A ‘Glass’ act
THE GLASS MENAGERIE John Tiffany’s revival of Tennessee Williams’s semi-autobiographical 1944 play is grounded in the excellence of its four actors, particularly Cherry Jones as faded Southern belle Amanda Wingfield. And by staging the action on a pair of hexagonal platforms that seem to float in time and space, Tiffany reminds us that you can never really leave your family behind. Pictured: Zachary Quinto, Cherry Jones, Brian J. Smith, and Celia Keenan-Bolger. Through March 17. American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 800-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org
CLYBOURNE PARK The fuse is always lit in M. Bevin O’Gara’s sharp and penetrating production of Bruce Norris’s drama about race and gentrification. A skilled ensemble ensures that the play registers with full force. Through March 30. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com
REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER Burgess Clark directs his incisive adaptation of Aaron Fricke’s memoir about the personal and legal battle he waged, as a high school student in Cumberland, R.I., to win the right to take his boyfriend to the prom in the spring of 1980. This remount of last year’s production, from a slightly trimmed script, features several new cast members. (Reviewed March 2012.) Through March 17. Boston Children’s Theatre. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.boston
MILDRED FIERCE In Ryan Landry’s dizzily entertaining musical parody of “Mildred Pierce,’’ the sublime Varla Jean Merman devours a signature Joan Crawford role like one of the pies Mildred sells to keep her no-good daughter in the lap of luxury. Through March 17. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine. www.brownpaper
STONES IN HIS POCKETS Marie Jones’s darkly funny play about Irish extras in a movie that’s being shot in Kerry has two adroit actors playing a total of 15 characters. Phil Tayler and Daniel Berger-Jones move from one person to the next in the blink of an eye, illuminating Jones’s essay on what it means to be Irish when Hollywood comes calling. Through March 16. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com
THE IRISH . . . AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY Frank McCourt’s celebration, through story and song, of the Irish-American experience and a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life. Through April 28. At Davis Square Theatre, Somerville. 800-660-8462, www.frank
DANISH DANCE THEATRE British-born choreographer Tim Rushton’s popular, evening-length “Love Songs” uses some of the great jazz classics, like “My Funny Valentine,” to evoke the atmosphere of a late-night dance club, where couples connect and disconnect as the vicissitudes of love play out. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston. March 16-17. $60. Tsai Performance Center. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
NORA CHIPAUMIRE With “Miriam,” the Bessie Award-winning choreographer and dancer creates an experience that is part duet performance and part immersive installation as she explores the idea of “otherness” via memories of her Zimbabwean childhood. March 15-16, 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org
LOVE IS Tap veterans Sean Fielder and Christopher Scott present this multimedia evening of dance, choreographed and directed by Scott. Performers include Fielder’s Boston Tap Company, One Love Company, NRG Dance Center, and Boston Community Dance Project. March 16, 7 p.m. $15. Strand Theatre, Dorchester. www.brownpapertickets.com
SEARCHING FOR LISZT The inaugural concert of Jasmine Dancers includes the world premiere of choreographer Liusha Hua’s new work created in honor of composer Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday. Set to three of the composer’s piano pieces, the work blends modern dance and Asian traditions. March 15-16, 8 p.m. $18-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-501-6812, www.jasminedance.theaterworld2000.com
Poets and visual artists have a great history interpreting each other’s work. So & So Reading Series and Rope-a-Dope Press invited artists and poets from around the country to create poetry broadsides that continue the dialogue. Through April 18. Distillery Gallery,
516 East Second St., South Boston. (No phone), www.gallery
SANDRA ALLEN: TRUNKS
Allen makes up-close, extraordinarily intricate graphite drawings of sections of tree trunks, working from photographs. Void of other context, rich in chiaroscuro and surface detail, they read like portraits, each individual marked by its own genes and history. Through April 13. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave.
GAIL SPAIEN: NEW PAINTINGS
Spaien’s large-scale landscapes may look more like flowery patterns, but that’s because Spaien takes sideways, conceptual, and neurological approaches to landscape. Here, she moves to evoke landscape by triggering optic responses to perceptions of space. Through April 10. Ellen Miller Gallery, 38 Newbury St.
ANDERS ZORN: A EUROPEAN ARTIST SEDUCES AMERICA A small but stellar show of paintings, etchings, and watercolors by the great Swedish artist, who was a contemporary of John Singer Sargent and friend of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Through May 13. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617 566 1401, www.gardner museum.org
VISITING MASTERPIECES: CEZANNE’S “THE LARGE BATHERS” Cezanne’s late masterpiece is on show at the MFA alongside Gauguin’s similarly Arcadian “Where Do We Come From, Who Are We, Where Are We Going?” A fruitful pairing. Through May 12. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
FREEPORT [NO. 006]: NICK CAVE Three faceless, funky, sculptural costumes by the fabric artist, seen in conjunction with a film projection. Cave’s exuberant “Soundsuits” recall anything from African ceremonial garb to neon-hued yeti to conglomerations of Beanie Babies. Through May 27. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem.
FRAME BY FRAME: PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES AND PORTFOLIOS FROM THE COLLECTION Frame is the name of the game, since the photographers in this superb show are named Robert Frank, Aaron Siskind, Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston,William Christenberry, and Bill Owens. Through April 14. Addison Gallery of American Art.
Andy Warhol did it first. The more consumer-driven society becomes, the more fodder there is for artists to comment, satirize, and manipulate iconic products. Here, nine artists tackle ads and logos for companies from Budweiser to Kelloggs. Pictured: Jack W. Schneider’s “P&G/Logo2.” Through March 31. Hallway Gallery, 66a South St., Jamaica Plain.