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American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus (left) and Eve Ensler in New York City. The world premiere of Ensler’s “In the Body of the World” will be staged at the ART. Performing Arts, Memoirs, New York City, Theater, Eve, Inspirational, Dance, American, Artist

In ART premiere, Eve Ensler examines herself in a new light - The Boston Globe

Based on Ensler’s 2013 memoir, “In the Body of the World” is getting its world premiere at ART under the direction of Diane Paulus.

Good news for those of us who can’t get to Broadway — or can’t score “Hamilton” tickets. An air date has been announced for the Tony-winning show on PBS. Leslie Odom, Anthony Ramos, Aaron Burr, Hamilton Musical, Alexander Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, Bridesmaid Dresses, Wedding Dresses, Musical Theatre

Hit musical ‘Hamilton’ exceeds the hype - The Boston Globe

Of course I had to go see “Hamilton.” My last name is Burr. I’ve been fighting this fight since I was a kid.

Seven performers began their cross-country trip in California three months ago, shedding scenery and other accoutrements as they went. Cross Country Trip, Performing Arts, Behind The Scenes, Scenery, California, Hair Styles, Travel, Beauty, Hair Plait Styles

Behind the Scene: Traveling from show to show on two wheels - The Boston Globe

Seven performers began their cross-country trip in California three months ago, shedding scenery and other accoutrements as they went.

John Guare’s adaptation of “His Girl Friday” plays as a screwball comedy, but hints at darker themes. August Strindberg, Samuel Beckett, Performing Arts, Plays, The Voice, Comedy, Stage, Friday, The Outsiders

‘His Girl Friday’ at Barrington Stage struggles to find its voice - The Boston Globe

John Guare’s adaptation of “His Girl Friday” plays as a screwball comedy, but hints at darker themes.

"Kinky Boots" offers fabulous fun and fantastic footwear with a tale of a factory retooled to make boots for drag queens. The musical comedy with songs by Cyndi Lauper is playing at the Buell Theatre in Denver from Oct. 29 through Nov. Kinky Boots Musical, Ok Kid, New York Broadway, Harvey Fierstein, Broadway Costumes, Fabulous Fox, Cyndi Lauper, Kids Boots, Kids Events

‘Kinky Boots’ delivers kicks, pulls punches at the Opera House - The Boston Globe

If anything, “Kinky Boots’’ is not kinky enough.

Kate Burton and son Morgan Ritchie are performing together in the Huntington Theatre Company production of “The Seagull. Family Affair, Love Affair, Young Actresses, Theatre, Acting, Performing Arts, Theatres, Theater

Chekhov a family affair for Kate Burton - The Boston Globe

When she was an undergraduate majoring in Russian studies at Brown University, Kate Burton had no intention of pursuing a career in the theater. She was going to be a diplomat. In her senior year, she had the choice of studying abroad at Leningrad State University or playing the tortured young actress Nina in a student production of “The Seagull.” She chose Chekhov, and she’s been acting in his plays ever since. “That began my love affair with Chekhov,’’ the auburn-haired actress says.

Sabi Varga (left) and Lia Cirio performed during a dress rehearsal for the Boston Ballet’s “Close To Chuck” program. Jose Martinez, Boston, Marvel, Ballet, Performing Arts, History, Dance, Contemporary, People

Boston Ballet’s challenging ‘Close to Chuck’ - The Boston Globe

If anyone doubts Boston Ballet’s serious commitment to contemporary work, look no further than the current “Close to Chuck” program, which opened Thursday night at the Boston Opera House. It sports a newly commissioned world premiere by José Martinez, a work by resident choreographer Jorma Elo newly retooled for six of the company’s stellar dancers, and a reprise of Jiří Kylián’s provocative “Bella Figura,” giving audiences a welcome opportunity for yet another look at a major work by one of…

Mateo gems shine in new performances - The Boston Globe Ballet Theater, Performing Arts, Boston, Globe, Gems, Concert, Music, Musica, Speech Balloon

Mateo gems shine in new performances - The Boston Globe

If José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s current “Unbridled” program is any indication, 1991 was a very good year for the choreographer. In addition to the 2002 “Still Waters,” set to the music of Debussy, the program features two Mateo works from 1991, and both are classical gems.

Onetime dancer and author of “Bunheads” Sophie Flack, who performed “The Nutcracker” in Boston and New York, recalls the mishaps and the magic. Professional Dancers, Eye Roll, In Boston, Perspective, Disney Characters, Fictional Characters, Curtain Call, Performing Arts

Sophie Flack: Not all the sugar plums - The Boston Globe

To an audience, “The Nutcracker” can be pure magic. Not so for many professional dancers. Just wait for the groans, eye-rolling and complaints of soul-sucking monotony from members of the corps de ballet who routinely dance several parts each evening in up to 50 shows a season. I know; I was one of them.

As Drosselmeyer, DiMuro lights up José Mateo’s ‘Nutcracker’ - The Boston Globe Ballet Theater, Light Up, Dance, Performing Arts, Concert, Boston, Globe, Dancing, Speech Balloon

As Drosselmeyer, DiMuro lights up José Mateo’s ‘Nutcracker’ - The Boston Globe

CAMBRIDGE — The role of Dr. Drosselmeyer, Clara’s godpapa, has always been central to José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker.” In part, that’s surely because it’s usually been taken by Mateo himself.

Fans of I Love Lucy can enjoy a fun live theater experience right here in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a national tour of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE I Love Lucy, My Love, Fun Live, Half Man, Stage Show, Lucille Ball, Musical Theatre, Looking Back, Comedians

‘I Love Lucy Live on Stage’ looks back with affection - The Boston Globe

It feels like opening Pandora’s box to offer words of praise for “I Love Lucy Live on Stage.’’ But praise it I must, even with qualifications, and even though I fear that favorable reviews of this improbably charming show might encourage future producers to turn the theater into a blasted hellscape littered with “Two and a Half Men Live on Stage’’ and other sitcom-to-stage atrocities. OK, perhaps I’m overthinking this. That’s certainly not a mistake made by adapters Kim Flagg and…

"The Sound of Music Live!" - Carrie Underwood as Maria, Peyton Ella as Gretl, Joe West as Kurt, Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa, Sophia Ann Caru. Nbc Live, Live Tv, True Blood Actors, Sound Of Music Live, Beetlejuice Cast, Carrie Underwood Fans, Fall Flats, Tv Show Music, Filming Locations

NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ falls flat - The Boston Globe

About 10 minutes into Thursday night’s much-hyped live performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music’’ on NBC, I started praying for a power outage to knock out my TV reception.

José Mateo keeps ‘The Nutcracker’ fresh - The Boston Globe Ballet Theater, Performing Arts, Seasons, Concert, Boston, Globe, Fresh, Speech Balloon, Seasons Of The Year

José Mateo keeps ‘The Nutcracker’ fresh - The Boston Globe

For many dance organizations, the annual production of “The Nutcracker” is the cash cow that helps fund projects throughout the rest of the year. For José Mateo Ballet Theatre, which has been presenting “The Nutcracker” for 26 seasons, the production provides an opportunity for the company to cultivate audiences and bond with communities. It’s currently performing the ballet through Dec. 15 at its home base, the Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge, after dates earlier this month in Duxbury. And…

Half-price tickets to a total of 135 productions in Greater Boston will be available through the Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular. Anthony William, Price Tickets, Greater Boston, Boston Strong, Orchestra, The Darkest, Performing Arts, Half Price, Actors

Mayor’s holiday arts initiative draws record number - The Boston Globe

Half-price tickets to a total of 135 productions in the Greater Boston area will be available through the end of the year under a holiday arts initiative aimed at luring – and keeping — new audiences. A record 76 arts organizations are taking part in the initiative, newly renamed the “Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular.’’ They range from such heavy-hitters as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, and Broadway in Boston to smaller companies like Whistler in the Dark Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage…

Provocative ‘Mies Julie’ haunted by the ghosts of apartheid - The Boston Globe Apartheid, Studio S, Theatre, Performing Arts, Ghosts, Pretty, Boston, Globe, Stage

Provocative ‘Mies Julie’ haunted by the ghosts of apartheid - The Boston Globe

There’s plenty in “Mies Julie” to get audiences talking. But for writer/director Yaël Farber, who has seen her production travel the world since its South African premiere last year, the surprising thing is how the topic of that conversation can change from country to country.

Boston Ballet’s grown-up ‘Nutcracker’ - The Boston Globe Boston Strong, In Boston, Scene Setters, Man Sitting, The New Yorker, Jane Austen, Growing Up, Ballet, Dance

Boston Ballet’s grown-up ‘Nutcracker’ - The Boston Globe

Tchaikovsky’s Overture to “The Nutcracker” is such a powerful scene setter that it’s odd, and refreshing, to see characters from the ballet appear on stage before the music even begins. At the outset of Boston Ballet’s production, a pair of street urchins seat themselves under a panel. Then Clara strolls by in a pale blue Empire-waisted coat and matching bonnet, looking like a very young Jane Austen.