‘The Black Clown’ unveils America’s three-ring circus of racism

A.R.T.’s “The Black Clown” isn’t just a stirring performance of the Langston Hughes poem. From Botham Jean to Colin Kaepernick to Reginald Andrade, it’s the circus of racism in America.

The “Hamilton” touring production, now at the Boston Opera House.

Stage Review

‘Hamilton,’ the hit heard ’round the world, arrives in Boston (finally) with a bang

This exhilarating touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster serves notice that “Hamilton’’ is built to last.

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Boston pianist Eric Lu wins Leeds piano competition

Lu, 20, was the youngest of the five finalists who performed over the weekend.

Mila Kunis (center) was presented with her award during the Hasty Pudding 68th Woman of the Year celebration in January. The troupe has cast women for the first time.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals casts first female performers

The inclusion of women in the cast reflects a changing social scene on the Ivy League college’s campus, where traditionally all-male and all-female social groups are losing their clout.

Latest Theater/Dance headlines

Trajal Harrell lays bare the hootchy-kootchy in ‘Caen Amour’

“Caen Amour” imagines “a fictional encounter between early modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, butoh creator Tatsumi Hijikata, and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo.”

Lyric Stage to take City Stage under its wing

The longtime children’s theater company and the adult professional theater company have announced plans to merge.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 24-30

Family-friendly BostonFIG Fest, Cemetery Cinema at Mount Auburn, free Boston Pops concert, and more.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Jim Petosa to step down from New Rep at season’s end

He also plans to relinquish his post at BU’s School of Theatre “to allow room for new artists to rise and lead.”

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/09booksFallReading.jpg 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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Marsha Mason will direct “Talisman Roses.”

With Mason and Plummer aboard, Tennessee Williams Festival to stage another premiere

“Talisman Roses,” a never-produced early play, is one of this year’s Provincetown festival highlights.

Jeremy Alliger, founder of Dance Umbrella.

Dance Umbrella’s adventurous legacy showcased in Emerson College exhibit

For two decades, Dance Umbrella treated New England audiences to some of the most exciting and adventurous contemporary dance around.

21hamilton Company -HAMILTON National Tour - (c) Joan Marcus.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lizzie,’ Bobby, and Chick

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

The cover for Michelle Obama’s book,


Tickets for Michelle Obama’s ‘intimate conversation’ at Boston’s TD Garden go on sale Friday

The former first lady’s book tour event — which comes to Boston Saturday, Nov. 24 — is shaping up to be the next must-see show in town.

Rufus Collins (left) and Mark Zeisler at a rehearsal for “Sherlock’s Last Case.”


Comedy is afoot in ‘Sherlock’s Last Case’

The Huntington Theatre production amplifies the more outrageous aspects of Holmes and Watson’s relationship to comic and chaotic effect.

Steve Auger in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of “Vicuña.”

Stage Review

Zeitgeist’s ‘Vicuña’ is a political satire tailored for these times

A Trump-like tycoon seeks the presidency in Jon Robin Baitz’s scorching play.

21Riverside SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Tyrees Allen, Lewis D. Wheeler, Maureen Keiller and Stewart Evan Smith. Credit: Nile Scott Studios

Stage Review

At ‘Between Riverside and Crazy,’ the characters are the fixer-uppers

No one is beyond repair — or, crucially, redemption — in this outstanding SpeakEasy production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s perceptive, humane, frequently funny play.

Owner Rick Jenkins during the “soft opening” phase at the Comedy Studio in Somerville.

Comedy Studio set to reopen in Somerville’s Union Square

After 21 years in Harvard Square, a new era begins for owner Rick Jenkins and his club.

From left: Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Don Aucoin

‘Hamilton’ and the sound of dissent

Born during the Obama years, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical resonates differently in the era of Donald Trump.

Seven injured after camel is spooked at Pittsburgh circus

Seven people, most of them children, are recovering after the animal started bucking while giving a ride to an adult and two children.

09FallArtPicks Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society/ Worcester Art Museum. Thomas Chambers (1808-1866), Lake George and the Village of Caldwell, ca. 1850. Oil on canvas. The New-York Historical Society, Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund, 1977.13. Image courtesy of Worcester Art Museum.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Jeff Zinn


Jeff Zinn leaving Gloucester Stage

Christopher Griffith, marketing and development director, has been named interim managing director.

Nicholas Christopher, who plays Aaron Burr in a touring production of “Hamilton.”

As Aaron Burr in ‘Hamilton,’ Winchester’s Nick Christopher gets his shot

The actor from Winchester passed on a chance to understudy in the original production of “Hamilton,” but now he has no regrets.

Legendary folk music artist Joan Baez, at her northern California home, is on her final tour. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Ramona Rosales

Things to Do

The Weekender: Folk heroes, good dogs, and ‘SNL’ stars’ reunion

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

Lisa Banes (left) and Jordan Boatman in “The Niceties.”

Stage Review

History and race as a battleground in ‘The Niceties’

The drama by Brookline native Eleanor Burgess is getting its world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Christopher Wheeldon directed and choreographed the 2015 Broadway musical “An American in Paris,” which he has helped make into a film.

‘An American in Paris’ dances onto the screen

Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon discusses the genesis of the new film, which will be screened at Boston area theaters on Sept. 20 and 23.

Josephine Decker, director and writer of


‘Madeline’s Madeline’ writer-director Josephine Decker on her experimental portrait of a young actress

The filmmaker is slated to discuss her much-anticipated new film at the Brattle Theatre this Saturday.

From left: Michael Kaye, Dennis Trainor Jr. (partially hidden), Ken Cheeseman, and Shelley Bolman in New Repertory Theatre's “Straight White Men.”

Stage Review

Lee throws an intriguing curve with ‘Straight White Men’

New Repertory Theatre stages the regional premiere of the first play by an Asian-American female playwright to be presented on Broadway.

Director David Miller talks with actress Maureen Adduci before running a scene from Zeitgeist Stage Company's “Cakewalk” at the BCA Black Box Theatre in 2016.

New season will be Zeitgeist theater company’s last

Citing declining ticket sales, founding artistic director David Miller has decided to close his company after 18 years.

From left: Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, and Tim Rice joined an elite group of artists Sunday when they won the Emmy Award for outstanding variety special. They’re now in the exclusive EGOT club.

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice join the elite EGOT club

Winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards is akin to the grand slam of performing arts awards.

Dancers during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet production of “Genius at Play” at the Opera House.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet kicks up its heels in ‘Genius at Play’

Boston Ballet’s season opener, “Genius at Play,” celebrates the centennial of Jerome Robbins, who was most certainly a genius and also the greatest choreographer America has produced.

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John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners

The Emmy win for “Jesus Chris Superstar” on Sunday united Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice with Emmys to go with their Tonys, Grammys, and Oscars — the four biggest prizes in show business.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 10-16

A comedy festival, figure skating, artists’ open studios, and more.

Musician Van Morrison from Northern Ireland performs on the Stravinski Hall stage during the 46th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, Saturday, July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

“Pandas” is screening at the Museum of Science.


Fall Arts Preview: Family entertainment picks

Pandas, robots, caterpillars, and Gorillaz? A look at attractions for kids of all ages in Boston and beyond.

Cameron Esposito will perform Oct. 6 at the Wilbur.


Fall Arts Preview: Comedy picks

Plenty of laughs are in store this fall from the likes of Eric Idle, Lewis Black, Chris Fleming, and Kevin Hart.

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Stormy Daniels makes an appearance in Portland club

The adult film star was in Portland Wednesday for the first of a two-night performance at PT’s Showclub.

Davóne Tines (center) stars in “The Black Clown,” premiering at American Repertory Theater.

Stage Review

Pure poetry from ART’s ‘The Black Clown’

At the ART, “The Black Clown” confronts America’s racial history while celebrating the music and dance that has enriched its culture.

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Things to Do

The Weekender: Drake, Jim Carrey, and podcasts in person

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

FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda appears at the curtain call following the opening night performance of

How to get $10 tickets to ‘Hamilton’ in Boston

Don't throw away your shot at these discounted seats.

Alex McAleer has toured with “Champions of Magic” since 2014.

Fall Arts Preview 2018

For this champion of mind-reading, tricks are far from routine

One of the stars of “Champions of Magic,” Alex McAleer has made a career of you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me moments, translating the intimacy of his mental magic onto the big stage.

Young Jean Lee

Young Jean Lee examines a species known as ‘Straight White Men’

The play, getting a production at New Repertory Theatre, explores how the patriarchy hurts the people who are part of it.

Clockwise from front left: Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Stewart Evan Smith, Lewis D. Wheeler, Maureen Keiller, Celeste Oliva, Alejandro Simoes, and Tyrees Allen star in “Between Riverside and Crazy.”

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In Guirgis’s ‘Riverside,’ to err is the most human thing of all

The playwright’s Pulitzer Prize winner gets its New England premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Company.

Ephrat Asherie Dance will make its Boston debut Oct. 26-27 at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre.

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Groundbreaking dance in a new black box theater

A new Celebrity Series of Boston initiative brings dance with live music to the New England Conservatory’s new Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre.

Jennifer Coolidge will receive a lifetime achievement award during the Boston Comedy Festival finale at the Somerville Theatre Sept. 15.

Highlights of the Boston Comedy Festival

Don’t-miss acts at the fest, which runs through Sept. 15.

Dancing robots are part of “LORD OF THE
 GAMES,” coming to the Emerson Colonial Theatre.


Fall Arts Preview: Dance picks

From Boston Ballet’s celebration of Jerome Robbins to “Lord of the Dance,” there’s a bounty of dance performances this fall.

Steve Sweeney prepares for a scene with director Lisa Aimola at the Squantum Playground during filming of “Sweeney Killing Sweeney.”

Steve Sweeney, getting in and out of character

The locally shot feature film “Sweeney Killing Sweeney,” which kicks off the Boston Comedy Festival, features the comic playing multiple characters, plus other renowned comedians dispensing advice.

Lily Tomlin performs at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford Oct. 20-21.

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Lily Tomlin can just be herself — or lots of other people

The actress and comedian brings different shades to her live performances, not to mention a stable of characters.

Ollie West as the title character in “Hamnet.”

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Shakespeare’s son, forgotten, alone, and unknown — until now

“Hamnet” at ArtsEmerson imagines a boy who would die at age 11, speaking to an audience about the father he barely knew.

Eddy Cavazos, Luis Negron, Diego Klock-Perez, Taavon Gamble, and Davron S. Monroe in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

Stage Review

A wrenching escape into fantasy in Lyric Stage’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

A stirring production of the Kander & Ebb musical, directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone, opens the theater’s fall season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet the cast and crew of


Prince Harry, Meghan join Lin-Manuel Miranda at ‘Hamilton’

The royals joined audiences for a gala charity performance of the smash-hit musical in London’s West End.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

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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

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