Puddles’ Pity Party
Most live comedy performance falls into three big categories: stand-up, sketch and improv. Then there are characters like Puddles, the “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice,” who’s found an unlikely niche performing absurdly overwrought renditions of already absurdly overwrought pop songs, all while dressed in full-on Pagliacci regalia. Funny, strange and bizarrely moving, he could possibly change your life.
Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge,$30, 18+, bit.ly/2fXK4Lu
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Seeing as it’s the time of the year to celebrate family and togetherness, Psych Drama Company’s choice to stage Edward Albee’s acerbic document of martial collapse during the holidays can’t help but feel subversive—or maybe just realistic. Bonus: An array of guests from the worlds of psychiatry, social work and psychology will give postshow talks about the issues the play raises.
United Parish Church of Brookline, 510 Harvard St., Brookline,$24-$30, bit.ly/2gPgdZQ
This annual production of Langston Hughes’ distinctly African-American take on the Christmas story is a true Boston tradition, now in its 46th year. As its producers remind us this year, Hughes never intended “Black Nativity” for Christians and/or the black community alone, famously dedicating it “to women and men of ‘good will’ from all traditions.”
Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston,$35-$48, paramountboston.org
The great thing about burlesque is that you can make a burlesque version of virtually anything and it’ll be amusing, but some things are especially delicious to pervert. The success of this annual burlesque “Nutcracker, proves that point nicely. If Sigmund Freud were alive today, we’re pretty sure he’d want front row seats.
Dec. 2-31,Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville,$28, theslutcracker.com
Original art is often too expensive for the average buyer, but everything at this exhibition, featuring the work of 60 local painters, printers, sculptors and photographers, is priced at $100. And who knows, the artist might get famous later—either that or they’ll be tragically underappreciated in their own lifetime, which is almost as good of a story—so it’s a win-win.
Dec. 2-17,Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St., Boston,Free, pianocraftgallery.org
This mysterious 2015 film by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (“Innocence”) is set in a seaside village populated by young boys and adult women. When one of the boys discovers a dead boy with a starfish on his belly, he begins to wonder what is going on. Who is he, actually?
Dec. 2-8,Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge,$9-$11, brattlefilm.org
“Trailer Apocalypse Redux!”
Everyone knows trailers are almost as good as seeing the whole movie, and sometimes the trailer is better than the actual movie. That’s probably the case with a lot of the trailers you’ll see here, exploitation films of every type from the golden age of the genre. Many are exceedingly rare, all of them bizarrely entertaining.
Dec. 2-3,Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline,Free, coolidge.org