THE LUCK OF THE IRISH The work of Medford playwright Kirsten Greenidge is characterized by a sure grasp of the nuances of race and class, never more so than in this beautifully realized new drama, directed by Melia Bensussen, about the transgenerational reverberations of a black family’s decision to move into a predominantly white suburbExtended to May 6. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the
Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org
THE MIRACLE WORKER Brittany Rolfs, a 20-year-old from Milton, delivers an extraordinarily assured performance as Annie Sullivan in William Gibson’s drama about the relationship between Sullivan and Helen Keller. Directed by Susan Kosoff, who is ending her three-decade tenure at Wheelock Family Theatre on a decidedly high note. Through May 13. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston.
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Will Lyman and Karen MacDonald deliver performances that rank among the finest of their distinguished careers as James and Mary Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s heavy-handed, heavy-hearted, still-moving marathon of sorrow, directed
by Scott Edmiston. Through April 22. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts,
Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org
THE TEMPERAMENTALS A solid production, directed by Jeremy Johnson, of Jon Marans’s drama about the men who dared to found a gay-rights organization in the early 1950s, nearly two decades before the Stonewall riots. With strong performances by Will McGarrahan and Nael Nacer, “The Temperamentals’’ offers an important reminder, especially for younger audiences, that there was a time when homophobia had the law unequivocally on its side. Through April 28. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com
NEXT TO NORMAL Kerry A. Dowling excels in this powerfully moving musical, directed by Paul Daigneault, about a woman riding the seesaw of mental illness, determined to find a way to hold on, while her family tries to stay together through it all. Through April 22. Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for
the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com
BIG APPLE CIRCUS: DREAM BIG The Big Apple Circus never fails to delight, but this year’s installment is a beautifully integrated show that pulls together terrific production values, especially the stunning costumes, which help to reinforce the theme. It may be “Grandma’s Farewell Tour,” but Grandma the clown graciously shares the spotlight with Shandong Acrobatic Troupe, the Flying Cortes trapeze act, a hilarious magician and his assistant, and many more. Through May 13. Under the big top at City Hall Plaza, Boston. 888-541-3750, www.bigapplecircus.org
INDIA JAZZ SUITES: KATHAK MEETS TAP Creating complex rhythms that pop and groove, the exhilarating, informative duo of Jason Samuels Smith and Pandit Chitresh Das brilliantly illuminates how American jazz tap and the ancient classical Indian Kathak tradition bridge the centuries with the irresistible impulse to make music with the feet. The last time they were here, the performers were as charming and funny as they were virtuosic. April 20-22. $40. Presented by World Music/CRASHarts at Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.world
JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company’s final program of the season, “Absurdus,” features one of Mateo’s most colorfully accessible works, the whimsical “House of Ballet,” as well as the choreographer’s only premiere of the season, a new piece set to the propulsive Violin Concerto of Philip Glass. April 20-May 6. $38. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org
TEMPEST IN A TEACUP In this 75-minute program, Mariah Steele and Quicksilver Dance present a set of diverse dances, including one exploring the cultural history and emotional
significance of tea. April 20-21. Free. Simmons Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 229 Vassar St., Cambridge.
MOVEMENT AT THE MILLS Part dance performance, part site-specific installation, this innovative series puts different performing groups together in a gallery setting and invites audiences to wander through the space. This weekend’s incarnation pairs Nicole Pierce/EgoArt Inc. with Hartford-based dance company Scapegoat Garden, which presents the Boston
premiere of “re(Birth).”
April 20, 7 p.m. Free. Mills
Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St.
STEPHEN TOURLENTES: OF LENGTH AND MEASURES Tourlentes subtitles his project “Prison and the American Landscape.” His black-and-white photographs explore how institutions of exile reflect the society that builds them, and how prison has become an industry in the US. Through May 19. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477, www.carroll
LUCAS FOGLIA: A NATURAL ORDER Foglia's photographs document people living off the grid in the Southeastern US. His subjects embrace self-sufficiency for religious, environmental, and political reasons. His images reflect a tension between “primitive” and “civilized”
lifestyles. Through May 27.
David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence. 401-863-2932, www.brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery
M(i)(A)CRO: A CONTEMPORARY DRAWING EXHIBITION
Six artists explore issues of energy, matter, and consciousness in an attempt to puzzle out the mysteries of the universe. Artists include Basil El Halwagy and Doug Russell. Through May 20. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville. 617-964-3424, www.newartcenter.org
MANET IN BLACK Etchings, lithographs, book illustrations, and drawings by Edouard Manet, as well as single examples of work by Degas, Delacroix, Daumier, and Goya. Through Oct. 28. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
RADCLIFFE BAILEY: MEMORY AS MEDICINE A survey of this impressive, and still young, African-American artist based in Atlantic City. The show comes to the Davis from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Through May 6. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.davismuseum.wellesley
SHAPESHIFTING: TRANSFORMATIONS IN NATIVE AMERICAN ART A survey of Native American art, from historical objects to ambitious contemporary works. Through April 29. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org.
FIGURING COLOR: KATHY BUTTERLY, FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES, ROY MCMAKIN, SUE WILLIAMS Four artists, including the incomparable Kathy Butterly, explore aspects of color in ceramics, paintings, installations, and furniture. Through May 20. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org
ESTHER GARCIA EDER: CONVERSATIONS: PERSONALITIES IN BOSTON ART The Boston painter sat face to face with luminaries from Boston's art scene, making fluid, expressionistic portraits for this pop-up show. Subjects include artists, collectors, curators, critics, art dealers, and museum directors. April 19 and 20, 5-8 p.m. 111 Franklin St., Allston. 617-869-1224, www.esther-garcia-eder.com CATE McQUAID