Theater & art


The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

Caleb Charland
Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Rising and shining

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY The venerable company’s Memorial Day weekend engagement provides a great opportunity to catch a wildly diverse program by the master choreographer, including his latest work, the romantic “Perpetual Dawn,” set to music by German Baroque composer Johann David Heinichen. Pictured: Heather McGinley and Michael Apuzzo in “Perpetual Dawn.” May 24-26. $25-$75. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 413-528-0100,

Karen Campbell


RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Playwright Gina Gionfriddo and director Peter DuBois, longtime collaborators who worked together on “Becky Shaw,’’ team up again for Gionfriddo’s comedy of ambivalence about life choices, built on the reunion between a best-selling, media-savvy academic (think Camille Paglia) and a friend who is married to the academic’s old flame. Through June 22. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

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 26. New Repertory Theatre. At Charles Mosesian Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,


ON THE TOWN A production longer on wistful charm than effervescence, reflecting the innocence we associate with the 1940s but also flecked with traces of our contemporary ambivalence and our mistrust of happy endings. Directed by Spiro Veloudos and choreographed by Ilyse Robbins. Through June 8. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678,

Don Aucoin

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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 16. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

PUNK ROCK Playwright Simon Stephens’s portrait of teen angst takes a disturbing and violent turn, but the power of this production comes from the easy way the ensemble members inhabit their characters with grace and style. This tragedy may be a little too vivid for some audiences, but the playwright’s ear for teen conversations, shifting alliances, and fundamental fears is spot-on. Through May 25. Zeitgeist Stage Company. At Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

Terry Byrne


COPPÉLIA Boston Ballet performs Balanchine’s version of this charming classic. Set to a delicious score by Léo Delibes, it features a silly, sweet plot, based on an E.T.A. Hoffmann tale about a doll who seems to come to life. But it’s really about fantasizing the romantic ideal and coming to graceful terms with reality — oh, and dynamite choreography. Great for the whole family. Through May 26. $29-$142. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

GREEN STREET STUDIOS SHARED CONCERT The intrepid Cambridge dance center’s recent residency program generated new choreography by Jean Appolon, Tara McCrystal, Jessica Pretty, and David Sun. This concert of premieres showcases the fruits of their creative sojourn. May 24-25,
8 p.m. $10, $15 after May 23. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191,


HABITAT For this second annual concert presented by Marsha Parrilla/Danza Orgánica, Parrilla gathers dancers Marissa Molinar, Kara Fili, Tara Weaver, Tai Jimenez, Joe Gonzalez, and Sakurako Awano to perform choreography that infuses contemporary styles with Afro-Caribbean and South American influences. The concert features original music by Ryan Edwards. May 24-25, 8 p.m. $20, $12 students. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-429-6910,

Karen Campbell


KAREN KARNES AND MARK SHAPIRO: COLLABORATION/ CO/ELABORATION Karnes has been a leading light in the ceramics world for more than 60 years. This show spotlights her partnership with Shapiro, a Western Massachusetts studio potter, and their individual work. Through June 15. Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord. 978-369-0278,

GIDEON BOK: RECORDS Bok’s painterly interiors (usually depicting an unruly studio) investigate space, but they also often stir up questions about time passing, isolation and community, and the creative process. They are records of life unspooling within the confines of four walls. Through June 5. Alpha Gallery, 37 Newbury St. 617-536-4465,

KAY HARTUNG AND JODI COLELLA: MORPHOLOGY Biology inspires these two mixed-media artists. Colella’s colorful 3-D textiles suggest burgeoning life, but laced with threat. Hartung’s 2-D pieces, recalling electron microscope photography, celebrate the abstract possibilities of cellular life. Through June 23. Fountain Street Fine Art, 59 Fountain St., Framingham. 508-879-4200,

Cate McQuaid


NEW BLUE AND WHITE A brilliant, out-of-the-box show looking at the dynamic responses of contemporary artists across the world to the tradition of blue and white porcelain. Through July 14. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,


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,

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,

PORTUGAL, JESUITS, AND JAPAN: SPIRITUAL BELIEFS AND EARTHLY GOODS An exhibition of 70 objects, including seven superb folding screens, examining the fascinating relationship between Portugal and Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. Through June 2. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. 617-552-8100,

Sebastian Smee

Caleb Charland.

Illuminating imagery

CALEB CHARLAND: BACKSCATTER Charland uses photography to reflect upon the energy of light. He draws in the air with penlights and matches; he illuminates an orchard by wiring a lamp to the hanging fruit. He imbues simple science experiments with aesthetic value. Pictured: a detail of Charland’s 2011 “1st Scan Apple Trees and LEDs.” Through June 22. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411,

Cate McQuaid