Matthew Reed Baker

The Making of a Masterpiece

Talk about an extreme makeover: In 1999, the MFA came up with a master plan to transform itself from a revered but intimidating archive of classic works to a user-friendly home for all art lovers. Entrances would be restored after…

The Trouble With Barney

SEUSSICAL AT THE COLONIAL. The Wiggles at the Orpheum. Sure, those kiddie shows may seem sweet, but they can leave some families awfully unsatisfied. "As a parent going to children’s theater, you feel like you’re babysitting," says Rob Orchard, head…

The Must List

Theater: VENGEANCE IS THE LORD’S Bob Glaudini scored a coup earlier this fall when his 2007 play Jack Goes Boating got the big-screen treatment courtesy of Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his directorial debut). Now the Huntington Theatre stages the world…

The Arts Beat: Can Dog Biscotti Save Downtown Crossing?

WE USED TO CALL IT Downtown Crossing; now it’s just the Hole in the Ground, a Filene’s-shaped chasm threatening to swallow the once-vibrant retail district. While the nonprofit Downtown Crossing Partnership can’t do anything about the hole — that’s the mayor’s…

More from Myrtle the Turtle

While generations of Bostonians have visited Myrtle the Turtle at the New England Aquarium, they’ve often watched as wetsuited divers in the Giant Ocean Tank handfeed Myrtle, pat her head, or make frantic hand gestures that she seems either to…