It’s put up or shut up time for Saint Genet, their detractors, and their defenders. For years, company member Ryan Mitchell has said he wants to make a work not in a theater but on a city. Now is the time. The company has been working for years on Paradisiacal Rites, an “opera” that just had its trial run in Austria and promises, Dante-like, to descend into seriously ugly shit in an attempt to find paradise. Their dramaturgy has included ballet, cults, gold leaf, leeches, shooting each other with BB guns, nitrous oxide, and a rigorous investigation of criminal-artist Jean Genet and his hagiographer Jean-Paul Sartre. Frankly, I’m a little worried. (On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, ontheboards.org, 8 pm, $20, May 16–19)

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