Theater & art

The week ahead: Performing and visual arts


IMAGINING MADOFF Deborah Margolin’s speculative leap into the inner life of her notorious subject results in an engrossing drama of ideas whose intellectual and metaphysical gymnastics are a perfect match for the skills of Jeremiah Kissel, who won an Elliot Norton Award for his extraordinary performance in the title role, and for his costars, Joel Colodner and Adrianne Krstansky. A remount of the New Repertory Theater production, co-presented with the Boston Center for American Performance. Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. Through June 1. At Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210. 617-923-8487,

SMART PEOPLE Lydia R. Diamond (“Stick Fly,’’ “Voyeurs de Venus’’) examines the question of whether prejudice and racism are “hard-wired’’ into human beings. Thrashing out that issue are four characters: an African-American doctor, a white neurobiologist, a Chinese-Japanese-American psychologist, and an African-American actress. Directed by Peter DuBois. Through June 29. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

INTO THE WOODS A captivating production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, adroitly directed by Spiro Veloudos, in which the disenchanted forest of the title is thick with dread and disillusion, but shot through with humor, life, and wayward romance. With eye-catching steampunk costumes by Elisabetta Polito and top-notch performances, especially by Aimee Doherty, Lisa Yuen, Erica Spyres, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, John Ambrosino, and Maritza Bostic. Through June 29. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,



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THE TEMPEST Directed by Aaron Posner and Teller, the silent half of Penn & Teller, this dandy production dresses up Shakespeare with stage magic, a gymnastic two-man Caliban, and an onstage band playing songs from the Tom Waits catalog. Through June 15. American Repertory Theater. Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,


AMALUNA Cirque du Soleil is back with its big top, this time performing a female-centered spectacle. Directed by Diane Paulus, who is also artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, the production is based loosely on “The Tempest,” with a female Prospera who manipulates the natural world and is said to sing and play the cello, too. But while this outing is more plot-based than previous Cirque shows, it also features the usual Cirque derring-do, with Spandex-clad performers swinging perilously through the air, fearless acrobats, back-bending contortionists, as well as the familiar pageantry and specialty stunts. May 29-July 6. Boston Marine Industrial Park. 800-450-1480,




JEWELS Boston Ballet wraps up its milestone 50th season at home with Balanchine’s brilliant three-part “Jewels.” “Emeralds,” with music by Fauré, evokes the elegance of France, while “Diamonds” (Tchaikovsky) recalls the grandeur of Russian ballet. “Rubies” epitomizes the legendary collaboration between Balanchine and Stravinsky. Through June 1. $29-$137. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

GRANT JACOBY & DANCERS Founded last October, this modern dance troupe steps out this weekend with “Debut.” The program includes choreography by artistic director Jacoby, Boston-based troupe Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, collaborators Audrey MacLean and Katie McGrail, and New York guest artists Liz Charky and Skyler Volpe. May 30-31. $15-$20 suggested donation. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

IMPACT DANCE COMPANY The 14 members of this contemporary dance organization’s professional company and the nine dancers of its apprentice troupe showcase their talent in this “Third Annual Benefit Concert.” The show features the premieres of 10 original pieces, with choreography by Meghan McCaffrey, Brett Bell, and Heather Myers. June 1, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-997-3527,

DANCING IN THE STREETS This outdoor event pairs two local contemporary dance companies. Contrapose Dance presents sections of the new “HoverDive,” a work exploring communication among various forms of ocean life, created in collaboration with scientist/photographer Larry Pratt. Quicksilver Dance presents three works by artistic director Mariah Steele. May 31, 3 p.m. Free. Union Square Plaza, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985,




FEDERICO URIBE: OBJECTS IN A MIRROR Uribe’s intricate constructions made of shoelaces, pins, and electric cables are often comic images of existential conundrums, from struggling with the vagaries of one’s mind to grappling with a wired world. Through June 29. Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave. 617-832-0633,

HOLLY LYNTON: PIONEER VALLEY From sheep sheering to tobacco farming, Lynton’s photographs explore sometimes small but transcendent moments in agrarian life in Western Massachusetts. Echoing old master painters, she artfully utilizes composition and chiaroscuro to suggest heroic narratives. Through July 1. Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

PERCY FORTINI-WRIGHT: BOSTON AND BEYOND In his youth, this painter was a graffiti writer. His paintings often integrate the muscular, graphic quality of street art with graceful passages of representation. On view: cityscapes, abstractions, and shimmery, unsettling portraits. Through June 27. Lot F Gallery, 145 Pearl St. 617-855-9420,



RICHARD ESTES’ REALISM A large survey of the pioneering painter, often associated with photorealism, organized by the Portland Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Through Sept. 7. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,

QUILTS AND COLOR Nearly 60 quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, accumulated over five decades by artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy, with an emphasis on works that chime with 20th-century aesthetics. Through July 27. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

ANSELM KIEFER A major long-term installation of works by the German artist from the Hall Art Foundation in a new gallery repurposed by the foundation. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

MIKA ROTTENBERG: BOWLS BALLS SOULS HOLES Dazzling, wildly fanciful and tautly constructed video installations that combine chutes, shafts, bingo balls, big bodies, and much more, by the US-based artist born in Buenos Aires and raised in Israel. Through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,

Sebastian Smee

Exhibition looms

ECHOES IN FIBER: THE TEXTILE ART OF MONIKA CORREA Removing the reed from her loom mid-process, this Indian weaver sets her vertical warp threads adrift. Her previous work was representational; these new abstractions spotlight that technique with their tension between looseness and control. (Pictured: “Homage to Kepes Warp.”) May 31-July 13. Pucker Gallery, 171 Newbury St. 617-267-9473,


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