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.

Keith Hamilton Cobb conceived and stars in “American Moor.”


‘American Moor’ a memoir about race, with a nod to Othello

Keith Hamilton Cobb’s solo show traces his own experiences within the broader framework of being black in America.

Betsy Hogg stars in Barrington Stage Company’s new production of “Speech & Debate.’’

Stage Review

A winning ‘Speech & Debate’ at Barrington Stage

Betsy Hogg delivers virtuoso performance in Stephen Karam’s dark comedy about a trio of high schoolers drawn together by a brewing scandal.

LeRoy McClain and Myra Lucretia Taylor in “Where Storms Are Born” at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Stage Review

Buffeted by grief and unanswered questions in ‘Where Storms Are Born’

Myra Lucretia Taylor is a mother wrestling with the loss of a son in the world premiere of a drama by Harrison David Rivers at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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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.

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.’’

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.

‘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.

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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.

A scene from Christopher Nolan’s ”Dunkirk.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Heartbreakers, rescuers, and star-crossed lovers

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

Mark Gallagher

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Mark Gallagher

A joke from the comic, who performs Thursday at Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

The ART Institute is housed within the American Repertory Theater in the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

Harvard theater school to go on ‘three-year hiatus’

The troubled ART Institute will stop accepting new students for three years as leadership works on “a strategic plan.”

Man in swim dress running isolated on white background

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, July 17-23

City Splash on the Charles, an autism-aware theater production, ArtWalk in Natick, and more.

Actors Gracyn Mix (left) and John Zdrojeski with Allegra Libonati, who is directing them in “Romeo and Juliet.”

‘Romeo and Juliet’ on the Common aims to enliven a beloved tale

The production begins performances on Boston Common Wednesday.

Jerry Seinfeld was treated like a rock god at Clusterfest in San Francisco.

The new rock stars: Inside today’s golden age of comedy

We’re smack dab in the middle of a stand-up comedy boom.

Kendrick Lamar (pictured in April at Coachella in Indio, Calif.) plays TD Garden July 22.

The Ticket

What’s happening this week in the arts world

Picks by Globe critics.

From left: Nigel Gore, Jason Asprey, Jonathan Epstein in “Cymbeline.”

Stage Review

A merry, messy ‘Cymbeline’ at Shakespeare & Company

A milestone for Tina Packer. For Shakespeare, not so much.

Justin Vivian Bond will perform at the Glow Festival.

Stages | Terry Byrne

At Oberon, Glow Festival lights the way for an eclectic array of artists

The offspring of Provincetown’s Afterglow Festival, it debuts this month in Cambridge.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Apes,’ crooks, and dragons

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

Boston has both large spaces, like the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre (above), that are at times underused, and a lack of small affordable venues for nonprofit performing arts groups.

Report highlights Boston performing arts groups’ venue needs

A study details the challenges many performing arts groups face as they try to find appropriate spaces to rehearse and present their works.

Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling turned a podcast into a live show.

‘Crimetown’ brings cops and crooks to the Boston stage

A live performance of the popular podcast at the Wilbur will include a Whitey Bulger story that a former mob enforcer is saving for the Boston audience.

Brandon Scott Wolf

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Brandon Scott Wolf

A joke from the comic, who performs at Wonder Bar in Allston Sunday night.

The Blue Man Group show has run nonstop in Boston since 1995.

Don Aucoin | Critic’s Notebook

Speaking volumes onstage, often without words

Performers and performances have found the power of saying nothing, including Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group.

Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Spider-Man,’ boy bands, and women roommates

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

Patrick Coker of Jessica Lang Dance in “Glow.”

Dance Review

Entering new realms with Jessica Lang Dance

Appealing dancing and often striking lighting and props contributed to a fascinating program at Jacob’s Pillow.

‘We have to say the truth’ about Broadway, says Paula Vogel

The playwright, whose ‘Indecent’ was nominated for a Tony Award for best play, says the Broadway landscape has long been an uneven playing field.

Stage Review

A captivating ‘Ragtime’ at Barrington Stage

Connections between the present and the past reverberate in this musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel.

Han Jonghoon and Hiram Delgado in “The Model American,” now receiving its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Stage Review

An immigrant climbs a treacherous corporate ladder in ‘The Model American’

The new play at Williamstown Theatre Festival is by “Girls’’ writer Jason Kim.

S. Epatha Merkerson (left) and Jane Kaczmarek in “The Roommate” at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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A walk on the wild side in Williamstown’s ‘The Roommate’

S. Epatha Merkerson and Jane Kaczmarek share the stage in Jen Silverman’s “The Roommate,’’ a deeply satisfying kickoff to the summer season at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Jonah Ray is the host of the “MST3K” reboot on Netflix.

The expanding universe of ‘Mystery Science Theater’

On the heels of its Netflix reboot, a touring version of the show is debuting at the Shubert.

Storyteller Tara Clancy loves The Moth’s embrace of ‘‘underrepresented voices.’’

The Moth, a global storytelling initiative, turns 20

The New York-based nonprofit has presented more than 20,000 ‘‘True Stories Told Live’’ since it was started in a Manhattan living room two decades ago.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

Want to watch the fireworks at home on the Fourth? Here’s how

You can stay in your hammock and watch the Pops — or just listen — from most anywhere.

Nigel Gore, Bella Merlin, Thomas Brazzle, Josh Aaron McCabe,

stages | terry byrne

To Tina Packer, ‘Cymbeline’ is much more than a Shakespeare medley

It contains echoes of many of the Bard’s plays, but director Tina Packer is focusing on the love story at the heart of it.

Screenshot from the music video for

The video for ‘Immigrants’ from the Hamilton Mixtape just dropped

It comes just a few days after the Supreme Court paved the way for much of President Trump’s travel and refugee ban to go into effect.

Jimmy Tingle

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Jimmy Tingle

A joke from the comic, who hosts a benefit Thursday at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

A new apartment tower would transform Huntington Avenue and the theater company that bears its name.

Huntington Ave. tower and theater plans revealed

Developers are planning a 32-story apartment building that would give the Huntington Theatre Company ownership of its playhouse.

15 ways Harry Potter has changed culture since the first book was published 20 years ago

On June 26, 1997, Bloomsbury Children’s Books published a book by an unknown single mother from Edinburgh. And it took off.

Christopher V. Edwards is the new artistic director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

New leader at Actors’ Shakespeare Project may bring an edge

Veteran director, actor, and theater executive Christopher V. Edwards says he’s not a big fan of “well-spoken Shakespeare.”

Jovani Furlan and Ashley Knox in “Allegro Brillante.”

Dance review

Miami City Ballet brings thrills to Jacob’s Pillow

On Wednesday night, the company’s dancers proved themselves fluent Balanchine interpreters, as well as fluid vessels through which other choreographic voices can be channeled.

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie play Blue Hills Bank Pavilion June 28.

The Ticket

Arts events this week

Picks include BJ Barham, a Lucero and Banditos double-bill, “The Effect,” and Mark Morris Dance Group.

Tim and Tyne Daly are starring in Theresa Rebeck’s “Downstairs” at the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont.


Tim and Tyne Daly have prepared all their lives to play siblings

Despite their long and varied acting careers, “Downstairs” marks the first time the brother and sister have appeared onstage together.

Burgess Clark (center) with Teresa Gelsomini and Sam Mulcahy at a “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” rehearsal in April.

After nude-scene controversy, director returns to Boston Children’s Theatre

Burgess Clark’s return as executive artistic director apparently brings to a close a bitterly contentious episode that plunged the organization into crisis while prompting heated debate.

U2 (pictured performing in Tennessee earlier this month) plays Gillette Stadium Sunday.


The Weekender: Bono, Wilco, Mario, and Jacob’s Pillow

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

From left: Daniel Berger-Jones, Bill Mootos, and Lewis D. Wheeler in “Blood on the Snow,” presented by the Bostonian Society at the Old State House.

Stage Review

History has a burning immediacy in ‘Blood on the Snow’

This absorbing, 70-minute piece stands as a virtual model of how to write and stage a historical drama.

Jacob’s Pillow director Pamela Tatge.

Jacob’s Pillow unveils plans for year-round dance center

A five-year plan includes capital improvements to the center’s Berkshires campus and off-season residencies for 10-15 choreographers each year.

Laugh Lines

Paula Poundstone

A joke from Paula Poundstone, who plays a sold-out show at the Wilbur Saturday.

Mario Cantone

Cantone’s comedy blend: Some ranting here, some singing there

The Massachusetts-bred comic is back for a homecoming performance, his first local gig since 2010.

Street performer Sara Kunz juggled hula hoops from atop a pole for passersby in Downtown Crossing in Boston.


Turf wars, hecklers, and flying plants: Life’s not always easy for street performers

After an assault on Boston’s Keytar Bear, local street performers talked about the difficulties — and occasional dangers — they encounter.

From left: Lindsay Crouse, Susannah Hoffman (background), Mickey Solis (background), and Brad Hall in “The Effect.”

Stage Review

In Gloucester Stage’s compelling ‘The Effect,’ love is the drug

Lindsay Crouse and Brad Hall costar in Lucy Prebble’s drama about a drug trial gone awry.

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

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