Arts

Week Ahead: Gallery picks

Noel McKenna

THEATER

Finding Neverland The ART and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein plan to hold hands and fly to Broadway with this new family musical showing how playwright J. M. Barrie was inspired to write “Peter Pan” by a widow and her four sons in 1904 London. A good cast and terrific stagecraft from director Diane Paulus and crew overcome the rather pedestrian songs. Through Sept. 28. American Repertory Theater, Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

JOEL BROWN

PYGMALION The George Bernard Shaw play that launched “My Fair Lady” celebrates its centennial this year, and Flat Earth Theatre gives it a new look by setting the proceedings in the tube stations of the London Underground, while up on the streets a totalitarian police state rules. The concept is cute, if not obviously relevant, but the strength of the production is in the performances, with Stephen Turner delectable as Alfred P. Doolittle and Chris Chiampa and Jaclyn Johnson more than acceptable as Professor Higgins and Eliza. Through Aug. 30.
Flat Earth Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Black Box Theatre, Watertown. www.flatearththeatre.com.

JEFFREY GANTZ

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SISTER PLAY Tropes including family secrets and a mysterious stranger who exposes them are given a fresh rendering in this world premiere play by John Kolvenbach. Brenda Withers and Stacy Fischer head a stellar ensemble as sisters Anna and Lilly. Through Sept. 6. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet.
508-349-6800, www.harborstage.org

LOREN KING

DANCE

DIBBLEDANCE: SHOES ON, SHOES OFF For nearly three decades, Shakespeare & Company choreographer and founding member Susan Dibble has been showcasing her terpsichorean flair through annual presentations. This production features a cast of 17 and a dozen dances that reflect our relationships with shoes, both on and off the human foot. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., $30. Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

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SQUIRREL STOLE MY UNDERPANTS Bonnie Duncan (half of the duo They Gotta Be Secret Agents) uses dance, puppetry, storytelling, and a very quirky sense of humor to bring to life this little tale of magic and mischief about a girl named Sylvie who . . . well, the title says it. Kids of all ages will be charmed by this one. Aug. 30-Sept. 1, $12. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 617-731-6400, www.puppetshowplace.org

DANCETHEYARD The Yard’s managing director, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller, the director of island programs and education, premiere a new, full-length co-creation Friday and Saturday nights. A pay-what-you-can Saturday family matinee at 11 a.m. features improvisational dance company What’s Written Within as well as new works by Yard interns. Aug. 29-30, $15-$25. Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Chilmark. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Stepping into ‘Battle’

DANCE THE DREAM The teens of this Medicine Wheel Productions youth program have been working with Kairos Dance Theater on the idea “You got beef with me . . . let’s dance it out.” The upcoming “Battle” features Kairos professionals along with youth from Dorchester, South Boston, and Roxbury in dance that blends contemporary, krump, and hip-hop styles. The show also integrates visual arts and live music by violinist Emily Stewart. Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Strand Theatre, Dorchester (with pre-show processional from South Boston High School). Aug. 30, 5 p.m. D Street lawn at Boston Convention Center. Free. 617-268-6700, www.mwponline.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES

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WILLIAM DALEY: 14 FOR 7 Daley has been crafting large-scale geometric ceramics since the 1950s; here are works from each decade. A second show at Massachusetts College of Art and Design includes his tools and preliminary sketches. Through
Oct. 25. The Society of Arts and Crafts, 175 Newbury St. 617-266-1810, www.society
ofcrafts.org

ANDREW PAUL WOOLBRIGHT: SHRINEBEAST In paintings, video, and sculpture, the artist asserts the advantages of hope and romanticism. He depicts an alternate reality powered by his view of 1990s-era optimism. Through Oct. 5. Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley St., Providence. 401-861-1535, www.yellowperilgallery.com

NO BORDER LINE FROM TEHRAN TO BOSTON An exhibition of Iranian painters, curated by Tehran-based artist Vahid Shaker, which takes as its theme the idea that art has no boundaries. Artists include Negar Orang and Maryam Takallou. Through Sept. 14. Touch Art Gallery, 281 Concord Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0017, www.touchag.com

CATE McQUAID

MUSEUMS

MAKE IT NEW: ABSTRACT PAINTINGS FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, 1950-1975 A selection of prestigious, mostly large-scale works by Abstract Expressionist, Color Field, and other postwar artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Bontecou, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, and Cy Twombly, all from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Through Oct. 13. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303. www.clarkart.edu

PURE SOULS: THE JAIN PATH TO PERFECTION A selection of rarely seen illustrated manuscripts and cloth paintings made for followers of Jainism in the sixth century BC, newly restored. Also includes sculptures and embroidered book covers. Through Nov. 30. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

BERNARD LANGLAIS An impressive and thoroughly endearing overview of the career of the inventive sculptor, whose works can also be seen all over Maine. Through Jan. 4. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600, www.colby.edu/academics_cs/museum

RICHARD ESTES’ REALISM
A large survey of the pioneering painter, often associated with photorealism, organized by the Portland Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Through Sept. 7. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

Sebastian Smee

Wall art

RICHARD WHITTEN, EMI OZAWA Both artists make sprightly 3-D wall-mounted constructions of painted wood. Whitten’s shaped panels reference architecture, and his imagery and patterns complicate perceptions of space. Ozawa’s sculptural zigzags appear to change as you walk by. Pictured: Whitten’s “Double Carré.” Through Sept. 28. Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport. 508-636-4177, www.dedeeshattuckgallery.com

CATE McQUAID

Cate McQuaid can be reached at catemcquaid@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @cmcq.
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