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10 standout shows for theatergoers this summer

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin's picks for the most promising shows on summer stages.


In ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ a story about a family business is a story about America

At the Huntington, the play spans 163 years, charting the transformation of an immigrant-run dry-goods shop into a Wall Street colossus, until its epic collapse.


In ‘Nehanda’ at ArtsEmerson, the spirit of resistance

Experienced as discrete, individual sequences, there’s a beauty and power to the sounds and movements of “Nehanda” that is captivating. But that spell is too often dissipated by the sheer repetition and protracted length of this ambitious work.

In the revival of ‘Evita’ at the ART, a tango between the two sides of Eva Perón

Director Sammi Cannold has a long association with the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical — she calls it an obsession. But it's led her to look more deeply into the life of the legend its portrays.


You’ll want to accept this invitation to ‘The Prom’

SpeakEasy’s production, helmed by producing artistic director Paul Daigneault and choreographed within an inch of its life by Taavon Gamble, is yet another demonstration that when it comes to musicals, you can’t beat live performance, risks and all.

Five standout shows at the Boston Comedy Festival

Though the backbone of the Boston Comedy Festival is its stand-up competition, it also features an array of shows. Here are five of our picks, including Emo Philips and a special Boston-centric "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."

A Boston Comedy Festival with an accent on ‘Boston’

The festival, which runs May 16-20, features a lot of familiar faces this year. Headliners Jackie Flynn, Zach Sherwin, and Robert Kelly all spent their formative years in the local scene, and the festival's two honorees, Joe List and Brian Kiley, are Massachusetts natives.


Jacob’s Pillow announces plans to replace the Doris Duke Theatre, destroyed by fire

A new venue of the same name will have upgraded technology and more than double the square footage.