The week ahead: Art and theater

(A.R. Sinclair Photography)

History lesson

OPERATION EPSILON A satisfyingly taut and well-acted production of
Alan Brody’s fine, historically based new drama about German nuclear scientists held captive at the end of World War II in a British country house, where they confront — and evade — their moral responsibility. Directed by Andy Sandberg, with standout performances by Will Lyman, Diego Arciniegas, Ken Baltin,
and Robert D. Murphy. Pictured (from left): Owen Doyle, Lyman, and Baltin. Through April 28. Nora Theatre Company.
At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,
Don Aucoin


A RAISIN IN THE SUN All the passion Lorraine Hansberry poured into her 1959 masterpiece comes surging through in Liesl Tommy’s stirring production. LeRoy McClain, Kimberly Scott, Ashley Everage, and Keona Welch deliver piercing performances as the four adult members of the Younger family, facing the chance for a new start but divided on what that means. Through April 7. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800,

CLYBOURNE PARK The fuse is always lit in M. Bevin O’Gara’s sharp and penetrating production of Bruce Norris’s drama about race and gentrification, inspired by “A Raisin in the Sun.’’ A skilled ensemble ensures that the play registers with full force. Through April 6. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts.
Don Aucoin

THE IRISH . . . AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY Frank McCourt’s celebration, through story and song, of the Irish-American experience and a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life. Through April 28. At Davis Square Theatre, Somerville. 800-660-8462,
Terry Byrne


DANCE PROGRAM SPRING PERFORMANCE One of the highlights of dance study at Harvard is the opportunity to perform newly commissioned works by top-notch choreographers. This showcase features student dancers in original creations by program director Jill Johnson, Gallim Dance artistic director Andrea Miller (formerly of Batsheva), and Morphoses 2012 resident artistic director Pontus Lidberg. March 28-30, 8 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and students. Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St., Cambridge.


THE GREAT BURLESQUE EXHIBITION Burlesque fans are treated to a whole weekend of bump, grind, shake, and shimmy with this seventh annual festival presented by Boston Babydolls. Each night offers a different showcase performance, with Saturday evening’s “The Main Event” a competition among burlesque dancers from six countries. March 29-31. $15-$50. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge. 617-862-2000,

VERSUS This competition/workshop by Unyted Stylz Productions puts you right in the middle of a smackdown between choreographers Joe Dreeszen and Adam Berman, each of whom creates and teaches a brand-new routine on the spot, to a mystery song. They entrust the participants with deciding which one most rocks the house. March 30, noon-3 p.m. $25. Dance Complex, Cambridge.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Dust off your dancing shoes and warm up your pipes — Everett’s weekly mash-up of improvised dance, song, and comedy gets the audience in on the action. A recurring highlight is the “on-the-spot musical,” featuring live music by Bertrand Laurence. All ages welcome. March 29, 7 p.m. $5. Everett Stage, 9 Duncan Ave., Providence. 401-831-9479, Karen Campbell


ANN PIBAL: LOS DOS Pibal’s small paintings often begin with a single field of color. Then, using tape, she adds straight lines, lending each work a crisp, geometric language. Gestural brushstrokes often soften her paintings and deepen the nuances. Through May 4. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265,


SUSPENDED CITY: L’AQUILA AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE OF 2009 Four years ago, a temblor hit the medieval Italian city of L’Aquila, destroying most of the city center. Photographer Michele Nastasi recorded the devastation, interventions, and obstructions that followed. Through April 18. Wolk Gallery, MIT School of Architecture + Planning, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-258-9106,

3D SMALL WORKS SALON 2013 A collector and assembler of odd bits for some of her own work, artist Annette Lemieux is the intriguing juror of this group show, which features artworks no more than a foot square. Through May 24. Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts, 20A Sacramento St., Cambridge. 617-349-6287, Cate McQuaid


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,

ANDERS ZORN: A EUROPEAN ARTIST SEDUCES AMERICA A small but stellar show of paintings, etchings, and watercolors by the great Swedish artist, who was a contemporary of John Singer Sargent and friend of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Through May 13. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617 566 1401,

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, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

EDWARDIAN OPULENCE: BRITISH ART AT THE DAWN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY A survey of British art that deepens our idea of a period that serves, rather thinly, as the backdrop to “Downton
Abbey.” Yale Center for British Art, New
Haven, 877-274-8278,

Sebastian Smee

Nature lovers

THE ROMANTICS Three artists make work driven by nature and a longing for a simpler time. Painter Gail Boyajian’s pastoral scenes show hints of industry; Danielle Mourning re-creates in video the lives of her grandmothers; Amy Ross’s botanical illustrations sweetly depict mutants. Pictured: Boyajian’s “Chipping Sparrow With Dawn Landscape.” Through April 13. Drive-By Projects,
81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255,

Cate McQuaid