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THE SOUND OF MUSIC Director James Brennan’s ravishing production of this old chestnut boasts a terrific cast led by Lisa O’Hare as Maria and David Andrew Macdonald as Captain Georg von Trapp. But its beauty is in the ability of Brennan and music director Dale Rieling to make us forget the film and get lost in the romantic story and magnificent score. Through June 23. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org Terry Byrne


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, www.huntingtontheatre.org DON AUCOIN

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, www.wellesleysummertheatre.com

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, www.speakeasystage.com TERRY BYRNE


ANNA MYER AND DANCERS With original music, hip-hop, contemporary dance, poetry, rap, and basketballs, the company offers a new version its popular dance-opera “Hoop Suite” at various basketball courts this summer, including this “Dancing in the Streets” presentation sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council. Nine dancers also perform Myer’s “Hindsight Now.” June 20, 8:30 p.m. Free. Conway Park, Somerville Avenue at Central Street, Somerville. 617-625-6600, www.somervilleartscouncil.org


SYLVIA AND SUMMER NIGHTS Students from the Tony Williams Dance Center tackle the Léo Delibes-scored ballet “Sylvia” on this mixed bill, which also features Boston Urban Ballet companies, Sean Fielder’s Boston Tap Company, Flamenco Dance Project, Jo-Mé Dance, and Navarasa Dance Theatre. June 21-22. $15-$20. John Hancock Hall. 917-689-8062, www.bostonurbanballet.com

DANCING FOR THE PLANET: MOVEMENT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Zoé Dance Company, Navarasa Dance Theater, and Nani Agbeli & the Agbekor Society join in an evening highlighting three disparate dance styles. The event benefits the environmental organization 350 Massachusetts. June 21, 7 p.m. $20, $15 seniors and students. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. 781-396-0734, www.dancefortheplanet.eventbrite.com

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM The venerable company showcases its impressive range in this dynamite program: Balanchine’s 1957 classic “Agon,” Alvin Ailey’s ardent “The Lark Ascending,” and John Alleyne’s take on contemporary romance, “Far but Close,” with original music by composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and text by Obie Award winner Daniel Beaty. Through June 23. $39-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org KAREN CAMPBELL


LASSE ANTONSEN: NOCTURAMA Antonsen’s exhibit is a cabinet of curiosities, a bizarre collection of found oddities and concoctions, including architectural remnants, taxidermal critters, and magic lantern slides projected over plants. Associations arise, and meaning coalesces in juxtapositions. Through June 30. Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport. 508-636-4177, www.dedeeshattuckgallery.com


SUZANNE HODES: FAMILY MATTERS: THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN Hodes uses her expressionistic brush to create portraits of her grandmother, a Lithuanian immigrant, her mother, and herself, contemplating women’s creativity and time’s passing. Through Sept. 25. Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, 515 South St., Waltham. 781-736-8102, www.brandeis.edu/wsrc

ELLIPSES: ALUMNI WORKS IN 3D Several estimable names pop out of the roster from this show at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, including Sally Moore, Abigail Newbold, Isabel Riley, and Andy Zimmermann. Through July 15. Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave.
617-879-7333, www.massart.edu/Galleries/Bakalar_and_Paine/Ellipses



WINSLOW HOMER: MAKING ART, MAKING HISTORY Highlights from the greatest collection of Homer’s work privately assembled after the artist’s death, now in the permanent collection of the Clark Art Institute. The show includes 11 paintings, 18 watercolors, and dozens of wood engravings, etchings, lithographs, and drawings. Through Sept. 8. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303. www.clarkart.edu

IN CONVERSATION: MODERN AFRICAN AMERICAN ART A lively survey of photographs, paintings, and sculptures by African Americans from the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights era and beyond. Through Sept. 2. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

TONY FEHER A survey of brightly colored but minimal sculptures made from humble and everyday materials — glass jars, marbles, colored liquids in plastic bottles, plastic crates, and so on. Through Sept. 15. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

MICHELANGELO — SACRED AND PROFANE: MASTER DRAWINGS FROM THE CASA BUONARROTI Twenty-six Michelangelo drawings from his own collection, on loan from the museum in Florence that was once his home. Through June 30. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org SEBASTIAN SMEE

Kelli Rae Adams: Breaing Even
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KELLI RAE ADAMS: BREAKING EVEN Adams investigates three artistic currencies and how they create value: energy, funds, and art objects themselves, in ceramic pieces and home-canned local produce. Through July 19. Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center, Brown University, 154 Angell St., Providence. 401-863-1934, www.brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery Cate McQuaid

Because of an editing error, a theater critic’s pick about “The Sound of Music” was attributed incorrectly. It was written by Terry Byrne.