‘Greece’: It’s got groove, it’s got meaning, it’s got Landry

The Gold Dust Orphans’ leader is sweating the details of his latest creation, a ribald mash-up of “Grease” and Greek mythology.

Debra Wise plays the title character in “Homebody.”

Stage Review

In ‘Homebody,’ dreaming of the wider world from an armchair in England

Debra Wise delivers a virtuosic performance at Central Square Theater as a British woman fascinated by Afghanistan.

Thaddeus Phillips in “17 Border Crossings.’’

Stage Review

In ‘17 Border Crossings,’ vivid snapshots but an incomplete picture

Thaddeus Phillips’s solo show at ArtsEmerson unfolds in a series of vignettes about international travel.

Brie Larson in “Free Fire.”

The Weekender

Funny women, big guns, and divine art

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

Latest Theater/Dance headlines

Dance Review

Alvin Ailey: Familiarity breeds contentment

The fabled dance company returns to Boston, with works old and new.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 1-7

An Intimate Evening With Lea Michele, Greater Boston CityHeart Art Show and Sale, Children’s Book Week, and more.

The Ticket

Music, theater, dance, and more

This week’s picks for concerts, plays, exhibitions, performances, and other events.

Stage Review

‘Gift Horse’ shows Diamond in the rough, but there’s still a gleam

The Boston-area premiere of an early play by Lydia Diamond, now at New Repertory Theatre, suggests the dramatist she would become.


A ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ that brings music, magic into harmony

For this Actors’ Shakespeare Project production, a score composed by David Reiffel is meant to enhance the play’s moods and mystical elements.

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Kim Klasner (left) and Khloe Alice Lin costar in “Peerless.”

Plotting their future, and then something much worse

The tightly wound twins in “Peerless” — who have carefully planned their admission to an elite college — refuse to be denied.

Tom Cotter

Laugh Lines

Tom Cotter

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

Maureen Fleming performing “Dialogue of Self and Soul.’’

Dance Review

Maureen Fleming mesmerizes in ‘B. Madonna’

The work comprises nine pieces, and Fleming, now in her early 60s, doesn’t miss a beat.

Boston Baroque performing “Giulio Cesare” in Jordan Hall on Friday.

Music Review

Staging of ‘Cesare’ distracts from Boston Baroque’s brilliance

The presentation of George Frideric Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” worked best when minimal directorial intervention left room for the singers to just sing.

Gore Place’s 30th Annual Sheepshearing Festival will be held Saturday, April 29.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 24-30

Gore Place’s Sheepshearing Festival, “Peppa Pig’s Big Splash!,” Independent Bookstore Day, and more.

Thaddeus Phillips in “17 Border Crossings” at ArtsEmerson.

Travel as theater, sometimes with turbulence

Thaddeus Phillips’s solo show “17 Border Crossings” is a series of vignettes in which Phillips tells (mostly) true stories.

Caitlin Nasema Cassidy and Barlow Adamson in “Paradise.”

Stage REview

Head and heart in harmony in Underground’s ‘Paradise’

The play, centering on the relationship between a Muslim-American high school student and her science teacher, gets a deeply satisfying world premiere at Underground Railway Theater.

Kendra Cunningham

Laugh Lines

Kendra Cunningham

A joke from the comic, who is playing several shows at the Women in Comedy Festival this weekend,

Christine Cannavo, Michelle Barbera, and Elyse Schuerman (from left) co-produce the Women in Comedy Festival.


The more the merrier at Women in Comedy Festival

After a hiatus in 2016, the festival returns this year bigger than ever, with 85 shows and 215 acts at 24 venues.

Sasheer Zamata

The best of the Women in Comedy Festival

Here are eight shows that are sure to be among the WICF’s highlights, including performances by Sasheer Zamata, Rachel Dratch, and Lizz Winstead.

Rita Rudner will be honored with the Excellence in Comedy Award at the Women in Comedy Festival.

No one is the boss of Rita Rudner

At her Wilbur show Saturday, she’ll be honored with the Women in Comedy Festival’s Excellence in Comedy Award.

Maeve Press will perform on four stages at the Women in Comedy Festival.

14-year-old comic Maeve Press takes a seat at the grown-ups’ table

The New York native will perform on four stages during this weekend’s Women in Comedy Festival.

Katie LaMark (right) with Jasmine Easler in “Rent.”


‘Rent’ is back in Boston, and it’s a homecoming for this local actress

Katie LaMark is part of the 20th anniversary tour of the musical “Rent,” which kicked off a two-week stay at the Shubert last Tuesday.

The best of upcoming family entertainment

April vacation is on the horizon. What should you do to get out of the house with the kids?


In Everett, it’s ‘let’s put on a show — fast!’

Faith Verrill specializes in producing “24s” — four one-act plays created and staged within 24 hours — at Controlled Kaos Productions in Everett.

Erica Cornejo in Boston Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty.”

For Erica Cornejo, a spellbinding ballet career

At 38, Cornejo is preparing for her final performances as a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, reprising her role in “The Sleeping Beauty” as Carabosse, who casts a spell on Princess Aurora.

“Revelations,” the signature piece by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.


Family Entertainment: Dance picks

Critic’s picks for the best family-friendly dance performances in the Boston area.

Wilbur (played by Michael Hisamoto) and Charlotte (Caroline Lawton) at a rehearsal of Wheelock Family Theatre’s production of “Charlotte’s Web.”

‘Charlotte’s Web’ spins its tale with aerial acrobatics

Wheelock Family Theatre sent its star to circus school to prepare for the play.

Todd Yard as P.T. Barnum in “Barnum.’’


10 picks for family theater

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to family-centric stage productions this spring.

Anne Hathaway in “Colossal.”


The Weekender: Rampaging monsters, reclusive poets, and a revived ‘Rent’

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

The stage for the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of

Huntington Theatre Company to relocate scenery and prop shops to Everett

The troupe will still present its shows at the BU Theatre and the Calderwood Pavilion.

Jose Llana is the King of Siam and Laura Michelle Kelly is Anna in “The King and I.”

stage review

Starring pair reigns supreme in ‘The King and I’

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and Jose Llana as the king bring the sizzle of genuine chemistry to the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

Skyler Volpe in RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. (Carol Rosegg)

Stage Review

‘Rent’ soars at the Shubert

Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s rock musical still pulses with rebellious energy.

Teresa Gelsomini and Sam Mulcahy (center) rehearsing a scene from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”


The cast is young, but ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ isn’t child’s play

Boston Children’s Theatre is staging “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with a mostly teenage cast.

James R. Milord, Lyndsay Allyn Cox, Jackie Davis, Jasmine Rush, and Ramona Lisa Alexander in “Barbecue” at the Lyric Stage Company.

Stage Review

A raucous ‘Barbecue’ at Lyric Stage

Robert O’Hara’s play toys with expectations and assumptions — about race, drugs, identity, and more — before upending them all.

Lesley Ann Warren will perform in “Dance to the Movies” at North Shore Music Theatre on April 29.


Lesley Ann Warren is coming to Beverly

She’ll be at the North Shore Music Theatre on April 29.

Eliott Purcell in SpeakEasy Stage's production of “Hand to God.’’

Huntington, SpeakEasy lead the way in Norton nominations

“Topdog/Underdog” and “Hand to God” are among the multiple nominees for the awards honoring the year’s best in Boston theater.

Actress Laura Michelle Kelly at the Boston Opera House.


To play Anna in ‘The King and I,’ Kelly’s gotten an education

Actress Laura Michelle Kelly has gained crucial insights from a memoir and her “King and I” director.

John Mayer performs April 9 at TD Garden.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks for concerts, plays, performances, exhibitions, and more in the Boston area.

Turna Mete and Aila Peck in “The Who & The What.”

Stage Review

In Huntington’s ‘The Who & the What,’ a focus on faith and gender roles

A play by Ayad Akhtar about tensions within a Muslim-American family doesn’t meet the standard he set with “Disgraced.’’

“Vase of Flowers” by Henri Matisse, part of “Matisse in the Studio,” which opens Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts.

The Weekender: Matisse, Mariah, and magic

Michael Andor Brodeur’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Andrew Basso, a.k.a. “The Escapologist,’’ during an attempt to free himself from a water tank during a performance of “The Illusionists: Live from Broadway.”

stage review

The magic of ‘The Illusionists’ falls short of magical

There’s technical proficiency but no real audience connection in the Vegas-style show at the Boston Opera House.

Director Summer L. Williams at a rehearsal for “Barbecue” at Lyric Stage.

Meet the family in ‘Barbecue,’ and then meet them again

Robert O’Hara’s play at Lyric Stage Company is loaded with dramatic shifts in perspective.

“Trying to figure out where you fit in, who you love, and if they love you is still really hard,” says Evan Ensign, director of the 20th anniversary touring production of “Rent.”

At 20, ‘Rent’ is still the image of its younger self

The touring production begins a two-week stint at the Shubert April 11.

Ian Bagg

Laugh Lines: Ian Bagg

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

Volunteers donning masks made by the Boston Puppeteers cooperative celebrated the start of the Outside the Box Festival in Boston in 2015.

Cutler had powerful effect on city’s arts landscape

Cutler’s generosity to the Boston-area arts organizations he championed was legendary.

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Invasion of the foot-stomping Christian heartthrobs

“Altar Boyz,” the award-winning musical comedy that ran off-Broadway for five years, raises the rafters in Stoneham through April 9.

Dan Sperry calls himself the “Anti-Conjurer.”

He’s not your everyday illusionist, and a chewed-up Life Saver is proof

Dan Sperry, the “Anti-Conjurer,” is one of the stars of “The Illusionists,” the touring production of the Broadway show that’s on its way to the Opera House.

Nonye Brown-West


The only job title that matters to Nonye Brown-West is ‘comedian’

A jack of many trades — she’s been a social worker, truck driver, paralegal — would like to be known for one thing.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks for concerts, plays, performances, exhibitions, and more.

Terri Lyne Carrington is part of Friday’s Berklee Global Jazz Institute 2017 Summit.


The Weekender: Global jazz, awkward sex, and absolutely no April foolishness

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

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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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

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