Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowensums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

The Plough and The Stars, running at the American Repertory Theater through October 9

A.R.T.'s Synopsis: "The A.R.T. brings the Abbey Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Plough and the Stars to Boston at the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. As revolution sweeps Ireland, the residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that erupts through the city's streets. Sean O’Casey — one of Ireland’s most renowned and controversial playwrights — captures a conflict between idealism and ordinary lives. Celebrating a century of the Irish nation state, this production by Ireland’s national theater, directed by Olivier Award-winning Sean Holmes, provides a new perspective to O'Casey's absorbing play."

Jared Says: "There's a modern sensibility here."

Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical, presented by the Fiddlehead Theatre Company through October 9

Boch Center's Synopsis: "In the middle of the Australian outback, a glamorous trio of performers searching for love and friendship aboard a battered old bus end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Based on the 1994 hit film, Priscilla is a glitzy dance party with wildly outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including 'It's Raining Men', 'I Will Survive', 'Hot Stuff' and 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.'"

Jared Says: "This is a terrific production. Great costumes, great set pieces, terrific acting."

The Birth of a Nation, in theaters nationwide tomorrow, October 7

Fox Searchlight Synopsis: "Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom." 

Jared Says: "There's a huge dichotomy here in how you look at this situation, which of course is the struggle of looking at our nation's history itself."

The Girl on the Train, in theaters tomorrow, October 7

Universal's Synopsis: "The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller that shocked the world. Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Everything changes when she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds."

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