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    One, two punch

    Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors” smooch to British comedy was described by New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley thusly: “The forms this madness takes are as rowdy as the Three Stooges and as light-footed as Fred Astaire.” The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents the play based on Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century Italian farce, “The Servant of Two Masters.” Pictured (from left): Dale Place, Alejandro Simoes (front), James Blaszko, and Larry Coen. Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. (through Oct. 12). $25-$65, $10 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678.


    Wilder and Wilder New Jersey suburbanites George and Maggie Antrobus have been married for 5,000 years and have also survived floods, locusts, fire, and pestilence. Thornton Wilder completed his Pulitzer-winning satire, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” less than a month after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Sept. 5-7 at 8 p.m., Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. $10. Boston Conservatory Zack Box, 8 The Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222.

    Why? Five artists tackle the questions “Why is Culture always pitted against Nature?” and “Why have we fashioned the two as opposing forces rather than partners in an improvisational dance?” The questions and answers at the exhibit “Nature Talks Back” celebrate Wheaton College’s Mars Center for Science and Technology. Mon-Sat 12:30-4:30 p.m. through Oct. 5 (Sept. 5 reception 6-8 p.m.). Free. Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton College, 26 E. Main St., Norton. 508-286-8200.


    Convergence You can see the result of this young Argentine’s 10-month fellowship at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute at “The Films of Matías Piñeiro” when “Viola” screens (Sept. 11-20). The film uses Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to dig into the intersection of life, theater, and film. Thursday’s screening is “The Stolen Man.” 7:30 p.m. (through Sept. 21). $11, $9 students, seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.

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    From genes to photos Nobel-winning molecular biologist Wally Gilbert is a visual artist who switched from geometrical patterns to photographic imagery for “A Room of Light.” Khaki Gallery Boston and Milton Art Museum present the show of a dozen images on LED light-illuminated frames. Thursday hours 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (through Sept. 11; reception Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m.). Free. Milton Art Museum, 900 Randolph St., Canton. 781-821-2222.


    Brotherly love Ernie’s gay identical twin has died, and the surviving sib pretends to be Jonathan to help his deceased brother’s widow get her green card. Boston Actors Theater presents Julian Olf’s “Twins.” Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. (through Sept. 21). $20, $15 seniors, $10 students. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111.


    Obligations Bernard Pomerance’s Tony-winning drama, “The Elephant Man,” presented by New Repertory Theatre, tells the story of John Merrick, a late-19th-century deformed Londoner who wants to be normal. Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. (through Sept. 29). $28-$60 (discounts available; pay-what-you-can previews Sept. 7 (8 p.m.) and 8
    (2 p.m.). Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the
    Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.