Carousel

Nautilus scored a big hit last season with its lavish production of Man of La Mancha; now, the artistic team behind that show has poured its energies into another ambitious project. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a heavy artifact to unload from the vault, to be sure—not least because of what many see as its rationalizing of domestic violence: Remember the slap that “felt like a kiss”? However, Nautilus artistic director Ben Krywosz is more interested in exploring the subtle, cultural jabs in Hammerstein’s writing as well as the beauty of Rodgers’ scores. And with the versatile local singer-actors Bradley Greenwald and Jennifer Baldwin Peden in the lead roles, this production is bound to be another of Nautilus’ delights. 612-340-1725; www.southerntheater.org