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 about the transgenerational reverberations of a black family’s decision to move into a predominantly white suburb. Through May 6. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company.
At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center
for the Arts. 617-266-0800,
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. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.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 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