Theater & art


Upcoming arts events around Boston

Rob Loud


PRIVATE LIVES Smart, stylish, fleet, and diamond-sharp: This is Noël Coward done right. Directed by Maria Aitken, Coward’s 1930 comedy about second (and third) chances at love stars Bianca Amato and James Waterston as Amanda and Elyot, a once-married couple who bump into each other while on honeymoons with their new spouses. The new spouses are none too happy about it, but you will be. Through June 24. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University
Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntington
Don Aucoin

LOVE PERSON With almost as many languages (three) as characters (four), Aditi Brennan Kapil’s play is, no surprise, about communication, and though it strains credibility at times, its story of how we connect with one another is worth watching. Company One’s production is highlighted by Sabrina Dennison and Jacqueline Emmart as lovers who don’t need words to make contact. Through June 23. Presented by Company One. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

AVENUE Q Inspired by “Sesame Street,” the 2004 Tony Award winner for best musical is a dark story of growing up in the big city. With its adult themes and graphic puppet sex, it’s not for children. But adults will be able to access their inner child through this sunny-side-of-the-street production, in which it’s hard to tell who’s cuter and more lovable, the puppets or the humans. Through July 1. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyric

Jeffrey Gantz



BOSTON INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION The excitement mounts as the contest, now in its second year, starts to winnow the most promising young dancers. The 13-to-25-year-olds perform a variety of solos and pas de deux from the classical ballet repertoire. June 15-17. $25-$100. Cutler Majestic Theatre.

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COURSE OF ACTION This Green Street Studios Emerging Artist Program concert ranges from the game-like improvisations and high physicality of a new duet by Lailye Weidman and Alli Ross to a quartet by Kristen Duffy Young that meditates on ease and patience. The concert also features works by Jeff Gugliotti, Caitlin Ewing, and Kelly Onder. June 15-16. $15 at the door, $10 seniors, students, and reserved tickets. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191, www.greenstreet

UNYTED STYLZ PRODUCTIONS Yep, it’s finally summertime, and the three companies of the hip-hop-based Unyted Stylz join together to celebrate with “Skoolz Out!” The show evokes teen angst and attitude in dance works about high school students who can’t wait for vacation. June 16, 8 p.m. $20, $15 ages 12 and under. Boston University Dance Theater. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets
Karen Campbell


MONIQUE JOHANNET: IS IT SOMETHING I SAID? Johannet takes inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings of young women, remembering her own girlhood in the 1960s, and plunges into rich conceptual territory about love objects, yearning, painting, and feminine identity. Through June 30. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477, www.carrolland

DARKCLOUDS: SAME OLD, SAME OLD The artist collaborative Darkclouds started off in the streets, posting their cloud image on stickers and signs wherever they could — starting in 2003 with a sign at Commonwealth and Brighton avenues. This show celebrates their early work. Through July 6. Lot F Gallery, 145 Pearl St. 617-426-1021,


VIVIAN BEER, RACHELLE THIEWES: PAINTED STEEL/SCULPTURAL OBJECTS Automotive paint on stainless steel, small and large: Thiewes makes jewelry inspired by the tones of the Texas desert. Beer’s furniture is characterized by iridescent color and modern, fluid lines. Through June 30. Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge. 617-876-2109,
Cate McQuaid


TRANSCENDING NATURE: PAINTINGS BY ERIC AHO The first American museum survey of this gifted, New Hampshire-born painter, inspired both by nature and painterly abstraction. Through Sept. 9. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144,

ANSEL ADAMS: AT THE WATER’S EDGE Famous and lesser known photographs of water in all its various forms by the celebrated American photographer. Through
Oct. 8. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 866-745-1876,

GARY WEBB: MR. JEANS Sculptures that play fast and loose both with modernism and consumer culture by this compelling young British artist. Through Aug. 12. DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln. 781-259- 8355,

JASPER JOHNS / IN PRESS: THE CROSSHATCH WORKS AND THE LOGIC OF PRINT A fascinating, in-depth look at the print works and print-derived paintings of this seminal postwar American artist. The show was organized by Harvard students. Through Aug. 18. Harvard Art Museums. 617-495-9400, www.harvardart

Sebastian Smee

Plenty of spunk


SPUNKANDCOMPANY Expect a blend of humor and drama in this upstart young company’s second full-length show, called “1 x 7.” It features new collaborative works by company artistic director Jillian Grunnah, associate artistic director Tara McCrystal, and dancer-choreographer Miriam Lundgren, with guest artist Kate Kayaian on cello. June 15-17. $15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 312-315-4181, Karen Campbell

Get moving

PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES Don't come looking for images of John Candy and Steve Martin. In this group show, seven photographers revel in the visual glories of transportation. Artists include Keith Johnson, Candace Gaudiani, and Frank Armstrong. Pictured: Gustav Hoiland’s “Train, 2011.” Through July 9. Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Ave. 617-267-8929, Cate McQuaid