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Mark H. Dold and Gretchen Egolf in “Betrayal” at Boston University Theatre.

T. Charles Erickson

Mark H. Dold and Gretchen Egolf in “Betrayal” at Boston University Theatre.

BETRAYAL

Marital infidelity is one of the oldest stories there is. The twist Harold Pinter adds in this 1978 drama, of course, is to use reverse chronology to delineate the unspooling of a seven-year affair. In Maria Aitken’s precisely detailed production, the backward-moving narrative casts a refracted, subtly illuminating light. Through Dec. 9. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre
.org

ARABIAN NIGHTS

A remount of last year’s bewitching production, again starring Evelyn Howe as the quick-thinking storyteller and Vincent Ernest Siders as the hot-tempered king. Adapted by Dominic Cooke and directed by Daniel Gidron, with visually ravishing set and puppet design by David Fichter. Through Dec. 30. Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.central
squaretheater.org
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