OBLOMOV A theater where you’re actively encouraged to fall asleep? Or, failing that, to participate in a snoring chorus? Welcome to Oblomovka, ancestral home of Russian napper extraordinaire Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, the fictional subject of Ivan Goncharov’s 1859 novel and now Kevin Rice’s delightfully capricious dramatization. All three actors in the cast are superb as the play unfolds rather like a dream. Pictured: Michael Pemberton, Michael Samuel Kaplan, and Valerie Stanford.
Through Sept. 22. At Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet. 508-349-9428, www.what.org
STICKS AND BONES In a mesmerizing production by Lewis D. Wheeler, David Rabe’s drama does not feel the least bit dated, its roots in Vietnam War-era fury and disillusion notwithstanding. This fierce and unsettling work, which won the 1972 Tony Award for best play, resonates at a time when soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, trying to reacclimate to civilian life and explain things to their loved ones that might be hard to put into words. Through Sept. 8. At Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-349-6800, www.harborstage.org
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME A screening of the current world-premiere production at the National Theatre in London. Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel is directed by Marianne Elliott, who codirected “War Horse.’’ The broadcast kicks off the fourth season of the National Theatre Live series. Sept. 6 and 18 at 7 p.m. At Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline.
SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF We’ve all seen them: so-called bio-plays that muster the known facts of a subject’s life so superficially, you’d be better off just consulting Wikipedia. Terry Teachout’s impassioned portrait of jazz pioneer Louis (“Satchmo”) Armstrong goes deep. This is a true play. It’s shaped; it has forward motion. It also has the extraordinary John Douglas Thompson in a tour de force performance. Through Sept. 16. At Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. 413-637-3353,
CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL!!! Based on NPR’s popular call-in program, this show might seem an unlikely proposition. But with the help of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who contributed their voices to the project, Wesley Savick has cobbled a wacky plot, clever song parodies, the brothers’ trademark outrageous puns, and a fine cast into a production that’s running like a top. Through Sept. 16. Presented by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquare
ANIMUS Fusion belly dancer Zehara Nachash presents 15 New England performers in this collectively created glimpse into a mysterious Neolithic world in which the lives of spirits intertwine with ordinary folk. Proceeds partially benefit the wolf preservation and education organization Wolf Hollow. Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m. $20, $15 in advance. Cambridge YMCA Theatre, Cambridge.
THE OPEN STAGE This monthly event, a showcase for the emerging talents of young, local performers, features hip-hop troupe Case Closed! Go just to watch, or to participate: Ambitious youths can sign up before the show for a five-minute turn in the spotlight. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $5. Everett Stage,
9 Duncan Ave., Providence. 401-831-9479,
DANCE2SAVE The organization’s third annual benefit concert promises to be a varied evening of dance by local companies performing new and recent works. Proceeds go to Maine’s Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses. Sept. 8, 8 p.m. $20. Boston University Dance Theater. 781-413-4916, www.brownpapertickets
EVENING IN EGYPT Dancer Khadija (real name Katrina Valenzuela) performs and teaches Middle Eastern dance and culture. For this evening showcase, she and her company, Troupe Isis, evoke the colors, textures, and moves of Egypt. Sept. 8, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cape Cod Chat House, Dennis. 508-694-7187, www.capecod
For her pictures of sound, Bitner prowls through old music halls, studios, and concert arenas with her camera to capture the sites of performances of 20th-century legends, from Buddy Holly to Frank Sinatra. Sept. 7-Oct. 23. Howard Yezerski Gallery,
460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550, www.howardyezerski
LOVER'S EYES II — THE GAZE OF DESIRE
Who is the object of desire, and who the subject? Vevers paints individual male eyes — shy, sad, confrontational, welcoming — found in works of art from the past 500 years. Through Sept. 20. Albert Merola Gallery, 424 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4424, www.albertmerola
Chervinsky photographs still lifes, and sends portions of the images to a painting factory in China. He inserts the resulting canvases into the display, and photographs it again, exploring gulfs between places, mediums, and sometimes unwitting collaborators. Through Oct. 9. Ellen Miller Gallery, 38 Newbury St. 617-536-4650,
PAUL KLEE: PHILOSOPHICAL VISION; FROM NATURE TO ART Exploring the philosophy of the great European modernist as expressed in his art. Through Dec. 9. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College.
JULIANNE SWARTZ: HOW DEEP IS YOUR Inventive, poetic, and witty installations and sculpture that play with perception. Through Dec. 30. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org
ORI GERSHT: HISTORY REPEATING An exhibition of large-scale photographs and film dealing with history and violence by the contemporary Israeli artist. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
ANSEL ADAMS: AT THE WATER’S EDGE Famous and lesser known photographs of water in all its various forms by the celebrated American photographer. Through Oct. 8. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 866-745-1876, www.pem.org
All that glitters
The luscious brushwork and hands-on aesthetic of the so-called action painters of the mid-20th century drive much of the work in this contemporary show, including ceramics by Nicole Cherubini and a glittering floor piece by Polly Apfelbaum (pictured).
Sept. 7-Oct. 21. Boston University Art Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,