Theater & art

The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

Fernadina Chan rehearsed with her former student, Joseph Gonzales of Prometheus Dance. The duet by choreographer Adriane Brayton will be performed in the annual Across The Ages Dance Project's show.
Jim McCalmont
Fernadina Chan rehearsed with her former student, Joseph Gonzales of Prometheus Dance. The duet by choreographer Adriane Brayton will be performed in the annual Across The Ages Dance Project's show.

Time dances on

ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT Eliza Mallouk and Marci Mitler are the producers of this third annual multigenerational concert, featuring choreography by Adriane Brayton, Peter DiMuro, Kathy Hassinger, Margot Parsons, Susan Seidman, and Jody Weber. May 31-June 2. $20, $15 seniors and students. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191,

Karen Campbell


DISTRACTED In a narrow sense, Lisa Loomer’s play is about a couple’s frantic attempts to find the right treatment for their young son after he is diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. But the playwright has broader satiric points to make about a more generalized form of cultural ADD, stemming from our fixation on the screens that surround us. Directed by Wesley Savick, with Stacy Fischer the standout in a fine cast. Extended through June 9. Underground Railway Theater and Catalyst Collaborative@MIT. Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

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 9. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678,



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. Extended through June 30. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



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NAVARASA DANCE THEATER To showcase the fruits of its Boston Center for the Arts residency, this always intriguing troupe unveils new works by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda, including “My Dear Muddu Palani,” which examines how different cultures view sensuality and the female body. May 31-June 1. $15. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

TRANSITIONS — AN EVENING OF TAP DANCE Tall and talented up-and-comer Ryan Casey (a founding member of Dorrance Dance/New York) shows and tells his triumphs and travails in this evening of tap blended with hip-hop, comedy, poetry, and confession. Kelly Kaleta (“Imagine Tap!”) guests. June 1, 8 p.m. $16 in advance, $20 at the door. The Dance Hall, 7 Walker St., Kittery, Maine. 207-703-2083,

TO BUENOS AIRES WITH LOVE: TANGOS AND MORE Dancers Nuria Martinez and Armando Orzuza (a principal dancer in the Robert Duvall film “Assassination Tango”) help the Chamber Orchestra of Boston explore the passion and power of the Argentine tango in this evening of music, dance, and post-performance tapas. June 5, 7:30 p.m., $10-$45. First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St. 617-266-1626,

Karen Campbell


MICHAEL MAZUR: ROCKS, WATER, AND REFLECTIONS ON PROVINCETOWN Prints and paintings, some never before exhibited, by this late dean of Boston and Provincetown artists, who died in 2009. Don’t miss Mazur’s shimmery woodcuts: water, light, and wood grain. Through June 20. Albert Merola Gallery, 424 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4424,


SARAH A. SMITH: GOLD LEAF DRAWINGS & SCULPTURES Gold reads as glory or luxury. Tarnished gold hints at loss, even shame. Smith makes her images of nature with imitation gold leaf, scarred by a corrosive: Have we sullied our resources? Through June 15. Beth Urdang Gallery, 129 Newbury St. 781-264-1121,

ERIC ZENER Employing a hyperrealist’s brush, Zener paints scenes that touch on everyday surrealism — most often, the dreamy quality of swimming. Freed from gravity, caressed by light, his swimmers seem to abandon strife as they surrender to their watery environs. Through June 8. Lanoue Fine Art, 125 Newbury St. 617-262-4400.

PATRICIA SARRAFIAN WARD: RE/VISION Ward hit writer’s block when she was working on a novel. Her solution: To shred a copy. The act opened a new creative vent, and Ward became a book artist. Her interactive installation celebrates how chaos leads to invention. Through June 20. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge.



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,

SAMURAI! Japanese armor worn by shoguns, or warlords, from the 12th to the 19th centuries, from a respected Texan private collection. Through Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,


ED RUSCHA: STANDARD More than 70 works, including painting and film, from across the career of the acclaimed West Coast artist. Works drawn from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where the show originated, are complemented by work from the Rose’s collection. Through June 9. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,


Fine & dandy

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,