WATER BOARD: A PLAY ABOUT TORTURE | Waterboarding each other during the course of the performance, Nadeem Mazen and Stephanie Skier "play on Slip 'n' Slides and toss beach balls while singing about 'enhanced interrogation techniques' " in this evening of live-action performance, integrated video, original music, and dialogue with the audience conceived by Skier, with original music composed and performed by Basim Usmani. Proceeds from the performance go to support Amnesty International's Counter Terror with Justice campaign; Joshua Rubenstein, the Northeast regional director of Amnesty International USA, introduces the show. | YMCA Theater, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge |www.brownpapertickets.com/event/70883| July 23 | Curtain 8 pm | $20; $8 students, seniors

THE WEDDING SINGER | F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company presents a musical version of the 1998 film. Subbing for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (they must have had previous commitments they couldn't get out of) will be Chris Bott and Kira Cowan as Robbie and Julie. Matthew Sklar did the music, Chad Beguelin the lyrics, Beguelin and Tim Herlihy the book; F.U.D.G.E. president Joe DeMita directs. | Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 781.245.0500 | July 24–August 1 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $20; $18 students, seniors


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AFTER THE QUAKE | Company One presents Tony-winning adapter (for The Grapes of Wrath, in 1990) and director Frank Galati's play, which is adapted from two stories from Haruki Murakami's After the Quake, a collection set in Japan in 1995 between the Kobe earthquake and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subway. In one of those stories, "Honey Pie," a shy man whose would-be sweetheart was swept away by his best friend (but they're now divorced) regales her daughter with the tale of a six-foot frog who's out to save Tokyo. Shawn LaCount directs. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through August 15 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $30-$38; $30 seniors; $15 students; $18 Wed; pay-what-you-can [minimum $6] Sun

AURELIA'S ORATORIO | The cirque nouveau pioneer and Charlie Chaplin's daughter, Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, directs her daughter, Aurélia Thierrée, in a 70-minute dream scenario that has its rough-hewn and magical sequences, among them an opener in which Thierrée emerges limb by lissome limb from a chest of drawers. At its best, the show recalls the ones on which Thierrée cut her teeth, her parents' (dad is French clown Jean-Baptiste Thierrée) Le Cirque Imaginaire and Le Cirque Invisible. But the performer (who is abetted by dancer Jaime Martinez) lacks her mother's prodigious circus skills, and it is the most imaginative of the illusions that stick with you in this whimsical offering for the whole family. | Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge | Through August 2 | 617.547.8300 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 + 7:30 pm Sun | $25-$75; 10 percent discount seniors

CANDIDE | Leonard Bernstein's 1956 "comic operetta" based on the Voltaire novella comes to the Berkshires, complete with the famous Overture, the "Glitter and Be Gay" coloratura aria for Cunégonde, and, of course, "Make Our Garden Grow." The original libretto was by Lillian Hellman, but it's since been replaced by a book by Hugh Wheeler; Richard Wilbur, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim, and Bernstein himself contributed to the text. | Berkshire Theatre Festival Unicorn Theatre, Main St, Stockbridge | 413.298.5576 | Through August 15 | Curtain 8 pm Mon-Tues | 7 pm Wed | 2 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $19.28-$68

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