GREEN EYES As a play, this brief one-act by Tennessee Williams amounts to not much more than a fragment of an idea. But as an experience, it is something special, largely due to a spellbinding performance by Erin Markey as a newlywed who engages in erotic and psychological combat with her husband (an intense Alan Brincks), a war-traumatized soldier convinced she cheated on him the night before. Extended through Feb. 26. Coproduction by Company One and the Kindness. At Ames Hotel, Boston. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com
THE WIZARD OF OZ With its combination of freshness and familiarity, and a charming cast ably directed by James P. Byrne, this production is a perfect way to introduce children to the pleasures of live theater. Through Feb. 26. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org
CALVIN’S MONSTER In this high-energy musical, a boy faces down his fears with the help of the fairy-tale characters he summons in the library. Adapted and directed by Burgess Clark, with a talented cast and a toe-tapping score by Jesse Soursourian and Austin Davy. Through Feb. 12. Presented by Boston Children’s Theatre. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. 617-424-6634, www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org
UNDERLAND Stephen Petronio’s provocative 2003 work surely bears the scars of 9/11 as it transports the talented dancers of his company to a dark, often fiery place before flickering with redemption. Set to the bittersweet, slightly gothic songs of Nick Cave, the work unfolds before a three-panel screen of projected video imagery. World Music/CRASHarts presents the work’s Boston premiere. Feb. 10-12. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
SIMPLY SUBLIME Boston Ballet’s spring season opener combines the world premiere of Florence Clerc’s staging of Michel Fokine’s romantic classic “Les Sylphides’’ with George Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements,’’ a boldly architectural work for large ensemble set to a rousing score by Stravinsky. In between is Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia,’’ a playfully inventive romp for four couples. Feb. 9-19. $25-$137. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org
CLASSICAL LOVERS Just in time for Valentine’s Day, José Mateo Ballet Theatre opens a program featuring three of the choreographer’s more romantically inclined works: the lighthearted “Courtly Lovers’’ (2003), set to Haydn’s charming “Surprise’’ Symphony; the breezy, playful “Back to Bach’’ (2002), and the elegant “Schubert Adagio’’ (1991). Feb. 10-26. $38. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org
CONTRAPOSE DANCE A program called “groundwork,’’ the finale of the company’s residency at Boston Center for the Arts, includes the Boston premiere of “Potemkin Piece,’’ a lyrical quartet by New York choreographer Sydney Skybetter, a new work by Mariah Steele, and artistic director Courtney Peix’s “Ground,’’ in which the choreographer explores the frustration of repetition on the way to resolution. Feb. 10-11. $15. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bcaonline.org
WILLIAM CORDOVA: THIS ONE’S 4U (PA’ NOSOTROS) The Peruvian-born artist presents works in several media that displace historical narratives with new meaning, inserting them into contemporary contexts. His materials - discarded paper, reclaimed wood - reflect the temporality of his subjects. Through April 15. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts. 551 Tremont St. 617-426-8835, www.bcaonline.org
EDIFICE AMISS: CONSTRUCTING NEW PERSPECTIVES Artists David Henderson, Lead Pencil Studio, and Esther Stocker reinvent the ways in which we experience space. They manipulate scale, appropriate familiar motifs, and redefine spatial relationships. Through March 3. Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. www.massart.edu
RANDOM ACCESS: DATA AS ART These artists plot information toward striking visual outcomes. Data on home foreclosures, meteorology, and more is translated into painting, woven basket sculptures, an interactive installation, and other works. Through March 31. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242, www.montserrat.edu/galleries/montserrat
DAVID PENDERY: THE COVERED ARCADES OF PARIS The photographer uses multiple exposures to capture light, and digitally stitches together images to convey the pedestrian arcades that were commercial and social centers after the French Revolution. Through Feb. 29. French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St. 617-912-0400, www.frenchculturalcenter.org
HISTORIES OF NOW: SIX ARTISTS FROM CAIRO Video and new media work by six artists responding to events in Egypt, one year after the mass protests in Tahrir Square. The show includes a multichannel video installation by the late Ahmed Basiony, who represented Egypt at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Through March 17. 617-267-6100, www.smfa.edu/egypt
SHAPESHIFTING: TRANSFORMATIONS IN NATIVE AMERICAN ART A survey of Native American art, from historical objects to contemporary works. Through April 29. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org
APHRODITE AND THE GODS OF LOVE Drawing on the MFA’s superb Greek and Roman collections, as well as nine first-rate loans from Italy, this show explores the role of Aphrodite and her amorous offspring in around 150 exquisite objects. Through Feb. 20. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org.
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE AMERICAN SCENE, 1929-1945 Exploring the role of African-Americans in the visual and performing arts during the Great Depression and World War II, the show includes work by Thomas Hart Benton, Walker Evans, Samuel Brown, and Jacob Lawrence, among many others. Through April 22. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu.