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Critics’ picks: Theater

Christina Applegate

PINKALICIOUS A silly little fable is transformed into a charming musical (above) in the hands of director Mary G. Guaraldi and her talented troupe. Elizabeth and Victoria Kann’s series of picture books follow the adventures of a little girl whose single-minded determination gets her into all sorts of colorful trouble. A joyful sense of curiosity and exploration combine with some peppy tunes for a musical that celebrates family and moderation without getting bogged down by sentimentality.  Through Feb. 2. Boston Children’s Theatre, at Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-424-6634, ext. 222, www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.

TERRY BYRNE

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WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SOUTHWEST AFRICA, FROM THE GERMAN SUDWEST-AFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884-1915  A powerfully unsettling production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s drama, directed by Summer L. Williams, about a group of actors rehearsing a “presentation’’ about Germany’s merciless slaughter of the Herero people, seen as the first genocide of the 20th century. On a small, personal, and chilling scale, the production illustrates the ways that one segment of a population can be denied their humanity because another segment has lost their own.  Through Feb. 1. ArtsEmerson and Company One Theatre, at Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Emerson/Paramount Center. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

VENUS IN FUR  David Ives’s psychosexual pas de deux is brought to spellbinding life by Andrea Syglowski as a mysterious actress auditioning for a part in a new play and Chris Kipiniak as an arrogant playwright-director who is in for a few surprises. Directed by Daniel Goldstein. Through Feb. 2. Huntington Theatre Company, at Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

THE COLOR PURPLE  Director Paul Daigneault brings his usual vitality and dexterity to this musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s story about a woman who somehow emerges with her identity and spirit intact despite years of abuse. The strong cast includes Lovely Hoffman as Celie, Maurice Emmanuel Parent as Mister, and Crystin Gilmore as Shug Avery. Through Feb. 8. Speak-Easy Stage Company, at Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

DON AUCOIN

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