Arts

Week ahead: Theater, Arts

Peter Goldberg

‘Hedda’ games

HEDDA GABLER It’s worth the journey down I-95 to see Marianna Bassham’s mesmerizing portrayal of one of Henrik Ibsen’s thorniest creations. Bassham’s Hedda is a compound of steely calculation, flashes of contrition, and sudden impulses that seem to take even her by surprise. Adapted and directed with concentrated force by the rigorously intelligent, reliably inventive Tony Estrella. Through Nov. 30. Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Pawtucket, R.I. 401-723-4266, www.gammtheatre.org

DON AUCOIN

DON AUCOIN

THEATER

BAD JEWS Alison McCartan and Victor L. Shopov excel as a pair of cousins whose competition for a precious family heirloom escalates into a battle over questions of Jewish culture, identity, and faith. Joshua Harmon’s dark comedy is skillfully directed by Rebecca Bradshaw. Through Nov. 29. SpeakEasy Stage Company, at Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

DON AUCOIN

DON AUCOIN

ANNIE A 9-year-old actress by the wonderful name of Issie Swickle will sing her way into your heart in a new touring production of the Broadway evergreen, directed by lyricist Martin Charnin, who helmed the original “Annie” on Broadway. Lynn Andrews plays a curvy, full-voiced Miss Hannigan with comic gusto. Through Nov. 16. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, Boston. 800-982-2787, www.citicenter.org

JOEL BROWN

JOEL BROWN

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THE DISPLACED HINDU GODS TRILOGY Aditi Brennan Kapil displaces the Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva to America and makes them female (well, 2½ of them) in this trilogy of plays that rank high for humor and imagination. The humor can be a little hollow in the stand-up show “Brahman/i,” and “Shiv” occasionally gets stuck in its own apparent autobiography, but “The Chronicles of Kalki” is tough, funny, and graced by four exceptionally spontaneous actors. All worthwhile, but if you’re seeing just one, “Kalki” is it. Through Nov. 22. Company One Theatre, at Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org

JEFFREY GANTZ

JEFFREY GANTZ

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A DISAPPEARING NUMBER This piece by the London-based troupe Complicite is devised theater working at a very high level, convincingly rendered here in this local production. The time-shifting experiment in form is nominally about a pair of influential mathematicians and their latter-day admirer, but it is really a tone poem, a non-linear collage of images, sounds, ideas, motivic conceits, and mere shards of narrative. It’s not a ripping yarn, but audience members willing to be immersed in its brainy dream-logic will be rewarded. Through Nov. 16. Underground Railway Theater, at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org

JEREMY GOODWIN

JEREMY GOODWIN

Making waves

HOVERDIVE The Okeanos Collective (choreographer Courtney Peix, composer Amber Vistein, scientist Larry Pratt, and costume designer Jennifer Varekamp) and Contrapose Dance present the world premiere of an evening-length multimedia dance project that uses principals of fluid dynamics to explore the rich complexities of ocean life, from bioluminescence to the effects of climate change. Nov. 14-15, $20-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500, www.okeanoscollective.com

Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell

DANCE

LOOK UP Choreographer Jill Johnson, the director of Harvard’s dance program, calls her new dance installation “an analog antidote to digital overload.” Created for the school’s dance students, the interactive work unfolds over the course of two hours, but audience members are encouraged to come and go at will, freely moving around the space for a variety of perspectives. Through Nov. 15. $5-$10. 617-495-8683, dance@fas.harvard.edu

DIVERSITY IN MOVEMENT Penumbra:Exchange presents this evening of dance by emerging Boston-area choreographers of color. Participants include Terina-Jasmine Alladin and Gabriela Silva, Wisty Andres, Chavi Bansal, Darnell “Snoopy” Brown, Eugenia Kim, Mai Telesford, Chun-jou Tsai, and Brian Washburn. Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., $8-$10. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. www.penumbrarme.org/events

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IDENTIFIED MOVING OBJECTS One of the Dance Complex’s recent initiatives is the aMaSSiT (“make it, share it, show it”) Mentoring Lab. This concert presents pieces by choreographers from the program as well as Dance Complex teaching artists’ student repertory classes, with some surprises promised as well. Nov. 15-16. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES

CRAIG DRENNEN: POET & AWFUL
Drennen is methodically working through Shakespeare’s little known “Timon of Athens,” making paintings about each character. This show conflates painting, literature, and basketball, all questionable paths to glory. It focuses on Poet, the play’s first speaking role. Through Dec. 14. Samson, 450 Harrison Ave.
617-357-7177, www.samsonprojects.com

CRAFT & MODERNITY: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN ARTISTS IN BOSTON (1890-1920) From decorative ceramics to pictorialist photos, this show examines the seedbed in Boston a century ago for commercial arts and crafts made by women. Through Dec. 19. Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329, www.bu.edu/art

COMFORTABLE CONTROL: VULNERABILITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Digital technology has wheedled its way into our social lives, fantasy worlds, and bedrooms. This group show explores the familiarity our tools have with our inner lives, and the mixed blessings that result. Through Dec. 21. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710, www.bostoncyberarts.org

CLARA LIEU: EMERGE Lieu makes 3-D work as a basis for drawings, prints, and photos. In her elegant, volatile large-scale prints and drawings, figures struggle, monsters lurk, and a mythic tale unfolds. Through Dec. 16. Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway. 617-521-2268, www.simmons.edu/trustman/exhibits

CATE McQUAID

CATE McQUAID

MUSEUMS

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GOYA: ORDER AND DISORDER Organized by theme, this exhibition explores the full range of the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s prodigious output in paintings, prints, and drawings. Centered on the MFA’s deep collection of Goya works on paper, the exhibit includes major loans from the Prado, the Uffizi, the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum. Through Jan. 19. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

CALDER AND ABSTRACTION: FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this show will feature more than 40 three-dimensional works by the giant of 20th-century modernism. It will include examples of the kinetic metal works Calder called “mobiles,” and the standing sculptures he called “stabiles.” Through Jan. 4. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.org

(UN)GOVERNED SPACES A collaboration between artist Gregory Thielker and anthropologist Noah Coburn that resulted from studying relations between the US airbase at Bagram and local Afgani communities. Includes a curving, panoramic painting by Thielker. Through Dec. 2. Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5401, usdan.bennington.edu

WALDEN, REVISITED Contemporary artists, including Spencer Finch, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Oscar Palacio respond to the classic work by Henry David Thoreau, “Walden, or Life in the Woods.” Through April 26. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

SEBASTIAN SMEE

SEBASTIAN SMEE

Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe.com.