’s final film finally arrives

The auteur’s “The Other Side of the Wind” can be seen on Netflix.

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Denis Leary added viral obituary for Boston sports fan to Comics Come Home set

“The obituary not only made me laugh out loud but really struck me as a celebration of someone who absolutely lived her life to the fullest,” the comedian said.

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Holiday Arts Preview: Dance picks

From “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” to a dance version of Charles Dickens’s classic “A Christmas Carol,” a bounty of choreography celebrates the season.

From a decade at ART, Diane Paulus mashes up a musical medley in ‘ExtraOrdinary’

The cabaret-style show, also featuring narratives by each of the performers, is drawn from a deep well — the 30-plus musicals produced at the ART under Diane Paulus.

Conductor embraces the magic of ‘The Nutcracker’

Mischa Santora, Boston Ballet’s new music director, has never conducted the complete ballet. But that all changes Nov. 29, opening night.

Grouches are ‘Grinch’ actor Gavin Lee’s specialty

“I love the way audiences connect with these outcasts,” says the actor, who also played Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Broadway.

Stages | Terry Byrne

Moonbox troupe charts an adventurous course

The little theater company that could takes on its most ambitious effort yet: two “lost at sea” tales performed in repertory.

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this fall

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

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Gavin Lee in Pompeii.

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The VIP Lounge with Gavin Lee (a.k.a. the Grinch)

We caught up with Lee, who will play the lead in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” coming to the Boch Center Wang Theatre Nov. 28 through Dec. 9., to talk about all things travel.

Dance Heginbotham performing

Dance Review

Dance Heginbotham takes it easy at NEC

John Heginbotham’s use of live music attests to his heritage with Mark Morris; so does his choreography, which at this weekend’s Celebrity Series engagement was enjoyably light-hearted but verging on lightweight.

A member of Abby Z and the New Utility onstage in “abandoned playground.”

Dance Review

Abby Zbikowski and the New Utility get physical

Over the course of 55 minutes, the members of the company go where few dancers have gone before.

A scene from Odyssey Opera's performance of “Le Médecin Malgré Lui.”

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Odyssey’s ‘Le Médecin Malgre Lui’ is just what the doctor ordered

Wonderfully sung, the opéra-comique concludes Odyssey Opera’s fall celebration of Charles Gounod’s bicentennial.

Siobhan Carroll, Karen MacDonald, Ryan Winkles, Maureen Keiller, and Sarah Mass in Here We Go, 2018-Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva

Stage Review

Mortality, mistaken identity, and a singular vision in ‘Blue Kettle’ and ‘Here We Go’

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is presenting two one-act plays by the great British dramatist Caryl Churchill, directed by Bryn Boice.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18

11ticketmuseum Frank E Schoonover: Visions of America at Norman Rockwell Museum through May 27, 2019. Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972), Abe Catherson (Pony Express Rider), 1916. Illustration for The Range Boss by Charles Alden Seltzer, A.C. McClurg & Company. Oil on canvas, 36 x 27 in. Private collection.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Playwright Michael Cristofer (above) watches Kyle Vincent Terry (top left) and John Douglas Thompson (top right) during a rehearsal of “Man in the Ring.”

In this corner, a man of contradictions

The biographical play “Man in the Ring” sets out to reconcile the many sides of boxing great Emile Griffith.

Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) in Columbia Pictures' THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB.

Things to Do

The Weekender: A franchise fail, a festival of films, and a fabulous farce

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

Alex Alpharaoh in “WET: A DACAmented Journey.”

For this noncitizen, there’s risk in every performance

Alex Alpharaoh was brought into the United States illegally when he was an infant. That’s the beginning of his story, which unfolds in “WET: A DACAmented Journey.”

Brooke Shapiro (left) and Blake Hammond in “Hairspray.”

Stage Review

‘Hairspray’: It’s got a catchy beat — and a social conscience, too

Jeff Whiting directs and choreographs a dynamic production at North Shore Music Theatre.

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‘Hamilton’ cast members spend a night off with Burr

On the eve of the midterm election, Globe cultural critic Ty Burr welcomed three cast members of “Hamilton” to a sold-out panel discussion at the Old South Meeting House.

Yndira Perea Cuesta performed a solo dance in “The City of Others.”

Dance Review

Sankofa Danzafro redefines ‘The City of Others’

The Colombian company’s performance is nonstop action — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t leave room for thought.


Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 5-11

Get the Look at the MFA, Boston Jewish Film Festival, Veterans Day salutes, and more.

Reina Sawai, Anaïs Chalendard, and Dalay Parrondo in Hannah Bettes’s “In Search of Lost Time.”

Dance Review

Boston Ballet women step up in ‘BB@home’

Thursday night’s program in an intimate black box setup in Boston Ballet’s headquarters was dedicated to original works created by six female dance-makers within the company

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Things to Do

The Weekender: Wu-Tang Clan, ‘Homecoming,’ and the king of Queen

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

The José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 31st annual production of “The Nutcracker” begins on Nov. 30.

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It’s nearly that time: ‘Nutcracker’ season

Dates have been announced for the José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 31st annual production, with performances at the Cutler Majestic Theatre and the Strand.


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 4-10

A weekly calendar of literary events.

USA. Albany, Georgia. August 1962. Eddie BROWN, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from the North, is arrested and calmly carried away by Albany police after a sit-in. 04ticketgaller Danny Lyon: The Only Thing I Saw Worth Leaving at Bell Gallery, Brown, through Dec. 19, 2018.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, John Cena presents the Jimmy V perseverance award at the ESPYS in Los Angeles. WWE is set to hold its Crown Jewel event Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Cena, the 15-year face of the company who could not be reached for comment, was widely reported to have misgivings about his participation in the event and how it might affect his blossoming movie career. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)


John Cena will not appear in WWE event in Saudi Arabia

The WWE has chosen to go forward with the Crown Jewel event in Riyadh after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” centers on a troupe of hapless amateur actors.

A lot went right for ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Before it reached Broadway, the comedy — about a show that comes apart at the seams — got its start in a ramshackle theater upstairs from a London pub.

Boston Ballet dancer/choreographer Lia Cirio (right) rehearses her piece “Sta(i)r(e)s” with dancers (from left) Matthew Slattery, Daniel Cooper, Lawrence Rines, and Maria Alvarez.

Boston Ballet project aims to lift women choreographers

Women choreographers remain strikingly rare on most major ballet stages. Now Boston Ballet plans to help change that with a multiyear initiative.

Heather Headley


Heather Headley does Broadway her way

The Tony- and Grammy Award-winning performer will showcase some of her favorites in a solo show at Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Denis Leary at the 2017 installment of Comics Come Home.

Leary calls on friends, new and old, to fill the bill at Comics Come Home

The lineup for this year’s TD Garden show includes Brian Regan, Jim Breuer, Jessica Kirson, and Billy Gardell.

02comics Brian Regan plays Comics Come Home at the TD Garden Saturday, Nov. 3. Photo credit: Friedman Bergman

Laugh lines from the stars of Comics Come Home

A sampling from Brian Regan, Jessica Kirson, and more.

Lucas McMahon at a fair in West Tisbury.


The VIP Lounge with Lucas McMahon

We caught up with the Marblehead native, a producer of “The Play That Goes Wrong,” who studied theater and business at Northwestern University, to talk about all things travel.

Louis C.K., co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the


Louis C.K.’s official return to stand-up comedy draws protesters

The Newton native appeared on Monday in his first advertised shows since admitting to sexual misconduct almost a year ago.

The Boston Globe’s Marcela García rehearses for the upcoming “Globe Live” show.


Third ‘Globe Live’ storytelling event comes to the Emerson Paramount Center this weekend

The shows Nov. 3 and 4 will include a number of Boston Globe journalists sharing stories from the newsroom and beyond.

Sarah Newhouse (left), Bill Mootos, and Lisa Joyce in “The Salonnières.”

Stage Review

Gender, class, and clashes in a Parisian literary salon

Greater Boston Stage Company is presenting the world premiere of “The Salonnières,’’ by Liz Duffy Adams.

Betsy Boxberger Khalil and Vincent Brewer in “Souvenir.”

Dance Review

City Ballet of Boston makes its debut with a lively ‘Souvenir’

The mixed repertory program is one of three productions (including “Urban Nutcracker”) that Anthony Williams’s company is planning for its inaugural season.

Dancers performed Ephrat Asherie’s “Odeon” at the New England Conservatory’s new 225-seat Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre

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Asherie’s ‘Odeon’ a perfect opener for the Plimpton Shattuck

For its first event at New England Conservatory’s new 225-seat Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, the Celebrity Series could hardly have picked a better work.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Day of the Dead, Interactive Art at the ICA, and more.

Anastasia Lebedeva, Alexey Rakhmanov in Measure By Measure. (Johan Persson)

Stage Review

This ‘Measure for Measure’ has never seemed more timely

In this collaborative staging by Moscow- and London-based theater troupes, Shakespeare’s play reverberates as if it were written with today’s #MeToo movement in mind.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

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Fest of Italian books and culture; fiction and old photos

IDEA Boston will take place Nov. 2 and 3 at the in the Dante Alighieri building in Cambridge.

The 10-year anniversary production of “Rock of Ages’’ has stopped for a brief run at the Wang Theatre.

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Schlocky ‘Rock of Ages’ out of tune with the times

The 10-year anniversary production of “Rock of Ages’’ at the Wang Theatre comes across as formulaic, dated, gimmicky, and lazy.

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Witch history casts a spell in Salem

The Salem Witch Trials took place over 300 years ago, but crowds still flock to Salem every October to learn more. Here’s where to go.

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Jenny Slate’s at home with stand-up

The Milton native returns to Massachusetts and to comedy, while also juggling a book project.

Walter Sikert & the Devil’s Twins are part of “Old School Game Show” at the Wilbur.

Things to Do

The Weekender: A scary good time, and all your Halloween costume ideas

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

Alan Abel pictured in 1964 in Chicago.

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He knew how to coax a hoax

Alan Abel, who died last month, pretty much invented fake news.

Paula Plum (left) and Adrianne Krstansky in Lyric Stage Company’s production of “The Roommate.”

Stage review

Heeding the call of the wild in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Roommate’

In Jen Silverman’s comic drama, a staid Iowa divorcee is transformed by her new roommate, a lesbian slam poet from the Bronx.

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.