Theater & art

Critics’ picks: Theater

Gary Ng

CAMELOT The musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, directed and choreographed by Russell Garrett, featuring Benjamin Evett as Arthur and Erica Spyres as Guenevere. Through Dec. 22. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

DON AUCOIN

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THE HOBBIT Matthew T. Lazure’s creative costumes and elegant, two-tiered set stand out as the stars of this charming production. Lazure doesn’t need the film’s elaborate computer-generated animation, because he includes just the right elements to spark the imagination and create the right mood for Bilbo Baggins’s unexpected adventure. Andrew Barbato offers a pitch-perfect performance as Bilbo, allowing us to watch the fussy, nervous homebody grow in self-confidence as the adventure unfolds, while Stephen Benson is a remarkably agile and suggestively slimy Gollum. (Pictured: Melissa Jesser, Monique Nicole McIntyre, Steven Cosnek.) Through Nov. 24. Wheelock Family Theatre. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

THE TURN OF THE SCREW Staged in two Victorian mansions — the Gibson House Museum in the Back Bay and the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast in Jamaica Plain — this haunting production takes terrific advantage of Jeffrey Hatcher’s spare adaptation of Henry James’s tale. Director M. Bevin O’Gara effectively uses every inch of the tight playing space, suggesting eerie possibilities just out of sight. Extended through Nov. 24. Simple Machine. www.simplemachinetheatre.com

TERRY BYRNE

WINDOWMEN Steven Barkhimer wrote this gritty, funny look back at his days working in New York’s Fulton Fish Market. Stars Alex Pollock, Will Lyman, and new-to-Boston Brandon Whitehead. Through Nov. 24. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111, www.bostonplaywrights.org

JOEL BROWN

Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe.com.
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