Theater & art

The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

Geoff Hargadon

Bringing his art indoors

BARRY MCGEE A mid-career survey of the popular San Francisco-based artist who has made a dynamic shift from street art into galleries and museums. Through Sept. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

Sebastian Smee


RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Playwright Gina Gionfriddo (“Becky Shaw’’) ranges across the topography of the women’s movement — and the life choices shaped by that movement — in this shrewd and incisive comedy, directed by Gionfriddo’s longtime collaborator, Peter DuBois. Through June 30. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,


DANCING AT LUGHNASA Memory plays require a dreamy atmosphere delicately blended with a few sharply defined details. This lovely production reaches that threshold and surpasses it, with an ensemble that embodies all of playwright Brian Friel’s tenderness for his fragile characters, living in the imaginary Irish village of Ballybeg, County Donegal, in the summer of 1936. Through June 23. Wellesley Summer Theatre Company. At Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College. 781-283-2000,


IN THE HEIGHTS The title of this Tony Award-winning musical refers to an exhilarated state of mind as well as a vibrant New York City neighborhood. In this production, directed by Paul Daigneault and loaded with life and energy, a vivacious ensemble creates a community of absolutely irresistible characters. Through June 30. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



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TRANSITIONS — AN EVENING OF TAP DANCE Tall and talented up-and-comer Ryan Casey (a founding member of Dorrance Dance/New York) shows and tells his triumphs and travails in this evening of tap blended with hip-hop, comedy, poetry, and confession. Kelly Kaleta (“Imagine Tap!”) guests. June 14, 8 p.m. $27. Regent Theatre, Arlington.

FLYING DRAGON AND DANCING PHOENIX Chinese Folk Art Workshop Inc. presents this show evoking yin and yang through dance, acrobatics, drumming, and more. Heads up for the LED yo-yos and the gorgeous neon dragon that sparkles and glows in the dark. June 15, 7 p.m. $15. Wellesley High School, 50 Rice St., Wellesley. 781-608-3971,

JO-MÉ DANCE THEATRE This inner-city youth organization led by artistic director May-Lisa Chandler embraces a wide range of dance styles to teach more than just how to move onstage. The premiere of “Beyond” features choreography by Chandler, co-director Joe Gonzalez, and Diaman Wood created especially for the student company.
June 15, 8 p.m. $30, $10 seniors and students. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-285-2481,

ALLEGRO DANCE COLLABORATIVE Somerville Arts Council’s “Dancing in the Streets” series showcases this company created by six former Brandeis University students. Allegro’s new piece, “En Route,” is drawn from stories of the goal-driven journey through life. June 16, 8:30 p.m. Free. Magoun Plaza, 532 Medford St., Somerville. 617-625-6600,




EMILY SPEED: THE BOULDER PROJECT Speed investigates how we express personal space through dress and shelter, delving into psychology and history. This project takes off from a boulder in the gallery’s garden, and a pavilion that once sat upon it. Through July 20. Jane Deering Gallery, 18 Arlington St., Gloucester. 978-281-8051,

SEVEN: A PERFORMATIVE DRAWING PROJECT It was a hit last summer, and it’s back: Seven walls, seven weeks, seven artists. Working through June 14: street artist Percy Fortini-Wright. June 17-21: Smoky, spooky figure artist Alexa Guariglia. Through Aug. 8. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

ARIEL FREIBERG: BLAZONING ARMS Freiberg uses found objects such as high heels and gardening tools as subjects for her paintings modeled on coats of arms. She infuses the deeply coded system of heraldry with subversive content about sexuality and consumerism. Through July 9. Miller Yezerski Gallery,460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,



ARTIST, REBEL, DANDY: MEN OF FASHION A bold, all-embracing survey of the figure of the dandy over 200 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. 401-454-6500,

MATRYOSHKA: THE RUSSIAN NESTING DOLL Eighty-three sets of wooden nesting dolls from the Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis. Through July 20. Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton. 978-598-5000, www.museumof


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. Through July 14. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,


Maggi Brown: New Paintings at Barbara Krakow.

Maggi’s marks

MAGGI BROWN: NEW PAINTINGS Alive as a hive of bees yet sometimes serene, Brown’s paintings are like communities of marks. Like people, the marks work for and against one another. They accumulate baggage. They accrue into something larger than themselves. Through July 23. Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490,

Cate McQuaid