At 6-foot-2, wearing a bright pink shirt and red sneakers, Ryan Landry was hard to miss as he led a whirlwind backstage tour at the Huntington Theatre Company on a recent Friday. Preparations were underway all around for his play, “Ryan Landry’s ‘M,’ ” beginning performances Friday at the Boston Center for the Arts, and Landry spread cheer wherever he went.
In the scene shop, four women painted lollipops and candies on a large gingerbread house. “Geniuses,” he called them, and they laughed. He was already moving on to the prop shop, where the lone craftsman on hand seemed pleased, if slightly surprised, by the degree of Landry’s enthusiasm for the puppets and the “amazing” 20-foot-long giant pencil.