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ALEX KATZ PRINTS One hundred and twenty-five prints from the 1960s until recently, in a show that surveys the graphic career of this beloved Pop artist. Through July 29. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,


MAESTRO: LEONARD BERNSTEIN In a poignant, finely wrought portrait, Hershey Felder explores the inner conflicts of a musical genius who packed several careers into one lifetime, but wished he had devoted more time to composing the masterwork of which he was capable. Through May 20. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Paramount Center Mainstage, Boston. 617-824-8400,

THE REALISTIC JONESES In the world according to playwright Will Eno, dread underlies our daily routines, sudden change is not a possibility but a certainty, and there’s not a thing we can do about it. Except, perhaps, huddle uncertainly together, as the four mismatched Joneses do in this frequently funny, stealthily unsettling new play. Directed by Sam Gold. Through May 12. Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven. 203-432-1234,


FELA! A rousing testament to the power of music to capture, channel, and communicate the spirit of rebellion, with an electrifying performance by Sahr Ngaujah as Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti and dazzling choreography by Bill T. Jones, who also directed. Through May 6. At Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. 617-824-8000, www.arts

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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, directed by Melia Bensussen, 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, www.huntington

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,

TIGERS BE STILL Playwright Kim Rosenstock’s bittersweet comedy is fueled by Becca A. Lewis’s bravura performance and David J. Miller’s detail-oriented direction. This is one of the most enchanting theatrical experiences of the season. Through May 5. Presented by Zeitgeist Stage Company. At Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.zeitgeist

THE FULL MONTY This musical version of the 1997 film is a joyous celebration of letting go of judgment and being true to oneself. What makes this production so winning is that every member of the company is clearly having a good time. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Through May 6. Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham. 781-279-2200,



DORRANCE DANCE For Dance Inn Productions’ celebration of National Tap Dance Day, innovative Bessie Award winner Michelle Dorrance assembles a crew of talented young New York hoofers and local favorite Sean Fielder.
May 4, 8 p.m. $30 ($25 for seniors and students). Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-646-4849,

URBANITY DANCE With an aim to marry commercial dance with concert dance, the company presents its fourth annual spring revue, “I AM _______.” Artistic director Betsi Graves, New York-based choreographers Larry Keigwin and KK Apple, and others offer six new dances to fill in the title’s blanks: air, fast, feisty, lying, soft, and still. May 5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $24. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-572-3727,

BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY In “Moments,” the athletic company presents works by codirectors Irada Djelassi and Katherine Hooper, as well as a premiere by new company member Anna Reyes. The choreographers also plan to share their creative processes. Audience members for the 8 p.m. show can stay for a post-concert benefit reception and silent auction. May 5, 6 p.m. and
8 p.m. $18 ($50 for show and reception). Mass Motion Dance Studio Theater, Brighton. 978-500-3057,

JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE It’s the last weekend to catch the company’s final program of the season. “Absurdus” pairs Mateo’s whimsical, circus-like “House of Ballet” with the choreographer’s only premiere of the season, a piece that reframes the propulsive Violin Concerto of Philip Glass. May 4-6, $38. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,


LINDA HUEY: BOTANICAL ADAPTATIONS Huey fashions her flower sculptures from clay. They have rebar stems and textures that evoke the city's grit and litter. With a humorous edge, Huey examines the interdependence of nature and industry. Through May 29. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100. www.arsenal


WALLY GILBERT: EN-LIGHTEN Gilbert, a Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist who is now an artist, creates computer-generated patterns using straight lines in brilliant colors and black and white. His aim: to master the illusion of depth on a flat surface. Through May 31. Khaki Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 781-572-7263, www.khakigallery

BITS A group show about how small things can accrue into something completely different. Sculptors Bob Conge and Todd Robertson make work inspired by backgrounds in collecting toys and doodads. William Long's mixed-media works explore the urban landscape. Through May 30. Lot F
Gallery, 145 Pearl St. 617-426-1021,

THEN AND NOW Sophia Ainslie, Ilona Anderson, and Paul Stopforth, all from Johannesburg, show together for the first time. All three artists make art that weaves narrative and metaphor to raise questions about humanity, society, and the environment. Through June 29. Spoke Gallery, 110 K St., South Boston. 617-268-6700,


NINA BOHLEN: MY WOODS Charged and atmospheric monotypes depicting the trees and woods of Lubec, Maine, by this esteemed artist. Through May 20. Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham. 508-620-0050, www.danforth

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. 207-725-3275,

CHARLINE VON HEYL A small but electrifying suite of abstract paintings and two lively suites of works on paper by the talented German-born, New York-based painter. Through July 15. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,