Stage Review

An energetic ‘Twelfth Night’ on the Common

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Twelfth Night” stars (from left) Fred Sullivan Jr. as Malvolio and Remo Airaldi as Festes.

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The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production on Boston Common is a mixed bag overall, but it features some standout performances.

Rocco Sisto (left) as Oberon  and Michael F. Toomey as Puck in Shakespeare & Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Stage Review

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ played strictly for laughs

Shakespeare & Company makes the most of the slapstick aspects of Shakespeare’s play — at the expense of some of the darker chords.

Tom Rash and Nancy E. Carroll in rehearsal for “4000 Miles,” which centers on elderly Vera and her 21-year-old grandson, Leo, who shows up unannounced.

In ‘4000 Miles,’ the distance between real, fictional drama

Obie Award-winning playwright Amy Herzog’s play centers on elderly Vera, who was inspired by Herzog’s grandmother.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/whatfabulouslipitonesp-16-001.jpg Achieving harmony is a group effort in ‘The Fabulous Lipitones’

A washed-up barbershop quartet finds its voice at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

Week ahead: Theater

Globe reviewers offer their recommendations for the best in theater, including “Fool for Love,” “Breaking the Code,” and “Her Aching Heart.”

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Lambert,Fielding,Bloodworth,WithersArtistHarbor.jpg ‘Artist’ captures fullness of Stoppard’s sound, vision

Harbor Stage Company is ingeniously presenting Tom Stoppard’s “Artist Descending a Staircase” as a radio-play-for-the theater.

Posters from the “Over There!” exhibit include images from the US (above, right, and top right) with a few from England (left) and Austria (top left) and other European countries mixed in.

Photography Review

World War I posters from the home front and abroad

“Over There!,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, looks at World War I through propaganda posters.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Boghosian_18Zombie3_LIFE.jpg A ticket puts you in a room with the living dead

A peculiar live show with the straightfoward title “Trapped in a Room With a Zombie” is catching on in Charlestown.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/19/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/JamesKeira.jpg James Naughton and daughter Keira team up

The father and daughter collaborate on the play “Cedars,” now running on the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JamesNaughtoninCedarsphotobyEmilyFaulkner_4_.jpg You can’t see the forest for the quips in ‘Cedars’

Berkshire Theatre Group’s world premiere of “Cedars’’ bristles with punchy one-liners.

Blaschka sea creatures surface anew at Harvard

The “Sea Creatures in Glass” exhibit was funded by an anonymous gift in memory of Harvard alumnus Melvin R. Seiden.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/nabeela.jpg Week ahead: Theater

Globe reviewers offer their recommendations for the best in theater, including “Fool for Love,” “Breaking the Code,” and “Her Aching Heart.”

Local galleries

Galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/B3.FieldReflectionsPainting.jpg Pictorial space at Montserrat Gallery

Cate McQuaid surveys the local gallery scene, including Nathan Miner at Montserrat Gallery.

Summer Arts Preview

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WEBsummerartsfront-6592--90x90.jpg The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.