Upcoming arts events around Boston

Liza Voll

Haunting ‘Tiger’

BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO A tiger is pursued by existential questions through a restless afterlife, even as he haunts the US Marine who killed him. Meanwhile, an Iraqi translator must cope with the invading Americans’ arrogant treatment, the ghost of Uday Hussein, and his own guilt about a horrific prewar episode. Director Shawn LaCount and his fine cast illuminate playwright Rajiv Joseph’s bleak and unsettling vision, occasionally pierced by mordant humor. Pictured: Rick Park. Through Nov. 17. Company One. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,


TED HUGHES’ TALES FROM OVID A work as inventive, audacious, and vital as the company that created it. Whistler in the Dark Theatre has adapted Hughes’s translations from “Metamorphoses’’ into an original new shape, and the result should be seen by anyone who wants to watch boundary-stretching theater artistry in action. Directed by Meg Taintor. Through Nov. 18. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center. 617-824-8400,

THE SUSSMAN VARIATIONS A Broadway composer is about to turn 75, and his two adult children have brought plenty of emotional baggage to the party. Playwright Richard Schotter doesn’t break much new ground, but he is perceptive about the push and pull of family relationships, that complex minuet in which power struggles surface out of nowhere and patterns of behavior are replicated from generation to generation. Directed by Jeff Zinn. Through Nov. 18. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111, www.bostonplaywrights

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BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Rough, rude, fast, loud, and irreverent, this musical satire by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman is to standard presidential biography as a punch in the nose is to afternoon tea. As portrayed with all-out gusto by Gus Curry, Old Hickory is driven by testosterone and an adolescent I’ll-show-’em ambition, not by any grand vision or abundance of smarts. A superb set by Eric Levenson creates a visual correlative to the frontier sensibility and vanity of the title character. Through Nov. 17. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage

THE CHOSEN Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from Potok’s 1967 novel, this play flashes back to 1940s Brooklyn, where two Jewish teenagers — Danny, who’s Hasidic, and Reuven, who’s not — become best friends and try to remain so as World War II ends, the enormity of the Holocaust is revealed, the new state of Israel emerges, and their fathers take opposite positions. The play is about growing up and overcoming differences, but it’s also about learning to listen, and this production encourages us to do just that. Through Nov. 17. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678,

MEMORY HOUSE What is it about baking a pie that strikes such a visceral chord? There’s an exactness to the art that playwright Kathleen Tolan transforms into a powerful metaphor in this dance of negotiation and connection between a recently divorced mother and her teenage daughter. Crisply directed by Melia Bensussen. Through Nov. 18. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell. 978-654-4678,


KYLE ABRAHAM/ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION For their Boston debut, the award-winning choreographer and his company present his popular breakout work “The Radio Show.” The piece is about loss of communication, inspired by the closure of a beloved urban-format radio station in Abraham’s native Pittsburgh and the aphasia of his father, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Presented by WorldMusic/CRASHarts. Nov. 16-17. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,

BOSTON TAP COMPANY The feet have the beat as Sean Fielder’s spirited young troupe celebrates five years of advocating unity and education through dance with “Rhythm in the Night.” The show also features spoken-word artist Louna Love and a mixed bill of special guests, including Lil Phunk, Contemporarily Out of Order, Hands Down Tap Project, Stajez Dance Company, and Christopher Scott. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. $25. Mainstage Theater, Roxbury Community College. 857-615-8543,

ANNIE KLOPPENBURG & COMPANY Old and new works will grace the stage in this 10th-anniversary concert. Anticipated highlights include a new duet performed by Kloppenberg and Kendra Portier of David Dorfman Dance, last year’s “Expert Witness,” with an original sound score by Bessie Award winner Albert Mathias, and excerpts from “A Simple Form of Matter,” featuring young dancers from Concord Academy, where the work was developed during Summer Stages Dance. Nov. 16-17. $20; $15 seniors, $12 students. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191,

MARIAH STEELE/QUICKSILVER DANCE The company premieres “Epoch Tales,” which explores the scientific process of evolution, imagining how movement may have developed and changed through different eras. The showcase concert also includes a lighthearted work inspired by Frank Sinatra and the spoken text and movement solo, “No Sugar, Please,” inspired by the rich history of tea. Nov. 16-17. $15.Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,


GREGORY GILLESPIE: TRANSFIXED  Gillespie, who died in 2000, made works that ranged from hyper-real paintings to mystical shrines. This show spotlights pieces created from 1995 to 2000, including penetrating self-portraits, allegories, a mandala, and forbidding and fantastical landscapes. Through Dec. 15. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St. 617-267-9060,

AMBREEN BUTT: BEYOND THE IDEAS OF RIGHTNESS AND WRONGNESS THERE IS A FIELD; I’LL MEET YOU THERE  The Pakistani-born artist explores the inevitable polarities prompted by extremism. Through Dec. 22. Carroll and Sons,
450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,

EDWINA SANDYS  The North Shore fine jewelry gallery spotlights splashy drawings and prints by the British artist, best known as a sculptor, who is the granddaughter of Winston Churchill. She employs a graphic, fluid style to investigate feminism and other contemporary issues. Through Jan. 25. Gladstone, 36½ Union St., Manchester-by-the-Sea. 978-704-9410,

BREAKING BARRIERS: THE CERAMIC ART OF JEFF SHAPIRO AND SHIGEMASA HIGASHIDA  Two forces in the ceramics world come together. Shapiro offers up rugged, abstract, wood-fired sculptures, and Higashida employs Oribe, an ethereal Japanese glaze, to bring out the character of his clay. Through Dec. 2. Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord. 978-369-0278,


THIS WILL HAVE BEEN: ART, LOVE, AND POLITICS IN THE 1980S An overview of some of the main currents of art in the 1980s. Through March 3. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.ica

SOL LEWITT: THE WELL-TEMPERED GRID Work from five decades focusing on the importance of the grid to LeWitt’s career, and emphasizing his passion for music – especially Bach. Through Dec. 9. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 413-597-2429,

DOR GUEZ: 100 STEPS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN Photographs and video installations by a contemporary, Jerusalem-born artist exploring the overlooked history of Palestinian Christians in the Middle East. Through Dec. 9. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis

KENNEDY TO KENT STATE: IMAGES OF A GENERATION Archival news photographs from the 1960s that seared themselves into the public imagination. Through Feb. 3. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester.

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