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Arts: the week ahead

ENRON Victor Shopov (center) excels as former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in Lucy Prebble’s rambunctious hybrid of satire and morality play about the energy behemoth whose name still deserves a special place of ignominy, even in an era of one corporate scandal after another. Through Oct. 16. Zeitgeist Stage Company. Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.BostonTheatreScene.com ENRON Victor Shopov (center) excels as former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in Lucy Prebble’s rambunctious hybrid of satire and morality play about the energy behemoth whose name still deserves a special place of ignominy, even in an era of one corporate scandal after another. Through Oct. 16. Zeitgeist Stage Company. Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.BostonTheatreScene.com (Richard Hall/Silverline Images)
October 7, 2010

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THEATER
IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY) Director Scott Edmiston and a strong cast led by Anne Gottlieb and Marianna Bassham explore the shadows as well as the light in this superb production of Sarah Ruhl’s play. Through Oct. 16. SpeakEasy Stage Company. Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

BUS STOP The vigor of this production, directed by Nicholas Martin, helps obscure the dated aspects of William Inge’s curious comedy about an over-the-top cowboy, the nightclub singer he is determined to marry, and assorted others stranded in a Kansas diner when a blizzard hits. Through Oct. 17. Huntington Theatre Company. Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

CABARET Amanda Palmer is the big draw, and she has an undeniable aura as the creepy Emcee, but the creative intelligence of director Steven Bogart and the compelling performances by Aly Trasher (as Sally Bowles) and Thomas Derrah are the best reasons to see this version of the Kander & Ebb musical. Through Oct. 29. American Repertory Theater. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

WICKED The cast of this touring company is competent, but not really more than that, with one electrifying exception: Jackie Burns, whose performance as Elphaba (a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West) puts such a charge into Stephen Schwartz’s songs that she almost threatens to make audiences forget Idina Menzel. Through Oct. 17. Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com/wicked

DON AUCOIN

DANCE
DANCE IN THE FELLS Imagine traipsing through the woods and seeing dancers cavort amongst the trees. Two Roads Performance Projects sends dancers into the Middlesex Fells to frolic amidst the nature preserve’s fall foliage. New site-specific works will be performed by Egoart Inc. (South Reservoir Site), Joan Green (Molly’s Spring Site), John Kramer (Sheepfold Site), Monkeyhouse (Wright’s Tower Site), and Sara Smith (Panther Cave Site). Oct. 9, 1-6 p.m. Free. Middlesex Fells Reservation, Medford. 617-383-4831, www.tworoads.org

HIP-HOP AT THE REGENT This extravaganza features some of the area’s top hip-hop troupes, including “America’s Best Dance Crew’’ finalist Static Noyze, the veteran B-boy crew Floorlords, post-urban dance team Phunk Phenomenon, and acclaimed Tufts step troupe Iconic Movement. This one should rock the house. Oct. 8. $12-$18. Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com

OPENING NOTE! The Boston Conservatory finally has a newly renovated and expanded theater building worthy of the talent it nurtures. This celebratory concert showcases the range of its arts program in works by students, faculty, alumni, and special guests. The concert includes musical numbers from “Sister Act,’’ “The Wiz,’’ and “A Chorus Line,’’ Alwin Nikolais’s stunning “Tensile Involvement,’’ as well as a world premiere by dance faculty member Gianni DiMarco. Oct. 13-14. $25-$35. Boston Conservatory Theater. 617-912-9222, www.bostonconservatory.edu

FRACTURE The Luminarium Dance Company makes its debut with this evening of dance and film exploring chaos, memory, loss, and triumph. The program features new works by choreographer Kimberleigh A. Holman and filmmaker Merli V. Guerra, plus improvised dance to live music by Berklee musicians. Oct. 8-9. $10-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-477-4494, www.luminariumdance.org KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES
OF, BY, AND FOR: NEW WORK BY DANIEL PELTZ AND PAUL NOTZOLD Two artistic interventions examine city structure and urban life. Peltz delves into traffic and parking issues. Notzold projected speech balloons and graphics onto buildings. Through Nov. 19. CAC Gallery, Cambridge Arts Council, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge. 617-349-4380, www.cambridgeartscouncil.org

CIG HARVEY This Boston artist’s photo vignettes depict Harvey, her family, and friends, capturing the complexities of daily life and conveying moments of uncertainty and elation. She often photographs fractured figures alone within expansive landscapes, in haunting tones. Through Nov. 6. Robert Klein Gallery, 38 Newbury St. 617-267-7997, www.robertkleingallery.com

SHELAH HORVITZ: PEACE SONG Painter Horvitz draws on 19th - century painting styles to make conceptual art. This show delves into the wars we wage for control of land and resources, and considers how humans might live peacefully with each other and other animals.Through Oct. 30. Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-542-1500, www.galateaart.org

JACK TWORKOV: WORKS ON PAPER Following a rigorous painting retrospective over the summer at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, this show highlights paintings, drawings, and collages by the artist, who moved through his career from abstract expressionism to geometric abstraction. Through Nov. 6. ACME Fine Art, 38 Newbury St. 617-585-9551, www.acmefineart.com CATE McQUAID

MUSEUMS
THE EMPEROR’S PRIVATE PARADISE: TREASURES FROM THE FORBIDDEN CITY The contents of an 18th-century emperor’s private quarters deep within the Forbidden City in Beijing revealed to the public for the first time. Through Jan. 9. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

EDOUARD MANET’S THE DEAD TOREADOR A single painting exhibition, starring this fascinating work by one of France’s leading 19th-century Hispanophiles, borrowed from the National Gallery of Art. Through March 11, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org

SCAASI: AMERICAN COUTURIER An overview of the career of one of America’s leading postwar fashion designers, Arnold Scaasi. The MFA recently acquired his archive. Through June 19. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

LYNDA BENGLIS A career survey of this inventive American artist, featuring wax paintings, poured latex and polyurethane foam sculptures, video, installations, fabric “knots,’’ and more. Through Jan. 9. Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence. 401-454-6500, www.risdmuseum.org SEBASTIAN SMEE