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The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

David Rosenberg

Giving rise to a premiere

STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY With compelling visuals, intriguing costumes, an original score by Son Lux, and movement that is both poetic and rigorously athletic, the company’s most recent work, “Like Lazarus Did,” explores the mythologies of resurrection and rebirth. World Music/CRASHarts presents this Boston premiere. Nov. 15-17, $50. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Theater

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WATER BY THE SPOONFUL A moving and well-acted production, directed by Scott Edmiston, of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Pulitzer-winning drama about a veteran of the Iraq war, his newly divorced cousin, and a quartet of recovering crack addicts in an online chat room. All of them are struggling to find their footing, and all of them receive the playwright’s compassion. Through Nov. 16. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

DON AUCOIN

WINDOWMEN Steven Barkhimer wrote this gritty, funny look back at his days working in New York’s Fulton Fish Market. It stars Alex Pollock, Will Lyman, and new-to-Boston Brandon Whitehead. Through Nov. 24. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111, www.bostonplaywrights.org

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SPLENDOR Acclaimed local playwright Kirsten Greenidge returns to the fictional Boston suburb of Bellington, where she set her last play, “The Luck of the Irish.” The play follows a large cast of characters over four decades, as high-school romances, tragedies, and resentments echo down the years. The ambitious and sometimes unwieldy play touches on race, class, and gender roles. Through Nov. 16. Company One. Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org

JOEL BROWN

THE TURN OF THE SCREW Staged in two Victorian mansions — the Gibson House Museum in the Back Bay and the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast in Jamaica Plain — this haunting production takes terrific advantage of Jeffrey Hatcher’s spare adaptation of Henry James’s tale. Director M. Bevin O’Gara effectively uses every inch of the tight playing space, suggesting eerie possibilities just out of sight. Through Nov. 23. Simple Machine. www.simplemachinetheatre.com

THE NORMAL HEART Nearly 30 years after Larry Kramer’s play became a rallying cry in the fight against AIDS, this production captures both the fury and heartbreak of this powerful drama. Much of the credit for the impact of this production goes to director and designer David J. Miller’s vision, which embraces the play’s polemics and its very personal love story. Ultimately, this production reminds us of the devastating impact of AIDS and the vital importance of speaking up and being heard. Through Nov. 23. Zeitgeist Stage Company, Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.zeitgeiststage.com

THE HOBBIT Matthew T. Lazure’s creative costumes and elegant, two-tiered set stand out as the stars of this charming production. Lazure doesn’t need the film’s elaborate computer-generated animation, because he includes just the right elements to spark the imagination and create the right mood for Bilbo Baggins’s unexpected adventure. Andrew Barbato offers a pitch-perfect performance as Bilbo, allowing us to watch the fussy, nervous homebody grow in self-confidence as the adventure unfolds, while Stephen Benson is a remarkably agile and suggestively slimy Gollum. Through Nov. 24. Wheelock Family Theatre. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

TERRY BYRNE

Dance

BODY MUSIC IN BOSTON Using claps, slaps, stomps, and snaps, the human body is the world’s oldest instrument, creating a kind of dance that makes its own music. On Nov. 16-20, Wellesley College welcomes 10 artists from the 2013 International Body Music Festival for five days of performances and workshops. The opening concert features artists from Brazil, Bali, Spain, and the US. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Free (reservations recommended, Isabel.fine@wellesley.edu). Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2028, www.wellesley.edu/music/concertseries

THE SUN QUEEN Urbanity Dance’s new interactive dance drama traces the fictional evolution of a new dance legend in the making with performances that range over six different locations in the South End, taking the audience along on the journey. Nov. 14-17, $24. Urbanity Dance, 280 Shawmut Ave. 617-572-3727, www.brownpapertickets.com

NEW WORKS FALL 2013 Tyler Catanella, Pampi, Audrey MacLean, and Katie McGrail are the recipients of Green Street Studios’ six-week emerging choreographers dance residency, and this concert showcases their creative output under the mentorship of professional dancer/choreographers Annie Kloppenberg and Jimena Bermejo-Black. The concert promises work that ranges from “contemporary temple dance to hip-hop fusion to performance art.” Nov. 15-16, $10-$17. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191, www.brownpapertickets.com

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

THE COUNTRY BETWEEN US
Using laser cut panels, video projection, deconstructed canvases, and more, Resa Blatman, Ariel Freiberg, Susan Still Scott, and Zsuzsanna Varga Szegedi attempt to rupture the traditional bounds of painting. They call it a political act. Through Dec. 20. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville. 617-964-3424, www.newartcenter.org

JOYCE J. SCOTT Scott, who comes from a line of artists and storytellers, infuses her complex woven beadwork with humor. She doesn’t shy from hot-button issues. Working with figures and decorative flourishes, she’s a master of glass’s reflective and translucent properties. Through Nov. 30. Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge. 617-876-2109, www.mobilia-gallery.com

ANDREW MOWBRAY: ANOTHER UTOPIA The conceptual artist employs molded lagenaria gourds, often used as birdhouses, to investigate domesticity (a stereotypically feminine realm), which he balances against notions of architecture, monumentality, and, implicitly, masculinity. Through Dec. 21. LaMontagne Gallery, 555 East Second St., South Boston. 617-464-4640, www.lamontagnegallery.com

CATE MCQUAID

Museums

IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE
WATER
Sixty paintings, works on paper, models, and small craft explore the affinity of French Impressionists such as Monet, Sisley, Caillebotte, and Renoir for boating and the water. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Through Feb. 17. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.org

FIRED EARTH, WOVEN BAMBOO Around 60 contemporary Japanese ceramics and baskets from the Snider collection, recently given to the MFA. Through Sept. 8. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

AMY SILLMAN: ONE LUMP OR TWO The brilliant and restlessly inventive New York-based artist’s first museum solo show. Paintings, works on paper, cartoons, and animated drawings. Through Jan. 5. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.0rg

2013 PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART BIENNIAL: PIECE WORK Thirty artists, most of them resident in Maine, show work that emphasizes process and time-
intensive labor. Through Jan. 5. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

SEBASTIAN SMEE

Benny Merris’s “An Other Another.’’

Form of obsession

ELEMENTS, RUDIMENTS, AND PRINCIPLES Call it spirit streamed through form and ritual. The artists in this group exhibit share an obsessive approach to making their work as they strive to depict the intangible. Through Dec. 20. Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329, www.bu.edu/art

CATE MCQUAID

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