Upcoming arts events around Boston

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THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY An exhilaratingly sharp production of Kristoffer Diaz’s grimly funny satire. Directed by Shawn LaCount, it’s set in the world of professional wrestling, but Diaz’s real targets are our national addiction to ethnic stereotypes, our need to frame the world as a simple matter of heroes vs. villains, and our impulse to commodify any attempt at cultural authenticity. Through Aug. 25. Presented by Company One. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



CORIOLANUS A gripping, full-blooded production, directed by Steven Maler and led by Nicholas Carrière as the title character, a military man whose valor in battle is matched only by his hubris. Through Aug. 12. Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. At Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. Free. 617-426-0863, www.commshakes

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL A coal miner’s son makes the life-changing discovery that he has a gift for dance. Director Stephen Daldry and librettist Lee Hall do not allow the plight of Billy’s family and community to recede from view, even as this show tracks Billy’s attempt to land an audition at the Royal Ballet School. Featuring a score of surprising rigor and grit by Elton John. Through Aug. 19. Presented by Broadway in Boston. At Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787,


THE TEMPEST Under the direction of Tony Simotes, her onetime student, Olympia Dukakis portrays the island magician Prospera as ambivalent about her powers right from the start, lending an elegiac aura to this solid production of a work often seen as Shakespeare’s adieu to the stage. Through Aug. 19. Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. 413-637-3353,

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THE NORTH POOL Playwright Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo’’) explores the question of guilt in this twisty drama about a high school vice principal and the transfer student from the Middle East whom he subjects to an interrogation that doesn’t lead where you think it will. Featuring superb performances by Remi Sandri and Babak Tafti, under the direction of Giovanna Sardelli. Through Aug. 11. Presented by Barrington Stage Company. At Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888,


“MASTER HAROLD” . . . AND THE BOYS Apartheid in South Africa is a thing of the past, but Athol Fugard’s 1982 classic about racial hatred and human compassion hasn’t dated, and Gloucester Stage Company’s production boasts a fabulously detailed set and searing performances from Johnny Lee Davenport as Sam, Anthony Wills Jr. as Willie, and Peter Mark Kendall as Hally. Through Aug. 12. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage

CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL!!! Based on NPR’s popular call-in program, this show might seem an unlikely proposition. But with the help of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who contributed their voices to the project, Wesley Savick has cobbled a wacky plot, clever song parodies, the brothers’ trademark outrageous puns, and a fine cast into a production that’s running like a top. Through Sept. 2. Presented by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,



24-HOUR CHOREOFEST It’s do or die for six regional dance companies in this Luminarium Dance Company event. Locked into the Dance Complex for 24 hours of forced creativity, choreographers will draw a theme out of a hat and devise a dance and sound score for two fully produced performances the following day. Aug. 11, 2 and 4 p.m. $15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-477-4474,


TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT The highlight of this popular company’s return to Jacob’s Pillow is expected to be the world premiere of “Ladies and Gentle Men.” The work takes its inspiration from Marlo Thomas’s “Free to Be … You and Me,” which imparts positive messages about gender neutrality. Through Aug. 12. $64-$70. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobs

CONVOLUTED CONCEPTIONS: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TRIP Unyted Stylz Productions presents Contemporarily Out of Order in a choreographic examination of the impact of drug use — physically, mentally, and emotionally. Aug. 11, 8 p.m. $20, $15 seniors and students. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 603-953-8390,

THIRD LIFE STUDIO CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES Presented by Kelley Donovan & Dancers, this forum gives local choreographers the chance to stage informal concerts of new works and works in progress. This month’s incarnation includes pieces by Donovan, Jennifer Hicks, Katherine Anderson, David Sun, and Navarasa Dance Theater, among others. Aug. 10, 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $12 seniors and students. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-388-3247,



ROGER MARTIN: FROM THE BEGINNING This show traces the career of the painter, a founding faculty member at Montserrat College of Art. It comes up to the present with bold abstractions Martin made this year, inspired by Rockport granite. Through Sept. 8. 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

RICHARD KLEIN Klein is a scavenger who transforms found objects such as reading glasses and ashtrays into works of art that contemplate mortality and the definition of beauty. He is better known as exhibitions director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn. Aug. 10-29. The Schoolhouse Gallery, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4800,


STATE OF THE ART 2012 Chase Young Gallery rallies behind emerging artists with this showcase of recent Master of Fine Arts graduates from Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Through Aug. 15. Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-859-7222,

SUMMER SALON 2012 This selection of paintings from New England art colonies spans the 20th century, with works from Monhegan Island, Provincetown, and more. The more than 20 artists featured include Hans Hofmann, Alex Katz, and Helen Frankenthaler. Through Aug. 18. ACME Fine Art, 38 Newbury St. 617-585-9551, www.acme



OS GEMEOS The first solo exhibition by the Brazilian street artist twins, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. The show includes paintings and sculptures and is complemented by two giant murals, one at the Revere Hotel, and the other on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Through Nov. 25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.ica

ROBERT MOTHERWELL: BESIDE THE SEA Rare work produced in the abstract expressionist’s Provincetown studio between 1962 and his death in 1991. Through Sept. 30. Provincetown Art Association and Museum. 508-487-1750,

ROBERT ADAMS: THE PLACE WE LIVE, A RETROSPECTIVE SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS Four decades worth of photographs by this plainspoken but brilliantly subtle and heartfelt photographer. Through Oct. 28. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale

THE DRAW OF THE NORMANDY COAST (1860-1960) Forty works spanning a century of responses by French and American artists to the coast of Normandy, France. Through Sept. 3. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,