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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, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
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, www.commshakes.org

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THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
Bertolt Brecht’s drama entwines the stories of Grusha, a kitchen maid who cares for an abandoned child, and Azdak, an impoverished, drunken, intellectual scribe turned judge who must deliver a ruling on the child’s fate. Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques, with an original score by David Reiffel. Free. July 10-27. Apollinaire Theatre Company. Mary O’Malley Park, Commandant’s Way, Chelsea. Information: 617-887-2336, www.apollinairetheatre.com. Performed in English on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and on Wed., July 17, and Wed., July 24. Performed in Spanish on Wed., July 10, and on Fridays.

DON AUCOIN

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