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Critic’s picks: Theater

“Shockheaded Peter.”
“Shockheaded Peter.”Liza Voll Photography

FUFU & OREOS The talented actress-playwright Obehi Janice, daughter of Nigerian immigrants, has made new additions to the script of her solo show about what she describes as “the duality of being American and being Nigerian.’’ With new staging by Rebecca Bradshaw, who helmed an excellent production of “Bad Jews’’ recently at SpeakEasy Stage Company. Feb. 6-
Feb. 28. Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston, at Deane Hall, Calderwood
Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bridgerep.org

THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE A canny Sephardic actor (played by Will LeBow) pulls a fast one on a powerful Hollywood producer (Jeremiah Kissel) in this klezmer musical, based on a novel by Israel Zangwill and featuring a book and lyrics by the tireless Robert Brustein, with music by Hankus Netsky. Directed by Matthew “Motl’’ Didner and choreographed by Merete Muenter. Feb. 7-March 1. New Repertory Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org


GREEN PORNO, LIVE ON STAGE Isabella Rossellini (“Blue Velvet’’) stars in this quirky solo show, cocreated by her and French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, about the mating rituals and reproductive styles of insects and marine life. Feb. 13-15. Copresented by ArtsEmerson and World Music/CRASHarts. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

INTIMATE APPAREL Lynn Nottage’s quietly affecting portrait of Esther, an African-American seamstress living in a rooming house in 1905 New York and waging an uphill fight in her quest for fulfillment. Lindsey McWhorter plays Esther. Directed by Summer L. Williams. Feb. 13-March 14. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

THE WIZ Berklee College of Music sophomore Quiana Holmes is Dorothy in the rock-soul-gospel version of “The Wizard of Oz.’’ Terrell Foster-James, a recent Berklee graduate who gave a standout performance in Fiddlehead’s mediocre “Aida’’ last fall, portrays the Wiz. Directed by Stacey Stephens. Feb. 13-22. Fiddlehead Theatre Company, at Strand Theatre, Dorchester. 617-229-6494, www.fiddleheadtheatre.com


GROUNDED Celeste Oliva stars in George Brant’s solo play about a fighter pilot who becomes pregnant and is reassigned to work operating military drones, launching strikes from a trailer near Las Vegas at human targets thousands of miles away. Directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner. Feb. 19-March 22. Nora Theatre Company, at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278, www.centralsquaretheater.org

SHOCKHEADED PETER The New England premiere of the ghoulish, award-winning musical about misbehaving Victorian children and the grim fates they meet. Directed by Steven Bogart and featuring Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. Original music and lyrics by the Tiger Lillies. March 6-April 4. Company One Theatre in collaboration with Suffolk University. Modern Theatre at Suffolk University. 866-811-4111, www.companyone.org

THE COLORED MUSEUM George C. Wolfe’s 1986 satire subverts African-American stereotypes and toys with white assumptions in sketches that include “The-Last-Mama-on-the-Couch Play,’’ a parody of “A Raisin in the Sun.’’ Helmed by Billy Porter, a Tony winner for his performance in “Kinky Boots.” March 6-April 5. Huntington Theatre Company, at BU Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

BIG FISH This musical about a traveling salesman who tells whopping tales of extraordinary adventures was not artistically or commercially successful on Broadway in 2013. But Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics) and John August (book) are crafting a new, “more intimate’’ adaptation for this New England premiere, in which the cast will be reduced to 12 and the score reorchestrated for a six-piece bluegrass band. Directed by Paul Daigneault. March 13-April 11. SpeakEasy Stage Company, at Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com


COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA Director David Cromer, who won plaudits for his reimagined production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,’’ returns to Boston to tackle another play by an American writer who is often underestimated and condescended to: William Inge. “Come Back, Little Sheba’’ is about the emotional upheaval that results when an unhappily married Midwestern couple, Doc and Lola Delaney, take in a female college student as a boarder. March 27-April 26. Huntington Theatre Company, at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org