Boston comics rally around Crimmins and his wife in a time of need

A benefit comedy show to help pay Helen Crimmins’s medical bills will feature Bobcat Goldthwait, Lenny Clarke, Tony V, Eugene Mirman, Jim McCue, and many others.

Michael Hisamoto commands the stage in “Hold These Truths.”

Stage Review

In ‘Hold These Truths,’ how a country turned on its own people

Michael Hisamoto excels as Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American citizen who fought against an internment order during World War II.

Sally Hawkins in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Acrobats on ice, rockabilly on speed, and chestnuts on an open fire

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

Ryan Landry and Larry Coen in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jesus?”

Stage Review

Burying the hatchet (again and again) in ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jesus?’

Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans deliver a parody of the Bette Davis-Joan Crawford film.

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Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.


For her next act, Erica Spyres reaches for her fiddle

The actress will perform a cabaret at Lyric Stage that mixes bluegrass and Broadway tunes.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Chris Distefano

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

Stage review

A handsome ‘Christmas Revels’ brings the party to Venice

This year, the annual celebration of the winter solstice is set in Italy.

dance review

An illuminating ‘Goldberg Variations’ at the ICA

Creating a dance to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” — 75 minutes of ferocious, finger-busting counterpoint — is an immense challenge. Pam Tanowitz and Simone Dinnerstein pull it off.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 11-17

Georgia O’Keeffe at the Peabody Essex Museum, CraftBoston Holiday , Nicholas Nixon at the ICA, and more.

Eric Tucker, director of “Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility” at the ART.

Bedlam brings its own sensibility to Jane Austen’s classic tale

The theater company's fast-paced adaptation of “Sense & Sensibility” comes to the ART.

Greater Boston Stage Company’s production of “She Loves Me” runs through Dec. 23 in Stoneham.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Jon Rafman’s “View of Harbor, 2017” will be part of “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Boston arts groups team up for sprawling look at art, technology

Twelve organizations will get together in February for a rare cross-institutional collaboration that includes painting, film, and Web-based art, among others.

Michelle Wolf

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Michelle Wolf

A joke from Michelle Wolf, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.

The performers in “Crystal” are gymnasts who learned how to skate and skaters who learned acrobatics.

Cirque du Soleil’s first on-ice show coming to Worcester

“Crystal” will be at the DCU Center Dec. 7-10.

Maurice Emmanuel Parent and Ute Gfrerer in “Man of La Mancha.”

Stage Review

A scattershot ‘Man of La Mancha’ from New Repertory Theatre

A stilted script and a spotty score undermine a production that stars Maurice Emmanuel Parent as Don Quixote.

Matt Bellassai

The ‘Whine About It’ comic has no complaints about his career

The easily irritated Matt Bellassai, who made name for himself at BuzzFeed for going it alone, doesn’t expect to run out of material any time soon.

Courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery, New York. * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 4-10

The Christmas Revels visit Venice, high-profile photography at the MFA, Sherlock Holmes in Arlington, and more.

Playwright Israel Horovitz behind the Gloucester Stage Company theater in 2015.

Israel Horovitz and Gloucester Stage cut ties after allegations of sexual misconduct

A New York Times report cited an array of accusations from nine women, dating from the 1980s to last year.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

James Franco directed and stars in “The Disaster Artist.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: French kicks, fiery solos, and irreverent holiday fare

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

Rick Jenkins has been proprietor and host of the Comedy Studio for 21 years.

For the Comedy Studio, one door closes, and another (big) one opens

After 21 years on the third floor of the Hong Kong restaurant in Harvard Square, the Comedy Studio has ambitious plans for its new home as an anchor of Bow Market in Somerville.

Matt Lauer, co-anchor for the “Today” show, met with the show's producers in the control room in New York.

Ty Burr

What the daily assault revelations say about them and us

When we place trust in a public figure, we’re projecting it onto a façade.

A rehearsal for “Man of La Mancha” at New Repertory Theatre.

Stages | Terry Byrne

A ‘Dream’ team for New Rep’s ‘Man of La Mancha’

Antonio Ocampo-Guzman knew he wanted to reconfigure the musical in a way that would make it meaningful in 2017.

Jon Mael at the Riot Theatre in September.

So this is what it’s like to make people laugh

My students and grandparents’ friends tell me I’m funny. But what would an audience at an open mic night think?

Sam Simahk and Jennifer Ellis in “She Loves Me.”

Stage REview

The scent of romance in ‘She Loves Me’

Jennifer Ellis shines in the musical directed with flair by Ilyse Robbins at Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.

Madeleine Bonn as the Snow Queen in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

Dance Review

Intimate Mateo ‘Nutcracker’ brings its own delights

The José Mateo Ballet Theatre production is lacking in virtuosic fireworks, but the dancing is solid, performed by a diverse cast of more than 200 children and adult professionals.

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, featuring comics Dan Foley (left) and Joel Harris (right), comes back to the Boston Museum of Science. In this scene, the rings and clubs represent the 0's and 1's of computer code scientists use to gather data.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

“Black Nativity,’’ The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show at the Museum of Science, and more.

Marianna Bassham, Liz Adams, Marya Lowry, and Bobbie Steinbach in “Julius Caesar.”

Stage Review

A ‘Julius Caesar’ that flips the Shakespearean script

Bryn Boice directs an all-female production of the Bard’s tragedy of power, ambition, and bloodshed.

Uma Thurman at the Hudson Theatre in New York City, where she stars in “The Parisian Woman.”

Uma Thurman claims a new role: Broadway headliner

The actress and Massachusetts native is making her Broadway debut in Beau Willimon’s “The Parisian Woman,” a drama set in present-day Washington, D.C.

Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Tartuffe” is at Huntington Avenue Theatre through Dec. 10.

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Adrianna Hicks (on chair) and the touring production cast of “The Color Purple.”

Stage Review

An unforgettable portrait of strength, spirit in ‘The Color Purple’

Remember Adrianna Hicks’s name: Her performance as Celie is nothing short of transcendent.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at the Opera House.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Coco,’ Clara, Jay-Z, and Spike

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

Sarah Gazdowicz and Kevin Cirone in “The 39 Steps.”

Stage review

For fun and spy games, take ‘The 39 Steps’

Directed by Allison Olivia Choat at Moonbox Productions, a spirited cast of four brings a Hitchcock spoof to life.

Director Ilyse Robbins (center) with Jennifer Ellis and Sam Simahk at a rehearsal for “She Loves Me.”


You’ve got mail, and the makings of a romance in ‘She Loves Me’

“It’s not your typical love story, which is why it’s my favorite musical,” says Ilyse Robbins, who is directing the production at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.

Josh Gondelman

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Josh Gondelman

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

John Mayer (left) and Jimmy Fallon performed during Saturday’s Comics Come Home 23 show at TD Garden.


A familiar, comfortable feel at Comics Come Home

Saturday’s fund-raiser for The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care featured a surprise jam with Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, and John Mayer.



Wendt’s journey from ‘Cheers’ to Christmas cheer

The actor famed for his role as Norm Peterson will play Santa Claus in the Boston production of “Elf the Musical.’’

10/29/2017 - Boston, MA - Boston Ballet - Miranda Weese, cq, formerly a principal dancer with NYC Ballet, leads a rehearsal for the Nut Cracker at the Boston Ballet on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Weese was recently announced as the new master of Boston Children's Ballet.


Dance: A former ‘Nutcracker’ principal has a new role — mentor

Miranda Weese’s charges are the 8- to 14-year-olds who’ll be performing in Boston Ballet’s production this year.

Dwayne Burgess of Voices of Black Persuasion performs solo during song


Holiday theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday productions, including “Black Nativity,’’ “Fox Fables,’’ and “A Christmas Carol.’’

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 20-26

“The Color Purple,” Tubas at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and more.

John Doyle is directing the touring production of “The color Purple.”

A different palette for a restaged ‘Color Purple’

Director John Doyle has earned raves for his stripped-down staging and his skill at zeroing in on the essence of its ultimate-survivor story.

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook play a Squeeze show at the Wilbur Nov. 21.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Frank Wood (left) and Brett Gelman in “Tartuffe” at Huntington Theater Company.

Stage Review

A household convulsed by a con artist in Huntington’s ‘Tartuffe’

Peter DuBois directs a production of Moliere’s 17th century comedy about a religious fraud and the wealthy man who falls for his scam.

Denis Leary at the 2015 Comics Come Home show at the


Denis Leary is playing nice (sort of)

At Saturday’s 23rd Comics Come Home show and in his new book, Leary plans to accentuate the positive.

Dana Gould

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Dana Gould

A joke from the Hopedale native, who plays Laugh Boston Thursday through Saturday.

The cast of “In the Heights.”

Stage Review

‘In the Heights’ soars at Wheelock

Director-choreographer Rachel Bertone helms a dynamic production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pre-“Hamilton’’ musical.

Choreographer Heidi Henderson (center) with Elephant Jane dancers Karl Rogers and Christina Jane Robson.

Dance Review

The deadpan delights of Elephant Jane

The works by Heidi Henderson’s company were minimal and a little messy, but in the most intriguing ways.

Performers with Anna Myer and Dancers/

Dance review

Anna Myer brings ‘Shift’ to the ICA

Myer returned to the ICA on Friday to present the world premiere of her latest project.

ArtsEmerson presents Tania El Khoury's “Gardens Speak” at Emerson Paramount Center.

Stage Review

Despotism and resistance in ‘Gardens Speak,’ ‘The State of Siege’

At ArtsEmerson, Albert Camus’s overstated allegory falls short while Tania El Khoury’s sound installation haunts the conscience.

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.