A storied tale
CINDERELLA Boston Ballet’s fabulous new production, the company premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed version of the beloved tale, closes this weekend. Set to a vibrant score by Sergei Prokofiev and featuring gorgeous costumes, the ballet soars with classical elegance laced with romance and bawdy humor. Through March 23. $29-$152. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org
THE SEAGULL Director Maria Aitken deftly mines the vein of humor that runs alongside the currents of melancholy in Anton Chekhov’s play before shifting decisively to the much darker mood of its final act. Her cast, led by the estimable Kate Burton and fortified by such Boston stalwarts as Thomas Derrah and Nael Nacer, proves capable of sustaining Chekhov’s tricky blend of drollery and anguish. Through April 6. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org
THE WHALE The protean John Kuntz is riveting as a nearly 600-pound man who is marooned in his own body but determined to connect with his estranged teenaged daughter in Samuel D. Hunter’s prize-winning drama, directed by David R. Gammons. Through April 5. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com
BRUNDIBÁR & BUT THE GIRAFFE! Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the 1942 children’s opera by Hans Krása and Adolf Hoffmeister could never be less than chilling, given that Krása and most of the children who performed it at the Nazi concentration camp in Terezín were subsequently shipped off to Auschwitz. But Underground Railway Theater gives the story of two kids seeking milk for their ailing mother an upbeat performance, and the bully of the piece, the title character, isn’t too scary. The first half of the 90-minute evening is an original Kushner play about a Jewish girl whose family is being transported to Terezín (“Some place nice,” her mother calls it) and who’s being asked to leave her beloved stuffed giraffe behind in order to make room for her uncle’s copy of the “Brundibár” score. Through April 6. Underground Railway Theater at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org
HEAD OVER HEELS The Bang Group’s Amber Sloan, Nic Petry, Jeffrey Kazin, and David Parker venture north from New York to present this light-hearted revue exploring the vagaries of the human heart. Fueled by live music, from Mozart to Bacharach, this music/theater event will undoubtedly course with fanciful footwork and gentle humor. March 21. $10-$20. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org
MOVING TARGET IN CONCERT Green Street Studios presents the first concert to come out of its visiting-artist class series, Moving Target. The concert features work by series curators Annie Kloppenberg and Lauren Simpson, as well as guest teachers and professional dancers involved in the weekly classes. Should be provocative. March 22. $20-$30 suggested donation. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191, www.movingtargetboston.wordpress.com
I AM HERE NOW Zoe Dance presents this ambitious concert in which dance and live-capture video by Callie Chapman Korn surround the audience. The work explores how we layer experience upon the “blank slate” of the body. March 21 & 23. $15-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.zoedance.org
HEATHER McGILL: SPIRAL GALAXY McGill sews laser-cut acrylic bits over airbrushed patterns borrowed from the fashion world. She derives the acrylic shapes from old charts of the night sky. The glittery, opalescent results unfold in delicate, kaleidoscopic designs. Through April 15. Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550, www.milleryezerskigallery.com
KIM PASHKO & DAVID KELLEY: IT'S HARD TO SAY AU REVOIR, SO LET'S JUST SAY HORS D'OEUVRE The longtime Boston artists are decamping to Houston. Kelley deploys cartoon tropes in his paintings; Pashko's digital drawings and mixed-media works merge maps and phantasms. Through April 12. Samson, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-357-7177, www.samsonprojects.com
A WOMAN'S ARMS: WEAPONS, DOCUMENTS, & STRATEGIES Robert Moeller organized this show, in which a stellar roster of local women artists, including Abigail Newbold, J.R. Uretsky, Sandrine Schaefer, and Sofia Ainslie consider the challenges of life today. Through April 26. Lincoln Arts Project, 289 Moody St., Waltham. (No phone), www.lincolnartsproject.com
HANS OP DE BEEK: STAGING SILENCE (2) The Belgian artist presents a riveting black and white video, less than half an hour long, showing the construction and construction of artificial natural and built environments by various sleights of hand. Through April 6. List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680, listart.mit.edu.
PERMISSION TO BE GLOBAL/PRACTICAS GLOBALES: LATIN AMERICAN ART FROM THE ELLA FONTANALES-CISNEROS COLLECTION The first survey of contemporary Latin American art hosted by the MFA. Featuring work by 46 artists from Central and South America and the Caribbean, all from a single collection. The show was first seen at Art Basel Miami Beach late last year. Through July 13. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
NATALIE DJURBURG + HANS BERG: A WORLD OF GLASS An installation of 193 polyurethane sculptures, on four tables, and four video projections by the Swedish artist Djurburg, with accompanying music by the Swedish composer Berg. Through July 6. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.com
CHRIS BURDEN: THE MASTER BUILDER A near-complete overview of the inimitable California artist’s small-scale erector set bridges, to mark the unveiling of a major sculpture by Burden outside the museum’s entrance. Through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose
Gone, but. . .
PETER VANDERWARKER: INTERVENTIONS This show is a mix of intimate black-and-white photographs of iconic Boston sites now gone, such as the Central Artery, and larger color photos that reveal the artist's abiding interest in structure: trees, architecture, and edges of land meeting water. Through March 29. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St. 617-267-9060, www.gallerynaga.com
CATE MCQUAIDDon Aucoin can be reached at email@example.com.