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The week ahead: Theater

“A Raisin in the Sun” at Boston University Theatre through April 7,

T Charles Erickson

“A Raisin in the Sun” at Boston University Theatre through April 7,

Still powerful

A RAISIN IN THE SUN All the passion Lorraine Hansberry poured into her 1959 masterpiece comes surging through in Liesl Tommy’s stirring production. LeRoy McClain, Kimberly Scott, Ashley Everage, and Keona Welch deliver piercing performances as the four adult members of the Younger family, facing the chance for a new start but divided on what that means. Through April 7. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800,


OPERATION EPSILON A satisfyingly taut and well-acted production of Alan Brody’s fine, historically based new drama about German nuclear scientists held captive at the end of World War II in a British country house, where they confront — and evade — their moral responsibility. Directed by Andy Sandberg, with standout performances by Will Lyman, Diego Arciniegas, Ken Baltin, and Robert D. Murphy. Through April 28. Nora Theatre Company. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

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CLYBOURNE PARK The fuse is always lit in M. Bevin O’Gara’s sharp and penetrating production of Bruce Norris’s drama about race and gentrification, inspired by “A Raisin in the Sun.’’ A skilled ensemble ensures that the play registers with full force. Extended through April 6. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

THE IRISH … AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY Frank McCourt’s celebration, through story and song, of the Irish-American experience and a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life. Through April 28. At Davis Square Theatre, Somerville. 800-660-8462,


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY This Petipa masterpiece, one of Boston Ballet’s largest and most lavish productions, beautifully showcases the dancers’ classical style, from the traditional mime, which adds detail, to the breathtaking solos, big ensemble numbers, and lively character dances. March 22-April 7. $29-$142. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

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CAITLIN CORBETT DANCE COMPANY The choreographer’s intriguing, often quirky movement explorations are the stars of this concert featuring three brand-new works, including a love duet to the croons of Elvis and the premiere of “I’m Like, No Way,” set to the experimental music of Icelandic band múm. March 22-23, $25, $12 seniors and students. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-353-8725,

AGAINST THE ODDS: IMPERFECT(IVE) EXPERIMENTS Monkeyhouse members’ own medical anomalies spurred this festival, in which more than 30 performers explore how choreography is often inspired by physical limits and imperfections. The aim is to foster dance that is more relevant to people’s lives, offering sometimes playful ways to embrace limitations. March 21-24. $20, $15 seniors and students. Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford. 617-535-1942,

DANCE UNITES FESTIVAL This daylong affair hosted by Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester begins with a variety of classes and culminates in two wide-ranging concerts that include center affiliates as well as guests from Lorraine Chapman, the Company; Benkadi Drum and Dance; Sidestreet Crew; and North Atlantic Ballet. March 23, 6 and 7:30 p.m. $15. NextDoor Center for the Arts, 40 Cross St., Winchester. 781-729-8556,

Quilting ‘Bird’

CLARA WAINWRIGHT: 1000 HOURS WITH A DEMANDING BIRD Wainwright, founder of First Night, tireless collaborator and artist, exhibits contemplative quilts in part inspired by Paul Klee’s self-portrait “Lost in Thought.” Birds appear, and agitated patterns, in a purple palette. Through March 30. Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge. 617-876-2109,


HOWARDENA PINDELL: VIDEO DRAWINGS 1973-2007 Pindell, long known for her focus on process, oddball materials, and societal critique, displays layered photographs of television screens shot through transparent drawings. The works utilize abstraction to comment darkly on the power of mass media. Through April 16. Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

TORY FAIR Fair continues exploring daydreams and momentary retreats from the world, using sculpture made of resin, aluminum, sage leaves, and crystals to evoke the quotidian rituals of life and the objects we engage with when lost in thought. Through April 20. LaMontagne Gallery, 555 East 2nd St., South Boston. 617-464-4640,

WARNER FRIEDMAN: PAINTINGS and GORDON LEE: PAINTINGS Two painters of painstaking detail: Friedman’s New England landscapes are shaped by the windows, railings, and gates through which they’re viewed. Lee’s hyper-real still lifes juxtapose unlikely objects and backdrops. Through April 6. Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303,


ANDERS ZORN: A EUROPEAN ARTIST SEDUCES AMERICA A small but stellar show of paintings, etchings, and watercolors by the great Swedish artist, who was a contemporary of John Singer Sargent and friend of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Through May 13. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-566-1401,

NEW BLUE AND WHITE A brilliant, out-of-the-box show looking at the dynamic responses of contemporary artists across the world to the tradition of blue and white porcelain. Through July 14. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

EDWARDIAN OPULENCE: BRITISH ART AT THE DAWN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY A survey of British art that deepens our idea of a period that serves, rather thinly, as the backdrop to “Downton Abbey.”Through
June 2. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. 877-274-8278,

IN HARMONY: THE NORMA JEAN CALDERWOOD COLLECTION OF ISLAMIC ART Ceramics, illustrated folio pages, and drawings on paper, most of them exquisite, make up this exhibition of Persianate work from the ninth to 19th centuries. Through June 1. Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

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