Theater & art

The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

Stephen Schreiber

Poetry in motion

LILITH Anikaya Dance Theater presents Wendy Jehlen's solo show re-envisioning the Jewish mythological figure Lilith through a contemporary lens. Using literary references dating to the epic “Gilgamesh,” Jehlen's interpretation was inspired by Kiki Smith’s sculpture “Lilith,” as well as the poetry of Keith Tornheim. Sept. 12-15, $15-$25. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown.

Karen Campbell



WICKED The hard-to-resist musical about the witches of Oz is back, in a production featuring an excellent performance by Jenn Gambatese as Glinda, Alison Luff in the role of Elphaba, and none other than John Davidson as the Wizard. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. Through Sept. 15. Broadway in Boston. At Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787,


THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE Home is where the hate is in Martin McDonagh’s chilling 1996 drama about the poisonous relationship between a mother, played by Tina Packer as a kind of living gargoyle, and her middle-aged daughter, portrayed with seething force by Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Directed by Matthew Penn. Through Sept. 15. Shakespeare & Company, at Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,

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ODYSSEO This one rides on horsepower all the way. The brainchild of Cirque du Soleil cofounder Normand Latourelle, it’s a transporting spectacle that imaginatively and elegantly fuses highly stylized equestrian arts with Cirque-style atmospherics, acrobatics, and aerial stunts. Through Sept. 22. Cavalia. Assembly Square, Somerville. 866-999-8111,

Don Aucoin



SECRETS & MOTION Luminarium Dance Company aims to transform the Somerville Armory in this new multimedia collaboration with photographer Larry Pratt, poet Caryn Oppenheim, and installation artist Hannah Verlin. The evening-length work combines dance, light, and text to explore secrets — the ones we keep as well as those we divulge.
Sept. 13-15, $18-$20. The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-477-4494,

GREEN STREET STUDIOS PERFORMANCE FUND-RAISER For the 20-year-old dance organization, this benefit will help raise money to transition next June from its current, increasingly expensive space in Cambridge to a new, more affordable venue. For audiences, it offers what promises to be a dynamite weekend of concerts involving a host of the most esteemed dancers in town. Sept. 14-15, $15-$35. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191,


MADHAVI MUDGAL One of the world’s foremost Odissi dancers, the riveting Mudgal can hammer out the Indian dance form’s complex rhythms with her feet while conveying an eloquent story through an expressive glance and a flourish of fingers. American India Foundation and Meru Education Foundation present Mudgal and her troupe as a benefit for victims of the recent Himalayan tsunami. Sept. 14, 6 p.m., $15-$251. National Heritage Museum, Lexington. 781-862-9648,

Karen Campbell



REALITY CHECK As technology advances, photographers can manipulate photographs in more and more ways. The artists here make art that appears digitally enhanced, but is not — although other gambits may be at work. Through Dec. 7. Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. 617-879-7333,

BEN SLOAT: ONE BLAST Sloat, a conceptual artist, uses painting to investigate the most common currency of visual culture, data — layered, inverted, and otherwise interfered with. Plus, in an installation, he makes a broken window three-dimensional. Through Oct. 12. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-776-5265,

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS Artists celebrate the kitschy, cozy oases luring travelers off the highway. Millee Tibbs's photos highlight souvenirs; Karla Wozniak paints the landscape rushing by, and Jim Dow photographs taco stands. The Area 4 food truck will be at Thursday evening’s opening. Through Oct. 19. Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255,


BRUCE MYREN: THE FORTIETH PARALLEL Myren made his way across the country along the 40th parallel, stopping at each longitudinal intersection to make a photographic triptych. The project nods to Timothy O'Sullivan, who in the 1860s photographed portions of the same latitude. Through Oct. 12. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411,

Cate McQuaid



COURBET: MAPPING REALISM Drawing on collections in Belgium and the United States, the show traces the influence of the father of 19th-century realism on artists and collectors in both countries. Through Dec. 8.
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. 617-552-8100,

MAURICE PRENDERGAST BY THE SEA A retrospective of the great early-American modernist’s work, focusing on his depictions of leisure activities by the sea. Through Oct. 13. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275.

MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS: MY MOTHER TOLD ME Three multimedia installations, with autobiographical elements, by the Boston-based artist who emigrated from Cuba in 1991. Through Dec. 8. Tufts University Art Gallery. 617-627-3518,

AHMED ALSOUDANI: REDACTED Recent paintings and prints addressing violence and war by the New York-based artist who emigrated from Iraq as a teenager and came to the US via Syria in 1999. Through Dec. 8. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,

Sebastian Smee