Friday-Saturday: The themes of mysticism, transformation and enchantment are apt for this world premiere, created by an avant-garde dream team. Inventive composer and singer Rinde Eckert teams with classical composer Paola Prestini and imaginative puppetmaker and director Julian Crouch for this allegory about an elderly watchmaker whose work involves more than tinkering with time. Robert Wilson, a dean of the avant-garde, has declared it "brilliant." The large-scale production features a string quartet and the 40-plus-member Brooklyn Youth Chorus, conducted by Dianne Berkun-Menaker. It will certainly fill, if not overwhelm, the Walker's McGuire Theater. (8 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat., Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $28. 612-375-7600, walkerart.org.)
Opening: It is rare to see a classic script done at Open Eye Figure Theatre, a company that is generally busy creating eclectic work. Amy Warner, an accomplished actor who in 2014 moved back to Minneapolis from Cincinnati, portrays Samuel Beckett's iconic Winnie — a woman buried up to her waist but still optimistic enough to declare that it is a "happy day." Michael Sommers, one of Open Eye's founders, plays Willie and also designed the set. Michael Evan Haney, Warner's husband, directs. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. Ends March 19. 506 E. 24th St., Mpls. $15-$20. 612-874-6338, openeyetheatre.org.)
Opening: Jon Cranney directs this classic Noel Coward play at Old Log Theatre. Summer Hagen plays Elvira — the first-wife ghost of Charles Condomine (Sean Dooley). Charles' second wife, Ruth (Emily Dooley), is not happy with the ghostly presence hanging around the house. Katherine Ferrand portrays bumbling spiritualist Madame Arcati. As we say in the business, hijinks ensue. Coward famously wrote the script in six days in 1941. (Preview 7:30 p.m. Fri. Opens 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun, 1:30 p.m. Wed. Ends May 28. 5185 Meadville St., Greenwood. $24-$35. 952-474-5951, oldlog.com.)G.R.
Opening: Russian director Vladimir Rovinsky directs this play about love and art — the first of Chekhov's great dramas. Theatre Novi Most has assembled a strong cast including Barbra Berlovitz, who was part of a 2003 Theatre de la Jeune Lune production, as the fading actress Arkadina. She is joined by Terry Hempleman, Nathan Christopher, Shelby Richardson and Pearce Bunting. (7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu. Ends March 27. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. $18-$24. 612-326-1811, southern.ticketworks.com.)G.R.