The week ahead: Arts

Matthew Murphy /jacob’s pillow

A ‘Big City’ adventure

BRIAN BROOKS MOVING COMPANY Hundreds of aluminum pipes hang from the rafters to symbolize cycles of demolition and construction in Brooks’s bustling “Big City.” The New York-based troupe also performs the choreographer’s solo “I’m Going to Explode” and excerpts from “Motor.” July 10-14. $22-$38. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,



THE SEAGULL Robert Kropf directs his own adaptation of Chekhov in this sharp and wrenching production. Kropf’s cast delivers vividly etched portrayals of unhappy people trapped in a narrow, stifling orbit as they try to resolve those Chekhovian dilemmas: art, love, existence. Through July 13. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-349-6800,

THE LION IN WINTER A royally entertaining match of wits and wills, with Treat Williams as a ruggedly charismatic King Henry II and Jayne Atkinson skillfully blending fire and ice in her portrayal of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Director Robert Moss demonstrates a sure hand on the reins as he guides a strong ensemble through James Goldman’s 1966 play, proving this warhorse still has plenty of giddyup. Through July 13. Berkshire Theatre Group. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,


EXTREMITIES William Mastrosimone’s drama about a woman who thwarts an attempted rape, then exacts a protracted revenge on her assailant. Directed by Karen Allen, who played the lead role in a 1980s off-Broadway production. July 11-27. Berkshire Theatre Group. At Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,

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PYGMALION Before it was musicalized into “My Fair Lady,’’ there was still plenty of trenchant fun to be had with George Bernard Shaw’s tale of a spirited Cockney flower girl and the haughty, domineering linguist who believes he can transform her accent and demeanor so thoroughly she can pass for a duchess. Starring Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson on “House’’) as Professor Henry Higgins and Heather Lind as Eliza Doolittle. Directed by Nicholas Martin. July 17-27. Williamstown Theatre Festival. Main Stage. 413-597-3400, www.wtfestival

THE BILLINGSGATE PROJECT Brenda Withers has proved she is a writer to watch — first with “Matt & Ben’’ (coauthored with Mindy Kaling), then with “The Ding Dongs, or What Is the Penalty in Portugual?’’ Her new play, which coincides with Wellfleet’s 250th anniversary celebration, explores the challenges faced by a group of amateur historians as they wrestle with a major event: the destruction by erosion of Billingsgate Island, which once sat at the entrance to Wellfleet Harbor. July 18-Aug. 10. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-349-6800,



COMPANHIA URBANA DE DANÇA Featuring talented dancers arising from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, this Brazilian troupe led by choreographer Sonia Destri Lie melds the edgy dynamics and acrobatic pyrotechnics of hip-hop and capoeira with contemporary and Brazilian social dance. July 10-14. $39-$69; age 17 and under $10 at some performances. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket.

BRIDGMAN/PACKER DANCE The mind-bending works of Guggenheim Fellows Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer conflate compelling live dance with cutting-edge video imagery, casting audiences into a world in which reality and illusion are intriguingly blurred. “Voyeur” is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. July 12-13. $25; $15 seniors, students, and military. The Yard, Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Middle Road, Chilmark.


NEJLA YATKIN / NY2DANCE Inspired by the events of Arab Spring, Yatkin’s world premiere multimedia “Oasis” at Bates Dance Festival explores issues ranging from memory and identity to torture and transformation. Loosely based on the Middle Eastern allegory of Layla and Majnun, the work is set to original music by Iranian American composer Shamou. July 12-13, 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdancefestival



DRAWING CONNECTIONS Independent curator James Hull organizes the BCA’s 23d drawing show, linking the traditional medium to shorthand, design, and contemporary interdisciplinary projects. Anyone can draw, and the show invites visitors to participate in interactive installations. Through Sept. 22. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-8835, www.bca

HAROLD E. EDGERTON & MATTHEW GAMBER: BASIC INGREDIENTS OF A COMPLEX WORLD “Doc” Edgerton (1903-1990), the godfather of stroboscopic photography, has work paired with that of Gamber, a contemporary artist who deploys 3-D technology to make images appear realer than they are. Through Aug. 10. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411,

KARA FALL: DEEKI–CAMBRIDGE NIGHTS The Senegalese-born artist wanders Cambridge at night, picking up odd items, and crafts assemblages from the objects he finds. Recycled, they carry their history but take on new, multiple meanings.Through Aug. 23. Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts, 20A Sacramento St., Cambridge. 617-349-6287, www.maudmorganarts.

JENNIFER DAY: PASTORALS AND PELAGICS Day works in grisaille, exploring the limits and possibilities of black and white, applying black pigment over white gesso then rubbing it off to let the light shine through in forest scenes and large seascapes. Through July 27. Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-451-3605,




SAMURAI! Japanese armor worn by shoguns, or warlords, from the 12th to the 19th centuries, from a respected Texan private collection. Through Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

TONY FEHER A survey of brightly colored but minimal sculptures made from humble and everyday materials – glass jars, marbles, colored liquids in plastic bottles, plastic crates, and so on. Through Sept. 15. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

BARRY MCGEE A mid-career survey of the popular San Francisco-based artist who has made a dynamic shift from street art into galleries and museums. Through Sept. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

MICHIO IHARA: LOOKING BACK LOOKING FORWARD Elegant, free-form kinetic sculptures by the acclaimed Japanese artist, based in Concord since 1981. Through Aug. 14. Concord Art Association, Concord. 978-369-2578,


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