• In Gorham, the University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre presents “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller, one of the great plays of American theater. Thomas Power directs.

The play, which opens Friday and runs through Oct. 16 at Russell Hall, focuses on Brooklynite Eddie Carbone, who dives into a pit of self-destruction. The New York Times called it a “kitchen sink drama with knives.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 13-15, and 5 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16. There is also a high-school matinee at 10 a.m. Oct. 12.

Tickets cost $15; $11 for seniors and USM faculty and staff; and $8 for students. All seats for the 5 p.m. Oct. 12 performance cost $5.

The cast consists of Patrick Molloy as Alfieri, Matthew Defiore as Eddie, Laura Collard as Catherine, Dolly Constantine as Beatrice, Jake Cote as Marco, Dalton Kimball as Rodolpho, Sage Landry as Louise, Tom Campbell as Mike, Brandon Johnson as Tony and the second officer, Taylor Rousseau as Mr. Lipari, Hannah Perry as Mrs. Lipari, John Lepper as Submarine, Alexi Saliba as Submarine and Lake Bellavance as the first officer.

For information and tickets, call 780-5151 or visit usm.maine.edu/theatre

• Portland Ovations brings the melodies and dancing of the Creole Choir of Cuba to Merrill Auditorium at 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

The group celebrates the history of its Haitian descendants. The choir was founded in 1994, when the Cuban economy fell into a black hole following the end of the Soviet Union and of Soviet support for the revolution.

Ovations Offstage offers a pre-performance lecture, “Cultural Connections: Maine & Cuba,” at 7 p.m. in the Merrill rehearsal hall. USM history professor David Carey will discuss Maine’s connection to Cuba that began in the early 19th century, then broaden the scope to talk about Cuban, Dominican and Haitian history in the context of the different musical influences the Creole Choir of Cuba embraces.

Tickets range from $30 to $40, and a limited number of student tickets also are available for $15. Call 842-0800, visit the box office at Merrill Auditorium, or visit portlandovations.org.