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Two productions that draw on the Bard: an “As You Like It” with echoes of the refugee crisis and a goofy musical based on “Measure for Measure.” In this case, fun wins.

This spirited riff on the long-running HBO hit displays affection for its subject, tempered with a keen eye for its shortcomings.

Heather Christian communes with — and possibly exorcises — the spirits of the dead in a truly one-of-a-kind performance piece

Mr. Dotrice, who began acting in a P.O.W. camp, had a long career in movies, on TV and onstage, winning his Tony in “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”

In a hybrid of concert and autobiography, Bruce Springsteen delivers a major statement about his life’s work — but also a major revision of it.

The musical, about dueling cosmetics executives, will wrap up on Nov. 5.

Denise Gough brings her award-winning turn as an addict to St. Ann’s Warehouse, and will follow that up with “Angels in America” on Broadway.

The death of Michael Friedman, a much-admired composer and lyricist, has left friends and fellow artists asking if they could have done more to help him amid signs of trouble.

An astonishing Lars Eidinger is a hunchback to remember in Thomas Ostermeier’s Halloween treat of a production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Comedians in some Asian countries must have their scripts approved while finding creative ways to joke about sex and politics so as not to offend the government.

Bruce Springsteen has a triumphant night for his Broadway debut, but leaves his fans at the Hard Rock Cafe to party on their own.

Step onstage with James Thierrée and Compagnie du Hanneton as they return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival with “La Grenouille Avait Raison” (“The Toad Knew”).

The academy has long insisted that professional achievement is what counts, but now it stands at a precipice, and Harvey Weinstein could change everything.

A human rights festival slated for a church hall has moved to a new venue after archdiocese officials expressed their disapproval of some parts.

The designer Paula Scher talks about her artwork for a revival of the Thornton Wilder play at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Also the week of Oct. 15: Monteverdi’s groundbreaking “Orfeo” in Manhattan, and Mona Hatoum’s sly sculptures in Houston.

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

The American Jewish Historical Society is facing charges of censorship after it canceled a play and a panel that had been targeted by right-wing activists.

“Rocktopia,” created by the Broadway actor and Trans-Siberian Orchestra member Rob Evan, will mix classical and rock songs at the Broadway Theater.

The actor took over the former Eastern Bloc gay bar, and turned it into Club Cumming.

As accusations rain on a kingpin of his industry, the actor known for his American hero roles begins a tour for his wide-eyed book of short stories.

The actor is convinced that typewriters are making a comeback.

Rhiannon Giddens, the playwright Annie Baker and the theater artist Taylor Mac are among the 24 recipients of fellowships for “exceptionally creative people.”

Elizabeth McGovern stars as a narcissistic materfamilias in the first Broadway revival of J. B. Priestley’s 1937 metaphysical drama.

The experimental theater troupe’s rendition of “Measure for Measure” is frenzied but not especially insightful.

NSangou Njikam’s good-natured but overlong play sends a nerdy teenager into rap battle, and beyond.

An intimate evening with the Boss soars at the box office.

A new musical at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey based on the classic CBS sitcom does a good job playing to the fans

Diana Oh’s rambunctious show is more a concert with storytelling than a play, but that doesn’t make it any less heartfelt, joyous or necessary