ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT Mixing dancers in their prime with young whippersnappers and aging movers can produce a particularly rich kinetic and emotional experience. For this concert of intergenerational dances, producers Eliza Mallouk and Marcie Mitler invited five acclaimed local choreographers (Lorraine Chapman, Brian Crabtree, Kelley Donovan, Gabrielle Orcha, and Margot Parsons) to work their magic. June 1-3. $20, $15 seniors and students. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191, www.greenstreetstudios.org KAREN CAMPBELL
TROJAN WOMEN Director Ben Evett envelops the audience in an atmosphere of escalating dread as the women of Troy, portrayed by a cast that includes the excellent Aimee Rose Ranger and Rosalind Thomas Clark, await their bleak fates at the hands of the conquering Greeks. Through June 2. Presented by Whistler in the Dark Theatre. At Factory Theatre, Boston. 800-838-3006, www.whistlerinthedark.com
XANADU An indefensibly enjoyable romp on roller skates, with a superlative cast led by McCaela Donovan, who seizes the opportunity to fully showcase her musical and comedy chops as a Greek muse who falls in love with a (very) mere mortal. Through June 9. Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com
WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE A fine musical portrait of a groundbreaking folk singer (played by David M. Lutken), whose best songs speak for the dispossessed in all times and places. Through
June 3. Presented by American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge.
LOVE PERSON With almost as many languages (three) as characters (four), Aditi Brennan Kapil’s play is, no surprise, about communication, and though it strains credibility at times, its story of how we connect with one another is worth watching. Company One’s production is highlighted by Sabrina Dennison and Jacqueline Emmart as lovers who don’t need words to make contact. Through June 23. Presented by Company One. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.company
AVENUE Q Inspired by “Sesame Street,” the 2004 Tony Award winner for best musical is a dark story of growing up in the big city. With its adult themes and graphic puppet sex, it’s not for children. But adults will be able to access their inner child through this sunny-side-of-the-street production, in which it’s hard to tell who’s more lovable, the puppets or the humans.
Extended through July 1. Lyric Stage Company, Boston.
ONSTAGE DANCE COMPANY The Boston area has a wealth of adult avocational dancers and choreographers who work hard in studio classes but rarely get the chance to shine onstage. Enter Jennifer Kuhnberg’s troupe. For this third annual performance, the company showcases 52 dancers and 12 choreographers in styles ranging from ballet and jazz to modern dance and hip-hop. June 3, 2 and 7 p.m. $12. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.bostontheatre
THE DANCEWORKS BOSTON PROJECT The company calls itself Boston’s largest performance-based organization for trained dancers, age 18 and up. This concert involves more than 90 dancers and packs 15 original works of hip-hop, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance into a two-hour showcase. Expect a sellout. June 6-8. $22, $12 age 11 and under. Boston University Dance Theater. 781-608-2820, www.danceworks
STEVE LOCKE:YOU DON’T DESERVE ME Locke’s painted portraits have long explored the freighted territory of the gaze, depicting men as both objects and subjects of desire. Now they engage with the viewer in new ways, moving into three-dimensionality and installation art. Through July 21. Samson, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-357-7177, www.samsonprojects.com
PRETTY UGLY: DEVIANT MATERIALISM
Artists in this exhibit mash together delight and repulsion in their art, a cocktail that can be unnerving and provocative. Artists include Kate Gilmore, Nicole Cherubini, Summer Wheat, and Lauren Kalman.
Through June 24. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St.
WORK FROM THE COMPOUND: ROSWELL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2010-11
Seven artists who worked side by side for a year in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program produced art that is rooted in the New Mexico landscape, but also explores displacement. Through July 5. Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, 300 Summer St. 617-423-4299, www.fortpoint
MAKING A PRESENCE: F. HOLLAND DAY IN ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY Ninety works present an overview of this fascinating Pictorialist photographer. The exhibit includes portraits of Day by his photographer peers. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015, www.andover
OH, CANADA! An ambitious, large-scale survey of the best of contemporary art from Canada. Through April 1. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org
GARY WEBB: MR. JEANS Sculptures that play fast and loose with modernism and consumer culture by this compelling young British artist. Through Aug. 12. DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln.
LESLEY VANCE Twenty-one vivid paintings and watercolors in the first solo museum show by this Los Angeles-based painter. She was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Through
July 1. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, Bowdoin.edu/
Glimpses of Cubism — and Cuba
ORESTES GAULHIAC: UNIVERSAL ELEMENTS
Gaulhiac’s whimsical paintings deploy formal elements of Cubism, rich colors, and touchable texture to convey an almost pantheistic spirituality inspired by the landscape of his native Santiago de Cuba. Pictured: “Ritual’’
Through June 17. Galería Cubana, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-292-2822, www.lagaleriacubana.com
“FIGMENT,” an event previously listed here, has been rescheduled for July 28-29.