The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

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

Playwright Bernard Weinraub at a rehearsal for “Fall.”

At the Huntington, the story that Arthur Miller himself wouldn’t tell

“Fall,” getting its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre, tells of a secret the famed playwright kept all his life.

20SummerComedyPicks Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart Credit: Mathieu Bitton


Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle announce comedy tour, with Boston dates in June

The comedians, each known for their respective shows on Comedy Central, will join forces for a handful of stand-up gigs next month.

Randy Rainbow will be in town to perform at the Wilbur Theatre May 17 and will be guest of honor at the Elliot Norton Awards May 21.


In his wildly popular musical parodies, Randy Rainbow shows his true colors

The self-described musical-theater nerd has channeled his talents into videos — and now a live show — that lampoon the president and his minions.

Latest Theater/Dance headlines

Met says it has evidence James Levine abused or harassed 7 people

The Metropolitan Opera fired Levine as its music director emeritus on March 12, citing evidence of misconduct.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet shines in ‘Classic Balanchine’

The program showcases three aspects of the great choreographer.


BeBe Winans puts his life onstage in the new musical ‘Born for This’

The musical traces BeBe and sister CeCe’s path from their Detroit home to Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Network, to their chart-topping successes afterward.


David Cross doesn’t do ‘dad comedy’ (OK, maybe a little)

The actor, comedian, and new father comes to the Wilbur for two dates, and he promises to not bore you with baby stories.


Critic’s picks: A bounty of ballet, tap, and much more on local stages

10 great performances to follow, from the Berkshires to the Cape.

More Theater/Dance headlines

In this March 22, 2018 photo, comedian Kathy Griffin poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote her upcoming “The Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 20SummerComedyPicks


Critic’s picks: Chappelle and Stewart team up, Kathy Griffin speaks up

10 top comedy performances in the Boston area and beyond.

“Disney’s Aladdin” is at the Opera House July 5-Aug. 5.


Critic’s picks: From ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to ‘Mame,’ the summer onstage

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to summer productions.

Interplay Choreography by Jerome Robbins New York City Ballet Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik nyc 212-362-7778


Putting their best feet forward for Jerome Robbins, America’s dance ‘genius’

The great choreographer’s centennial is being celebrated this year with programs at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Boston Ballet.

Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool 2.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

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

04JaggedPill Rehearsal photos from American Repertory TheaterÕs world premiere production of Jagged Little Pill. Celia Gooding (Frankie) and members of the Ensemble. Credit: Jimmy Ryan

With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ songs of the ‘90s speak to today. Isn’t it ironic?

“Jagged Little Pill,” based on Alanis Morissette’s songs, is very much of the present and may just be the most woke musical since “Hair.”

Shana Dirik as Mrs. Lovett in a Metro Stage Company production of “Sweeney Todd” in 2009.

Stages | Terry Byrne

Actress Shana Dirik uncorks a new theater venture

Her new company will launch with a one-night “pop-up” performance of “Sweeney Todd.”

Ryan Hamilton


Laugh Lines: Ryan Hamilton

A joke from the comic, who plays the Wilbur May 18.

The Ticket: Comedy

This week’s picks: Sean Patton, Wayne Brady, and local comics recounting embarrassing encounters with celebrities.

Lasha Khozashvili lifts Lia Cirio in Boston Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty.”

dance review

Boston Ballet reawakens ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Can a ballet company program “The Sleeping Beauty” too often? If the company is Boston Ballet, the answer is no.

A shakeup at the top for Wheelock Family Theatre

Producing artistic director Linda Chin is losing her job, as Boston University moves to consolidate control over Wheelock College.

Theater produces student’s play on Hitler’s young soldiers

The Company Theatre’s student program presents an original play “The Werewolves,” written by academy student Alex Moon of Scituate.

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak play the Sinclair May 13.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Jared Reinfeldt in “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Stage review

Strutting their stuff in ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’

An Elvis impersonator turns to drag performance in Matthew Lopez’s comedy, at Greater Boston Stage Company.

Boston Ballet principal dancer John Lam in rehearsal.

Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville

Lam has become one of the company’s most articulate, expressive, and versatile principal dancers — a good thing, since he’ll soon be taking lead roles in two very different rotating performances.

Alanis Morissette, shown performing in San Diego in 2017.

The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice

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

Guy Ben-Aharon (left) with Craig Mathers and Annelise Lawson rehearsing “The Last Act”

In this play’s heated setting, conflict isn’t just an act

Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol’s “The Last Act” is getting its world premiere in Boston.

Joel Colodner (left) and Jeremiah Kissel in “Two Jews Walk Into a War . . .”

Stage Review

Keeping Judaism alive in Kabul, one quip at a time

Joel Colodner and Jeremiah Kissel team up for “Two Jews Walk Into a War . . .,” Seth Rozin’s comedy at New Repertory Theatre.

From left: Gary Thomas Ng, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo, and Sam Tanabe in “Allegiance.”

Stage Review

In ‘Allegiance,’ racial injustice is rendered in broad strokes

The musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII suffers from a bit of a split personality.

Finnish comedian Ismo

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Ismo

A joke from the Finnish comedian, who plays Laugh Boston Monday.

Keith Hamilton Cobb will return to perform in his “American Moor,’’ April 10-21, 2019.

ArtsEmerson’s next act: 11 productions, including a remount of ‘American Moor’

Theater companies from Cambodia, Poland, Russia, Ireland, France, and the United Kingdom will be represented in 2018-19 season.

From left: Brooks Reeves, Jeremy Johnson, Joey C. Pelletier, Keith Foster, Michael J. Blunt, David Anderson, and Cody Sloan in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of “Love! Valour! Compassion!”

Stage Review

A moving journey in Zeitgeist’s ‘Love! Valour! Compassion!’

Terrence McNally’s 1994 drama traces the lives of eight gay men.

dance review

Wayne McGregor asks the big questions in ‘Atomos’

The piece that British choreographer Wayne McGregor has brought to the Shubert Theatre this weekend, under the auspices of the Celebrity Series, is elemental but not simple.

In “The Migration,” the performers of Step Afrika! bring the history in Jacob Lawrence’s paintings to animation through South African gumboot, Western African dance, vocals, and drumming.

Dance Review

Step Afrika! brings a sprawling canvas of African-American history to life

The company’s performance, inspired by the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, evokes the migration of African-Americans from the South to the North.

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at the high school on May 12.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 7-13

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, Remember King at Boston Public Library, Banned in Boston, and more.

Trampled by Turtles plays the House of Blues May 8.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Alanis Morissette performed in San Diego in September.


Alanis Morissette reflects on ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and the musical it has inspired

The emotional density of the singer’s epochal 1995 album provided ample fodder for the creative team that includes Diane Paulus, Diablo Cody, and Tom Kitt.

Jill-Christine Wiley (on stairs) plays Maria, governess to the von Trapp family, in “The Sound of Music.”

Stage review

There’s no solving a problem like ‘The Sound of Music’

You already know if you’re a fan. This critic, like so many before, is not.

Ali Wong is at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre Friday and Saturday.


Belly laughs are Ali Wong’s specialty

The comic, who comes to Medford for four weekend shows, has recorded two Netflix specials while pregnant.

Ryan Landry as Vienna Walsh in “Brokelahomo!’’

Stage Review

It’s a wild, wild West in Landry’s ‘Brokelahomo!’

The Gold Dust Orphans’ latest musical parody mashes up “Oklahoma!,’’ “Brokeback Mountain,’’ and westerns.

From left: Ron Domingo, Gary Thomas Ng, Sam Tanabe, and Grace Yoo at a rehearsal of “Allegiance.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ is both a remembrance and a warning

The actor’s musical centers on the internment of Japanese-Americans, including his own family, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Miles Jordan in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Wig Out!”

Stage review

The runway is ablaze, but ‘Wig Out!’ skims its glittering surface

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play about rival drag performers burns up the floor at Oberon. What it lacks, though, is the depth of individual character.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Erica Rhodes

A joke from the Newton native, who plays Laugh Boston May 9.

‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob’ lead Tony pack with 12 nominations

“Angels in America,’’ “The Band’s Visit,’’ and “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel’’ received 11 nods.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” and Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” each nabbed 12 Tony nominations May 1.

Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob’ musical lead Tony nods

Tina Fey’s musical “Mean Girls,” and the goofy undersea adaptation from the cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” took 12 nominations each.

Top: Santiago Ramon y Cajal, glial cells of the mouse spinal cord, 1899. Above: Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, cerebellar Purkinje neurons, 2007.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, April 30-May 6

The Beautiful Brain exhibit, Lexington Tattoo and Muster, Pugs Take Boston, and more.

Michelle Wolf will host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

tv critic’s corner

I hear America zinging at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Michelle Wolf takes on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

From lef: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Pom Klementieff in “Avengers: Infinity War.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Avengers’ heroes, fierce queens, and They Might Be Giants

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

Sophia Ramos, Carmen M. Herlihy, Paula Plum, Carmen Zilles, and Vanessa Kai in “Top Girls.”

Stage Review

A top-notch ‘Top Girls’ at the Huntington

Director Liesl Tommy helms an assured production of Caryl Churchill’s 1982 drama about women’s lives, ambitions, and burdens.

From left: Amanda Collins, Sarah Newhouse, and Sarah Oakes Muirhead in Nora Theatre’s “The Women Who Mapped the Stars.”

Stage REview

Solidarity among female pioneers in bracing drama ‘The Women Who Mapped the Stars’

Nora Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Joyce Van Dyke’s play about astronomers in two eras battling male assumptions.

Randy Rainbow


Randy Rainbow to be guest of honor at Elliot Norton Awards

The Boston Theater Critics Association also announces honors for “The Color Purple’’ and its star, Adrianna Hicks, and for Richard Thomas of “The Humans.’’

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.