A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

Dan Butler as Truman Capote in “WARHOLCAPOTE” at American Repertory Theater.

STAGES

He answered a 911 call to play Capote in ART’s ‘WarholCapote’

There’s no script for what actor Dan Butler has experienced.

John Cleese

Comedy

John Cleese is amused that you’re amused

He’s bringing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to the Wang Theatre Saturday for a screening and audience Q&A.

Jennifer Lawrence in “mother!”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Artists, martyrs, and envelopes

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

Latest Theater/Dance headlines

Backstage at ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ a maestro runs the show

In this lavish production, Heather Chockley makes sure everything runs as precisely as it should.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Theater

‘Fun Home,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ and more stage highlights

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to fall productions in Boston and beyond.

Ms. Pat learned it’s no crime to be funny

A former drug dealer and convicted felon, she turned a corner after a caseworker encouraged her to get onstage and tell jokes.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Giulia Rozzi

A joke from the comic, who cohosts her “Hopefully We Don’t Break Up” podcast Saturday at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville as part of the Boston Comedy Festival.

More Theater/Dance headlines

Jeremy Richard, Marcel Meyer, and Matthew Baldwin in “Hamlet.”

Williams festival puts Shakespeare in his place (a water tank, a boat, a park. . .)

The 12th edition of the festival pairs the two great playwrights, with interpretations of their work by a wide range of national and international troupes.

Emily Mure plays Club Passim Sept. 20.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Eden Espinosa, Mark Umbers, and Damian Humbley in “Merrily We Roll Along.”

Stage Review

A first-rate ‘Merrily’ rolls into the Huntington

This outstanding production captures the (broken) heart of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about frayed friendships and the hidden price of success.

Robin JaVonne Smith, Bridgette Hayes, and Veronika Duerr in “Men on Boats.”

Stage review

SpeakEasy’s ‘Men on Boats’ proves to be a leaky vessel

It’s neither clever enough to be a first-rate comedy nor incisive enough to shed new light on the issues of historical representation.

Laugh Lines

Adam Ferrara

A joke from the comedian, who plays Laugh Boston Thursday and Saturday.

Emi Vauthey performs in “Reversible.’’

Stage Review

Motion and emotion lift ‘Reversible’ to hypnotic heights

Family history as a shaper of identity is the theme of this production by circus troupe The 7 Fingers, directed and choreographed by Gypsy Snider.

Actor Dan Butler stepped in to costar in “WARHOLCAPOTE” at the American Repertory Theater on short notice.

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Replacement impresses in first performance of ART’s ‘WARHOLCAPOTE’

Actor Dan Butler, with script in hand during the performance, was reportedly a convincing Capote.

Constantine Maroulis (seen in 2016) is among the non-Latino actors in lead roles at North Shore Music Theatre’s “Evita.’’

Casting controversy surrounds North Shore Music Theatre’s ‘Evita’

The casting of non-Latino actors in the lead roles has opened another front in an increasingly heated national debate over onstage diversity.

In this image released by PBS, from left, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda perform in the musical,

London opening of ‘Hamilton’ delayed until December

Think Christmas, not Thanksgiving, for the London opening of the hit musical “Hamilton.”

Eric Carle, Illustration for Dragons, Dragons & Other Creatures That Never Were, compiled by Laura Whipple [Philomel Books]. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. © 1991 Eric Carle.

Family

Acrobats, ‘Goosebumps,’ and more kid-friendly fun

15 must-see events for family entertainment in Boston and beyond.

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Dance

‘Wicked smart’ choreographer brings speed, style to Boston

In an artistic coup for Boston Ballet, Wayne McGregor’s “Obsidian Tear” makes its North American premiere Nov. 3-12.

Faye Driscoll’s “Thank You For Coming: Play” will be presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art Oct. 20-21.

Dance

Pilobolus, Paul Taylor, and other big movers

15 must-see fall dance events in Boston and beyond.

Rob Roth describes his play “WARHOLCAPOTE” as a “non-fiction invention.”

Theater

Up close with Warhol and Capote at the ART

‘WARHOLCAPOTE,” adapted from a trove of taped conversations between the two, is getting its world premiere at American Repertory Theater.

Sturgill Simpson (pictured at Boston Calling in 2015) performs at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Sept. 16.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Leslie Jordan (right) with Stephen Spinella at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

Costar drops out of ART’s ‘WARHOLCAPOTE’ days before first show

Leslie Jordan, who was to have played Truman Capote, has withdrawn due to “unforeseen personal circumstances.”

ArtsEmerson presents the US premiere of “Reversible,” the new production by circus troupe The 7 Fingers, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Things to do

The Weekender: Circus kicks, comics, and Sondheim

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

Anna Waldron (above) rehearses a scene from “Or,”, a co-production of theater companies Simple Machine and Maiden Phoenix.

Stages

Slightly bigger is better when two small troupes pair up

Simple Machine and Maiden Phoenix have teamed up to stage “Or,” at Chelsea Theatre Works’ new black box.

A rehearsal of the SpeakEasy Stage production of “Men on Boats,’’ which chronicles an 1869 expedition to chart rivers in the American West, but with a diverse cast in traditionally white male roles.

Flipping the script on some macho men who made history

“Men On Boats” casts racially diverse actors who are female, trans, or gender-fluid in the roles of explorer John Wesley Powell and his white male cohorts.

Judah Friedlander

A bevy of choices to consider at Boston Comedy Festival

Comedy fans will have plenty of decisions to make about where to go and who to see.

Aparna Nancherla

The ones to watch at Boston Comedy Arts Festival

If you know improv only from “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?,” this festival may be an eye-opener.

Ms. Pat will perform at the Rockwell in Somerville as part of the Boston Comedy Festival.

The funny thing is, Boston has two comedy festivals this month

The Boston Comedy Arts Festival and Boston Comedy Festival both bring a wide array of local and national talent to the city.

Ray Harrington

Laugh Lines

Ray Harrington

A joke from the comic, who plays Nick’s Comedy Stop Friday to celebrate the release of his new album, “Overwhelmed.”

Leigh Barrett plays Mama Rose in “Gypsy” at Lyric Stage Company.

Stage Review

Leigh Barrett offers a thorny and memorable Rose in Lyric Stage’s ‘Gypsy’

Actress delivers the goods as the ultimate stage mother in classic 1959 musical.

Ms. Charrat in Papeete, French Polynesia, with a trophy she had just received for her services to dance after an accident forced her into retirement.

Janine Charrat, 93, ballerina and choreographer

Best known later in life as a choreographer, Ms. Charrat began her career as a child star.

From left: Eden Espinosa, Mark Umbers, and Damian Humbley in the seats at the Huntington Theatre where they will perform in the musical “Merrily We Roll Along.”

It took years, but Sondheim’s ‘Merrily’ is on a roll

Decades after it famously flopped on Broadway, a later version of the musical that would win accolades in London comes to the Huntington Theatre.

2 Chainz performs Sept. 5 at the House of Blues.

The Ticket: Things to do in the arts world

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

Lady Gaga (pictured in Inglewood, Calif., Aug. 8) plays Fenway Park Friday and Saturday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Going Gaga, riding the rails, and cat tricks

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

Tony winner Jessie Mueller will perform at Town Hall in Provincetown on Sunday

Mueller was in no rush to get to Broadway; now she seems destined to stay

A Q&A with the Tony Award-winning star of “Beautiful” and “Waitress,” who’ll be appearing in Provincetown Sunday.

Leigh Barrett as Mama Rose during a rehearsal of “Gypsy” at the Lyric Stage.

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In ‘Gypsy,’ Leigh Barrett relishes playing a Rose with thorns

At Lyric Stage, the award-winning actress returns to the role she first played a decade ago.

Misty Copeland at the JFK Library Monday.

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The Kennedy Library Forum Series brought Misty Copeland to Boston

Leading her Q&A was Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR’s “Radio Boston.”

Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams

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Commonwealth Shakespeare gets Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams for staged reading

The husband and wife pair will perform a piece by Bertolt Brecht.

Alanna Baker plays the black spider and Kyle Cragle is a dragonfly in “OVO,” which Cirque du Soleil brings to Agganis Arena in September.

For the performers in Cirque’s ‘OVO,’ it’s a bug’s life

Two of Cirque du Soleil’s stars attest that it takes years of training to transition from human to insect.

The Regent Theatre in Arlington hosts the Acro-Cats Sept. 2-4.

These cats fly through the air with the greatest of ease

A group of performing circus cats, known as the Acro-Cats, comes to the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

The New England Aquarium is one of the cultural venues in the Boston area that is taking part in a new arts program for low-income people.

Food aid, with a side of culture

The Mass Cultural Council will announce the EBT Card to Culture, an effort to bridge the income inequality gap in the arts.

Tyson Clark of Somerville performed as a Boston Ballet II company member for the first time this month at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade.

Somerville teen makes a balletic leap

Tyson Ali Clark, the son of a former boxer, has joined Boston Ballet II, the company’s junior troupe.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Aug. 28-Sept. 10

Labor Day weekend fireworks, the PGA Tour, the Amazing Acro-Cats, and more.

Robert Pattinson stars in “Good Time,” a new film from Ben and Joshua Safdie.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Scrappy rappers, ragin’ Cajuns, and Broken Toys

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

Washington Ballet dancers in “Seven Sonatas” by Alexei Ratmansky.

Dance Review

Thrillingly vital diversity from Washington Ballet

As seen at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the company members share a magnificent sense of the truth of technique, with a clear-eyed attention to detail and cleanliness of execution.

Green Day plays the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Aug. 28.

The Ticket

Things to do in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Lincoln Clauss in “Burn All Night.”

Stage review

Giving millennial angst the song and dance in ‘Burn All Night’

A talented and energetic cast can’t conceal the cliches that hobble the musical, which is making its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon stage.

Playwright John Greiner-Ferris at a rehearsal for “Plank” at Boston Playwrights’ Theater.

Stages

In ‘Plank,’ magical realism opens up a sea of possibilities

John Greiner-Ferris’s edgy new play follows the survivor of a shipwreck to her return to society.

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.