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The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

THEATER

THE FLICK Annie Baker (“The Aliens,’’ “Circle Mirror Transformation,’’ “Body Awareness’’) again demonstrates her uncanny ear and her empathy for lost souls in this group portrait of three employees at a fading moviehouse in central Massachusetts. Alex Pollock, Brenna Fitzgerald, and Peter Andersen deliver topnotch performances, and director Shawn LaCount, who helmed “The Aliens’’ a few seasons back, shows a sure grasp of the idiosyncratic Baker idiom. Through March 15. Company One Theatre in collaboration with Suffolk University. At Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, Boston. 800-440-7654, www.companyone.org

THE CHERRY ORCHARD An exquisite production of Chekhov’s final play, directed by Melia Bensussen. She draws finely detailed performances from her cast of 12, led by Marya Lowry as an aristocratic landowner in danger of losing her estate and her beloved cherry orchard, and Steven Barkhimer as a businessman who is offering her a way out. Through March 9. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, at Dane Estate, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

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THE WHALE The inimitable John Kuntz stars in the New England premiere of a drama by Samuel D. Hunter (“A Bright New Boise’’) about a morbidly obese Idaho man who, nearing death, tries to reconcile with the teenage daughter he hasn’t seen in many years. Directed by David R. Gammons. March 7-April 5. SpeakEasy Stage Company, at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

DON AUCOIN

WITNESS UGANDA Griffin Matthews plays himself in this musical treatment of a story drawn from his own life — about his journey to Uganda to help build a school, only to learn the charity behind the project is a sham. The show is a joyous, wrenching experience. The script, which Matthews co-wrote with composer/partner Matt Gould, skips lightly through the preliminaries, all the better to work up to an emotional chokehold. Rousing dance breaks prove a perfect complement to Gould’s richly layered music, which ranges from street calls to a killer gospel choir. Diane Paulus directs this world premiere. Through March 16. American Repertory Theater, at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

DEATH OF A SALESMAN The beauty of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner is that it indicts the American dream without exonerating the American dreamer. And this Lyric Stage production directed by Spiro Veloudos resists the temptation to make Willy Loman merely the victim of the system that chews him up and spits him out. Ken Baltin as Willy and Paula Plum as his wife, Linda, may shade their characters toward your sympathy, but they never fall into sentimentality, and the rest of the cast is also first-rate. Through March 15. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

JEFFREY GANTZ

DANCE

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2014: STARS OF FLAMENCO World Music/CRASHarts has packed its annual flamenco celebration with an impressive cast of musicians and dancers, including Spanish powerhouse Antonio Canales, Nuevo Ballet Español choreographer Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya, grandniece of the legendary Carmen Amaya, and the charismatic young Jesús Carmona. March 8-9. Tickets: $30-$79. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261, www.worldmusic.org

ORPHANS & BASTARDS Hyperbole Dance explores “what it means to be adopted” in this theatrical evening of dance and poetry. The work is inspired by artistic director Nikki Sell’s own experience as an adopted child with questions of identity searching for her biological family. March 7-9. Tickets: $20-$25. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 781-504-5191, www.hyperboledance.org

URBANITY NEXT This latest presentation by Urbanity Dance features emerging choreographers from among the company’s ranks. (The company is 60 dancers and counting!) Promising a wide-ranging evening of “raw dance,” the concert includes works by Meg Anderson, Wisteria Andres, Darnell Brown, Glenna Clifton, Chantal Doucett, Emily Mayer, Danielle Pastuszak, Danielle Robbins, Emily Sulock, Ayako Takahashi, and Ryan Valente. March 7-8. Tickets: $22. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-572-3727, www.urbanitydance.org

CELTIC NIGHTS: THE EMIGRANT’S BRIDGE Powered by six step dancers and six vocalists from Ireland, this production draws from Celtic history and folklore to evoke a story of a proud people who left their land to create a home in the New World. March 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$40. Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford. 508-994-2900, www.zeiterion.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES

DANIELA RIVERA: SHOOTING SKIES In Rivera’s installations, ideas manifest through materials. She explores violence by randomly spilling liquid on a painting. Here, she delves into gun violence in America, and the politics that surround it. Through April 5. LaMontagne Gallery, 555 East 2nd St., South Boston. 617-464-4640, www.lamontagnegallery.com

SANDI HABER FIFIELD: AFTER THE THRESHOLD Taking her cues from the slippery nature of dreams and memories, Haber Fifield creates elusive and allusive narratives by printing three or four seemingly discursive photographs in sequence in a single work. March 7-April 12. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-487-0411, www.gallerykayafas.com

TOM ECKERT: ILLUSIONS Eckert’s sleight of hand: He sculpts and paints wood into objects that look nothing like it. His trompe-l’oeil sculptures resemble a book, stones, eggs, satin or cotton cloth, and patent leather shoes. Some appear to mysteriously float. Through April 30. Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge. 617-876-2109, www.mobilia-gallery.com

TYSON ANDREE: THE PROCESS: WORKS ON GLASS The former graffiti writer takes inspiration from tags he once left on warehouse windows. Painting on the back of a pane, he makes glowing abstractions with spray paint and a razor for scraping. Through April 20. Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave. 617-832-0633, www.adelsongalleriesboston.com

CATE MCQUAID

MUSEUMS

TONY MATELLI: NEW GRAVITY
A brilliant show of hyper-real sculptures of men on the threshold of consciousness (including the infamous “Sleepwalker”), plus broken windows and other metaphysical gewgaws by the Brooklyn-based artist. Through May 11. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum

CHRIS BURDEN: THE MASTER BUILDER A near-complete overview of the inimitable California artist’s small-scale erector set bridges, to mark the unveiling of a major sculpture by Burden outside the museum’s entrance. Through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose

MACHINES AND MECHANIZATIONS: EXPLORATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY KINETIC SCULPTURE A survey of sculpture with moving (and often audible) parts, including work by Kim Bernard, Christ Fitch, Erica von Schilgen, and Mark Davis. Through June 1. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000, www.fullercraft.org

SONIA ALMEIDA: FORWARD/PLAY/PAUSE Paintings by the Lisbon-born, Boston-based artist touching on anomalies between scientific color theories and actual perception. Through April 6. List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680, listart.mit.edu

SEBASTIAN SMEE

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