Nigel Gore is a force of nature in Shakespeare & Company’s ‘Tempest’

An intense portrayal of the island sorcerer drives this production, directed by Allyn Burrows and presented on a new open-air stage.

From left: Paul Schaefer, Aaron Tveit, and Lauren Marcus in “Company.”

stage review

Living single in a married world in Barrington Stage’s vibrant ‘Company’

This production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 masterpiece stars Aaron Tveit as the commitment-averse Bobby.

Joshua Boone and Alexandra Socha in “Actually.’’

Stage Review

In Williamstown’s ‘Actually,’ an explosive accusation and the truths it reveals

A riveting new drama by Anna Ziegler examines the fallout when one Ivy League student accuses another of rape.

Dina Janis, artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival.


Just north of the Berkshires, a new destination for actors and playwrights

Dina Janis has brought a contemporary edge — and some big names — to the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont.

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Revived by Berkshire Theater Group this summer, ‘Children of a Lesser God’ is returning to Broadway

“The Affair” actor Joshua Jackson will star.


Horovitz celebrates opening

The playwright, who is also directing the show, sealed the event with a kiss: He smooched his wife, Gillian.

Boston Ballet roster includes new soloist

Fifteen countries are represented this year; 35 percent of the company are Boston Ballet II alumni, and 22 percent are Boston Ballet School alumni.

Staging ‘Persona’ may be tricky, but Harbor Stage’s Kropf can adapt

The Wellfleet theater’s artistic director is no playwright himself, but he’s gained a reputation for his skillful adaptations of classics.

dance review

Play’s the thing in triumphant ‘BLACK GIRL’ at Jacob’s Pillow

Girls, they wanna have fun: That’s the message of an epic piece performed by Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

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James Darrah and Rachel York in Reagle Music Theatre’s production of “42nd Street.”

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

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Brendan Clarke of Salem at the recent Boston Comic Con costume parade at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Cosplay, Broadway, and Lethal Ladies

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

Christine Dwyer (third from left) and Billy Harrigan Tighe (second from right) lead the cast of “Finding Neverland.”

Stage Review

Whimsy takes flight in ‘Finding Neverland’

Diane Paulus directs this brightly colored, broad-strokes musical, which has undergone significant changes since its earlier iteration at ART.

The stars of “Out of the Mouths of Babes” (from left): Sarah Hickler, Paula Plum, Debra Wise, and Obehi Janice.

Stages | Terry Byrne

A showcase in Gloucester for a quartet of acclaimed actresses

Israel Horovitz’s “Out of the Mouths of Babes” stars Sarah Hickler, Obehi Janice, Paula Plum, and Debra Wise.

Amanda Lipitz’s film follows the “Lethal Ladies” of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

Movie Review

‘Step’ is a movement

Amanda Lipitz’s exhilarating documentary is reminiscent of “Hoop Dreams,” but adds political context to its celebration of teamwork and self-empowerment.

Joshua Boone and Alexandra Socha play college students who have differing memories of a sexual encounter.

‘Actually’ explores the grayest of gray areas between he said/she said

Through dueling monologues about a sexual encounter, the play’s two characters reveal that they have vastly different attitudes about — and understandings of —the same set of facts.

Shawn Carter

Laugh Lines

Shawn Carter

A joke from the comic, who plays Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den Saturday.

Erica Dorfler (left) and Julia Coffey in “This” at Barrington Stage.

stage review

‘This’ is us, only with better dialogue

Melissa James Gibson’s play delivers a sharp, funny, and incisive portrait at Barrington Stage of friends coping with parenthood, longing, loss, aging, life.

Lora Lee Gayer and Jeff McCarthy in “A Legendary Romance.”

Stage Review

An unwieldy but intriguing ‘Romance’ at Williamstown

A film producer revisits his long-ago romance with an actress and his battles with McCarthyism in a musical directed by Lonny Price (“Sunset Boulevard’’).

Rachel York as Dorothy Brock in Reagle Music Theatre’s production of “42nd Street.”

Stage review

Reagle’s rousing ‘42nd Street’ triumphs over turmoil

Despite the arrest of the play’s leading man, this production of an old-fashioned musical manages to soar.


In Stoneham, the shows must go on

The Summer Festival at Stoneham Theatre has scheduled six fully-staged shows performed by actors, grades 4 through 12, from Thursday, Aug. 10 through Aug. 20.

Above: Christine Dwyer and Billy Harrigan Tighe in “Finding Neverland.”


A fresh start for ‘Finding Neverland’ on national tour

The musical that was launched at the American Repertory Theater and then went on to Broadway has undergone changes.

Doug Varone and Dancers in “ReComposed.”

Dance Review

At Jacob’s Pillow, the sure craft of choreographer Doug Varone shines through

A performance by the New York-based modern dance company Doug Varone & Dancers featured terrific performers.

Khalid performs Aug. 6 at the House of Blues.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Actors Jeff McCarthy (left) and Lora Lee Gayer with director Lonny Price.

In the musical ‘Legendary Romance,’ memories are fluid but regret is real

Williamstown Theatre Festival is staging a world premiere of the show, about a washed-up film producer reckoning with his past.

Tim McHale performs with his band during a reopening party for amphitheater in Christian Herter Park.

At Allston’s Christian Herter Park, it’s on with the show

The amphitheater along the Charles River, neglected and unused for years, is fully renovated and ready to host performances.

Laugh Lines

Jeff Ross

A joke from the comic, who plays the Cape Cod Melody Tent Friday.

Louis Proske (center) is directing Barrington Stage Company’s production of “This.”

Middle age as an affliction in Barrington Stage’s ‘This’

Melissa James Gibson’s play gathers five old college friends together to contemplate who they’ve become.

Ken Urban


For playwright Ken Urban, a world premiere and a teaching gig at MIT

Soon after the fall semester begins, the Huntington will be giving his play “A Guide for the Homesick” its world premiere.

Mr. Shepard won a Pulitzer Prize for 1978’s “Buried Child.’’

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, is dead at 73

Shepard died Thursday at his home in Kentucky from complications related to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

From left: Rebecca Henderson, Cristin Milioti, and Tavi Gevinson in “Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow’’ at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Stage Review

A misguided ‘Moscow’ at Williamstown Theatre Festival

One’s heart bleeds for Trip Cullman and his talented cast as they labor frenetically to make “Moscow’’ add up to something, anything.

Black african american jazz trumpet player. Vintage. Studio shot.

Your week ahead

Five things to do, July 31-Aug. 6

Char & Bar Wars, Salem Maritime Festival, the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party, and more.

Dancers of Ballet Hispanico in “Linea Recta.”

Dance Review

Playfulness and passion from Ballet Hispánico

Seeking to present dance through a Latino lens, the company offered a striking performance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty on ‘Smash,’ ‘Wicked,’ and the ‘hardest job imaginable’

The singer-actress is planning appearances in Cotuit July 31 and Provincetown Aug. 6.

Turn Park Arts Space — a new sculpture park and cultural hub in West Stockbridge.

In the Berkshires, a new arts space takes root

It’s one part pastorale, one part Fellini, one part Weimar cabaret at Turn Park Arts Space, a new sculpture park and cultural hub in West Stockbridge.

Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960s.

Four Takes

As Newport heats up, looks at the American folk scene

Capsule reviews of “I Got A Song’’; “John Prine’’; “A Freewheelin’ Time’’; and “Woodie Guthrie.’’

A concept of HUBweek 2017 at City Hall Plaza.

HUBweek to bring interactive arts to City Hall Plaza

“Immersion,” a three-day nighttime experience, will feature more than 100 musicians, performers, and artists.

Charlize Theron stars in “Atomic Blonde.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Atomic Blonde,’ ‘American Moor,’ and a comic couple

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

Brad Paisley performs at Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Aug. 5.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

John Zdrojeski and Gracyn Mix play the title roles in “Romeo and Juliet.”

Stage Review

‘Romeo and Juliet’ blends darkness, light in agile Boston Common production

The Shakespeare on the Common production adroitly blends shadow and light to tell a story that is as much about young death as young love.

Kat Fairaway (in back), Mather Zickel (with gun), Russell Soder, and Angela Goethals in a rehearsal for “Who You See Here.”


In this version of Hoverman’s comedy, humans collide, not cars

His “Who You See Here” gets its world premiere at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse — minus the car crash scene.

Married comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher.

From Leggero and Kasher, comedy and couples therapy

Married for two years, the stand-up comics bring some expertise to the topic of relationships.

Laugh Lines

Ahmed Bharoocha

A joke from the comic, who performs at the Thunderfest comedy festival.

“Taking Steps” features a set dominated by a large staircase suspended at an angle over the stage.

Stage Review

‘Taking Steps’ — and a few stumbles — at Barrington Stage

The Barrington Stage Company production of the 1979 Alan Ayckbourn farce is hobbled by creaky plot machinery.

From left: Bernard White, Priscilla Lopez, Guenia Lemos, and Jayne Atkinson in “The Clean House.”

Stage Review

In Ruhl’s masterful ‘Clean House,’ an empathy for untidy humans

The beauty of the Williamstown Theatre Festival production lies in director Rebecca Taichman’s ability to embrace Ruhl’s imaginative universe.

David Adkins and Tara Franklin in “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo.’’

Stage Review

Albee’s ‘At Home at the Zoo’ brings his story full circle

Taut, absorbing production at Berkshire Theatre Group exlarges the unsettling tale begun in “The Zoo Story.’’

Keith Hamilton Cobb is the creator and star of “American Moor.’’

Stage Review

A spellbinding journey through Shakespeare and race in ‘American Moor’

In “American Moor,’’ writer-performer Keith Hamilton Cobb explores racial attitudes in the theater and beyond with a compelling combination of dynamism and lyricism.

Judd Apatow says that directing Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck” helped spur his return to stand-up comedy.

Judd Apatow is back where he started — telling jokes onstage

Though he’s keeping his day job, the comedy mogul — who comes to the Wilbur Monday — has been busy honing his stand-up act for the last two years.

Rebecca Henderson (left) and Tavi Gevinson at a rehearsal for “Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow.”

‘Moscow Moscow Moscow . . .’ translates Chekhov into Kardashian

Halley Feiffer’s audacious re-imagining of “Three Sisters” is getting its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

One Thing

So we think they can dance

Fancy footwork comes to the Outer Cape, seeking audiences of all ages.

Austin Davidson, Betsy Hogg, and Ben Getz in Barrington Stage Company’s production of “Speech & Debate.”

The Ticket

Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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.