Theater & art

The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

Gary Sloan

Mateo finale

JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE Closing the company’s season, “Method & Madness” (pictured) pairs two of Mateo’s bigger ballets, “Over and Over,” set to Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 2, and “Escape,” one of the choreographer’s most compelling and visually alluring ballets, set to the spare, elegiac Concerto for Guitar and Violin by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. May 10-19. $40. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

Karen Campbell


GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS This 1984 Pulitzer winner represents the purest distillation of David Mamet’s trademark dialogue: those staccato exchanges, bursting with obscenities. Director Charles Towers sustains an atmosphere of high-stakes tension as Will LeBow and Todd Licea lead a skilled ensemble, playing bottom-feeding salesmen forced to compete to keep their jobs. Through May 19. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell. 978-654-4678,

AMADEUS Jim Petosa’s robust production of Peter Shaffer’s tragicomedy about a scheming mediocrity, Antonio Salieri, who sets out to thwart a genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Benjamin Evett’s multifaceted performance makes evident the paradoxical nature of Salieri, the only one who truly understands the scope of Mozart’s achievement. Through May 19. New Repertory Theatre. At Charles Mosesian Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

Don Aucoin


SHE KILLS MONSTERS The “she” in Qui Nguyen’s 2011 fantasy is 15-year-old Tilly Evans, who kills Dungeons & Dragons monsters. Actually, Tilly’s dead, killed in a car crash with her parents, but her older sister, Agnes, finds Tilly’s D&D notebook and enters the game in order to reconnect with her sibling. Real-life sisters Jordan Clark and Paige Clark Perkinson play Tilly and Agnes in this high-spirited, swordplay-filled production, and their chemistry is palpable. Through May 11. Company One. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

Jeffrey Gantz

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE At a moment when we’ve been all too focused on events unfolding in the real world, this production of the 2002 musical (based on the 1967 movie) is a wonderfully entertaining immersion into escapism. Director-choreographer Ilyse Robbins knows the focus needs to be on the singing and dancing, and, wow, does her company deliver. Through May 12. Stoneham Theatre. 781-279-2200,

PIPPI LONGSTOCKING The unconventional title character defies expectations, and so does director Wendy Lement’s frothy stage version of the classic children’s book. Lement’s approach focuses on joy and whimsy, with a whole lot of chances to dance, dance, dance. Through May 12. Wheelock Family
Theatre. 617-879-2300,

Terry Byrne


MOVEMENT AT THE MILLS For this installment of the gallery’s free-form dance series, Lorraine Chapman and Contrapose Dance join with members of David Parker’s lively New York dance theater troupe, the Bang Group, known for charmingly irreverent dances that blend styles ranging from vaudeville to ballet. May 10, 8 p.m. Free. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

DANCE CURRENTS INC. Two new dances, Kathy Hassinger’s “Braiding” and Alison Smith’s “Tok,” highlight a Mother’s Day concert of dance and live music titled “Charge the Air.” The concert also includes the percussion-driven “Battle Etude,” by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle. May 12, 2 p.m. $18, $15 seniors and students. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-965-1569,


AUDRA CARABETTA AND BRIAN CRABTREE The two veteran choreographers take it outside to inaugurate Somerville Arts Council’s “Dancing in the Streets” series. Crabtree’s works feature props that include apples, spatulas, and chairs. Carabetta showcases dances exploring time, space, and memory. May 11, 8 p.m. Free. Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-625-6600,
ext. 2985,

Karen Campbell


SCOTT HADFIELD: NEW PAINTINGS Crisp, geometric structures play against painterly smears among the many layers of Hadfield’s paintings, which he builds up and rubs away at to convey dramatic shifts in space and time. Through June 1. Barbara Krakow Gallery,
10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490,

CONVERGENCE More than 20 monumental, site-specific sculptures are sprucing up the Christian Science Plaza. Members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery made the art; the First Church of Christ, Scientist, cosponsors the show. Talks and tours scheduled throughout the run. Through Oct. 31. Christian Science Plaza, Massachusetts Avenue at Huntington
Avenue. 617-482-7781,

INFINITE SCROLL Can visual artists create work that embodies the Internet? Brian Butler and Cody DeFranco’s large-scale installation and 2-D pieces wrestle with the technology explosion of the 1980s and 1990s, and examine what it has wrought. May 11-May 30. Blanc Gallery, 110 Brookline St., Cambridge. 508-768-7611,

Cate McQuaid


ARTIST, REBEL, DANDY: MEN OF FASHION A bold, all-embracing survey of the figure of the dandy over two hundred years, from Oscar Wilde to Sebastian Horsley. The show includes clothing, photographs, paintings, and caricatures. Through Aug. 18. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I. 401-454-6500,


JEFFREY GIBSON: LOVE SONG Vibrant paintings on hide and mixed media sculptures, combining Native American motifs with Western abstraction, by this cosmopolitan 40-year-old artist who was born in Colorado, raised in Germany, the US, and Korea, educated in London, and a member of the Mississippi Band of Chocktaw Indians. Through July 14. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

SAMURAI! Japanese armor worn by shoguns, or warlords, from the 12th to the 19th centuries, from a respected Texan private collection. Through Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

Adam Parker Smith: Angelyne at LaMontagne.

ED RUSCHA: STANDARD More than 70 works, including painting and film, from across the career of the acclaimed West Coast artist. Works drawn from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where the show originated, are complemented by work from the Rose’s collection. Through June 9. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,

Sebastian Smee

Handmade humor

ADAM PARKER SMITH: ANGELYNE Recently, this artist prankster purloined artworks from other artists and made an exhibition of them. This show features his own comic creations, often painstakingly handmade and touching on life-and-death themes. Pictured: “Proposal Exhibition: Angelyne.” Through June 15. LaMontagne Gallery, 555 East Second St., South Boston. 617-464-4640,

Cate McQuaid