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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Critics’ picks: Theater

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,

An early Shakespeare comedy in which one of the gentlemen of the title becomes smitten with the other’s beloved, and knavery ensues. This production, directed by Steven Maler, choreographed by Yo-el Cassell, and featuring a five-piece jazz band, is described as “inspired by Rat Pack-era Vegas.’’ Free. Through July 28. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Boston Common. For reserved chairs, which cost $35, or for additional
information, 617-426-0863,

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