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    Gina Giulekas


    In harmony

    The economy was booming, television was new, cars were big, and people listened to the Shirelles, the Chantelles, and the Poni-Tails. Go back to the 1950s at the Salem Theatre Company production of Rick Lewis’s homage to girl groups of the era. Four sisters from Indiana (played by, above, Brenna Suslak, Ariane Grossi, Jaime Freedman, and Carly Dwyer Naik) are “The Taffetas,” and they escort you down memory lane with 42 songs including “Mr. Sandman,” “Sh-Boom,” “Old Cape Cod,” and “Tennessee Waltz.” Aug. 1-17. Thurs-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-790-8546,


    Bridges in song The crackerjack team responsible for the musical version of “The Bridges of Madison County” includes Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marsha Norman and Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3, 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 2 p.m. Through Aug. 18. $65-$70. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-3400,


    100 years of Burt Pre-Hollywood, Burt Lancaster entertained troops during WWII. He left the circus behind, but took his creative fearlessness with him to Tinseltown. As part of a series celebrating the actor’s centennial, the Harvard Film Archive shows one of his biggest hits, 1953’s “From Here to Eternity.” Aug. 2, 7 p.m. (series runs through Sept. 8). $9, $7 students/seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700,


    Art bursting forth Rupture is the theme for “State of the Art 2013,” featuring paintings by Julianne Martin, Catherine Mulligan, and Rebecca Nehring. According to the press release, “In each painter’s work, color functions as an indicator of rupture. Experiences get projected onto the objects and bodies that surround us and these things come to embody our experiences.” Through Aug. 15. Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun noon-
    4 p.m. Reception Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., No. 57, Boston. 617-859-7222,

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    Power of three The ambitious young people (ages 18-25, to be exact) of the Circuit Theatre Company offer Nathan Allen’s “The Valentine Trilogy.” A cast of 20 and a live rock band tell one story in three plays presented in repertory — “San Valentino and the Melancholy Kid,” “Curse of the Crying Heart,” and “Valentine Victorious!” Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Through Aug. 17. Seven-hour marathon performances Aug. 4, 11, 17. $15-$18. Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston.

    Mad men One dissenting juror makes for high drama in Sidney Lumet’s 1957 classic courtroom drama “12 Angry Men.” The star-studded cast includes Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, and Jack Klugman. The Brattle offers the flick in a new digital restoration. Aug. 2-4, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. $6.75-$9.75. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837,


    It’s a war out there Recruits from Newton and nearby towns joined the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry to fight in the Civil War. Re-enactors bring that history to life at a Civil War Encampment with military drills, musket volleys, marching, and more. Aug. 3-4, 9 am.-5 p.m. Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton. 617-796-1450,