Boston-area to do list

Nerys Powell


Lost in translation

Life can get a little wild and crazy when you don’t speak the language. American entrepreneur Daniel Cavanaugh learns this the funny way when he travels to China looking to close a lucrative business deal. His fictional adventures are the subject of Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang's “Chinglish.” Despite the English consultant Cavanaugh hires to navigate unfamliar terrain, linguistic and cultural misunderstandings abound in the comedy, which Time Magazine named one of the 10 best plays of 2011. Larry Coen directs the Lyric Stage production. Nov. 30-Dec. 23. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sat-Sun
3 p.m. Matinees 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 19. $25-$58, $10 student rush. Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston.


It’s Christmastime in the city Would you like a Christmas tree decorated by Mayor Menino or the Boston Celtics? If the answer is yes, bid on a pair of decked out trees at the Christmas in the City Kick-Off & Celebrity Holiday Tree Auction to benefit needy families. Bring something special for the organization’s toy drive, too. Nov. 29, 6-9 p.m. $20. Seaport Hotel lobby, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston.

All the world’s a stage The personal and professional intertwine for one acting couple in John Kolvenbach’s “Half ’n Half ’n Half.” Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of the comedy about life behind the scenes in a repertory company. Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. $5 night. Through Dec. 23, tickets from $20. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678,


Boldly go Trekkies, engage. Get to the movie theater for “Star Trek: The Next Generation — A Celebration of Season 2.” The one-night-only event features two remastered episodes (“Q Who?” and “The Measure of a Man”) with 13 minutes of fresh content, new interviews with cast members, and more. Nov. 29, 7 p.m. $12.50. Fenway 13, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. See website for complete list of locations.

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Talking art Seven area artists who are part of a monthly critique group present their work in “Artists Talk About Art.” Their feedback is part of a discussion panel to be presented at the opening reception. Nov. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception. Through Jan. 4. Tues-Sun, noon-6 p.m. Free. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100, www.arsenal


Busy as an elf For the third and last year, Shakespeare & Company presents David Sedaris’s one-man Christmas show “The Santaland Diaries.” This year’s edition stars David Joseph Hansen. Nov. 30-Dec. 1,
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 30. $15-$50. Production supports Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox.


Avenue of art The 19th-century brick industrial building that houses the Vernon Street artists will be bustling during the annual Vernon Street Open Studios. Step into the workspaces of mid-career and emerging artists, and check out painting, photography, prints, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Dec. 1-2, noon-6 p.m. Free. 6 & 20 Vernon St., Somerville.