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Ksenia Kutepova and Alexey Kolubkov in Tolstoy’s 

“Family Happiness.”
A. Sergeev
Ksenia Kutepova and Alexey Kolubkov in Tolstoy’s “Family Happiness.”


May-December romance

Masha, 17, marries Sergey, 36, in Tolstoy’s “Family Happiness.” And since it’s Tolstoy, there’s trouble in paradise when the former gets bored. Performed in Russian with English subtitles by Theatre-Atelier Piotr Fomenko. Pictured: Ksenia Kutepova and Alexey Kolubkov. Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. (Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.). $45-$125, 20 percent student discount when purchased in person (recommended for ages 12 and older). Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8400.


Writing what he knows “Angela’s Ashes” author Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn but raised in Limerick, Ireland. Through humor and personal experience, the late Pulitzer-winning writer’s “The Irish and How They Got That Way” is a look at his Irish-American experience through songs including “Danny Boy” and music from U2. 7:30 p.m. (through March 17). $39-$42. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 800-660-8462.

Ship to shore The SS United States was a dream come true for William Francis Gibbs, considered America’s best naval architect in the ’40s and ’50s. In his book “A Man and His Ship: America’s Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States,” Harvard alum Steven Ujifusa tells us about the man who had to drop out of Harvard when his family lost its fortune. Noon. Free. Boston Athenaeum, 10½Beacon St., Boston. 617-227-0270.


Below the surface This artistic foursome shares an artistic threesome of “loyalty to abstraction, a connection to process, and a personal relationship to color.” Paintings by Adria Arch, Ron Brunelle, Jessie Morgan, and Diane Novetsky are on view at “Surface Matters.” Thurs-Sat noon-5 p.m. through March 2 (reception Jan. 27 2-5 p.m.). Free. Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. 617-776-3410.


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Reverence for a reverend Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and other music mavens owe a lot to Reverend Gary Davis who left his mark on blues, ragtime, and gospel music. The documentary “Harlem Street Singer” is followed by performances by Woody Mann, Paul Rishell, and Annie Raines. Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. $20, $10 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103.

Quite a sting In Douglas Carter Beane’s comedy “As Bees in Honey Drown,” Alexa Vere de Vere cons her victims out of money by promising them fame. F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company presents deception, fraud, embezzlement, sexual politics, elusive fame, amoral women, sitting-duck men, and revenge. Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. (through Jan. 27). $26, $21 students and seniors. Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 671-945-0773.


Home sweet home Winter is the perfect time to focus on your digs. Get tips, attend lectures, shop, and watch demonstrations by the pros at the Boston Home Show. Bargains await at the Boston Design Center’s Red Tag Sale (1 Design Center Pl., Boston). Jan. 26 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Jan. 27 until 5 p.m.). $10. Black Falcon Pier, 1 Black Falcon Ave., Boston. 800-533-0229.