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    Upcoming arts events around Boston

    T. Charles Erickson

    Local and universal

    GOOD PEOPLE South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire’s brilliant look homeward may seem like it’s about class issues, but there’s much more going on in his narrative of choices and personal integrity, beautifully directed by Kate Whoriskey. Johanna Day is wonderfully war-weary as the heroine, Margie, one of a cast of achingly imperfect characters in this Boston-set drama. Pictured: Nancy E. Carroll, Day, and Karen MacDonald. Through Oct. 14. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800,

    Terry Byrne


    MACBETH The virtues of this production include Jenna McFarland-Lord’s ghostly World War I-era set, director Paula Plum’s many imaginative conceits (like having the three witches double as nuns), and Allyn Burrows’s exuberant, man-against-fate depiction of the title character. Shakespeare done differently, and done very well. Through Nov. 4. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Chevalier
    Theatre, Medford. 866-811-4111,

    Jeffrey Gantz

    THE HOW AND THE WHY You’ll have to wade through some scientific jargon in Sarah Treem’s play about a graduate student and a renowned evolutionary biologist, but under the direction of Daniel Gidron, this cerebral drama solidifies into a well-drawn and satisfyingly intense clash of ideas and personalities. Extended through Nov. 4. Nora Theatre Company. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquare


    THE [EXPLETIVE] WITH THE HAT Director David R. Gammons and his first-rate cast capture the jumpy rhythms of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s dark comedy about a newly paroled drug dealer who struggles to figure out the right way to live, even as he’s knocked for a loop by the discovery of a mysterious hat that suggests his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Through Oct. 13. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

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    THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS The National Theatre production of Stephen Beresford’s comic drama about a free-spirited former hippie portrayed by Julie Walters, who reunites with her two troubled adult children and her granddaughter after she has cancer surgery. Directed by Howard Davies. Broadcast as part of the National Theatre Live series. Oct. 11 and 15. Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. 617-734-2501,

    Don Aucoin


    ANNA MYER AND DANCERS Combining dance, rap, poetry, and original live music, the company’s new rap opera “Hoop Suite” features promising young local performers and premiered this summer on basketball courts around Boston. World Music/CRASHarts now presents the work, along with the world premiere of Myer’s “Hindsight Now,” indoors. Oct. 12-14. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,

    THE ROYAL DRUMMERS & DANCERS OF BURUNDI  These master drummers don’t just pound out complex rhythms on their waist-high log drums. Reflecting traditions dating back centuries in the small African country of Burundi, the drummers hop, spin, and sidestep as they play, mallets arcing through the air, voices surging. This World Music/CRASHarts performance is part of the company’s first United States tour since 2006. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $35. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 617-876-4275,

    CIRCLES: 4TH QUARTER  This extravaganza, presented by Unyted Stylz Productions, showcases the organization’s own troupes (Unyted Stylz Crew, StreetHype, and Contemporarily Out of Order) as well as guest performances by a slew of artists in a range of dance styles, from Braintree Ballet and Boston Community Dance Project to the high-energy jazz tap of Boston Tap Company.  Oct. 12-13, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Boston University Dance Theater. 800-838-3006,


    DRACULA Island Moving Co. embraces the gothic tale in this intimate production combining dance, aerial work, film, and live music. Choreographer Miki Ohlsen’s ballet unfolds within the splendid rooms of historic Seaview Terrace (the mansion used for the TV soap “Dark Shadows”), and audiences move along with the action. Oct. 17-21. $90; $135 for performance and Masked Ball Oct. 19; $450 for performance and Dinner with the Count Oct. 20. Seaview Terrace, Seaview Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470,

    Karen Campbell


    THE FUTURE OF THE PAST: ENCAUSTIC ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY This show roots the contemporary fruits of the age-old practice of painting with pigmented wax in the work of 20th-century Boston artists Karl Zerbe, David Aronson, and Esther Geller. Through Dec. 2. Mills
    Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts,
    551 Tremont St. 617-426-8835,

    APPROACHING VOLUME: NICOLE CHESNEY, MASAKO KAMIYA, JOO LEE KANG Space and volume spring, either illusionistically or literally, from Chesney’s paintings on glass, Kamiya’s paintings built from tiny stalks of color, and Kang’s paper sculptures and eerie ornamental drawings.Through Nov. 3. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St. 617-267-9060,

    NEW SPINS/PLAYING WITH DOLLS “New Spins” spotlights 25 artists riffing on iconic album art. “Playing With Dolls” is the venue’s first solo show, featuring work by Brooklyn artist Charlie Smith. Through Oct. 20. Lincoln Arts Project, 289 Moody St., Waltham.

    Cate McQuaid


    A look at the influence of John Graham’s circle on American modernism. Through Dec. 30. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015,


    WEATHERBEATEN: WINSLOW HOMER AND MAINE Timed to coincide with the opening of the renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, this show gathers together 35 major works painted by Homer in the final decade of his life. Through Dec. 30. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,

    JULIANNE SWARTZ: HOW DEEP IS YOUR Inventive, poetic, and witty installations and sculpture that play with perception. Through Dec. 30. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

    Cosmic questions addressed by this talented and internationally acclaimed Boston-born artist. Through Oct. 14. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.ica

    Sebastian Smee

    Impact of war

    WENDY MARUYAMA: EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066 Maruyama examines the impact of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, using objects owned by internees, re-created ID tags, sculptures, and photo transfers of images by Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake. Pictured: Tag Project (replicas of paper tags worn by internees in the Tule Lake Camp). Through Nov. 3. Society of Arts and Crafts, 175 Newbury St. 617-266-1810,

    Cate McQuaid