Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Theater

T Charles Erickson

HAPGOOD Kate Burton (pictured, with Jake Weber) delivers an exquisite, subtly virtuosic performance in Tom Stoppard’s Cold War-era drama about a British spymaster caught up in the search for whoever is apparently leaking top-secret scientific research to the Soviet Union. Directed by Evan Yionoulis, with a top-notch cast. Through July 21. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400,

HOW WE GOT ON The New England premiere of Idris Goodwin’s coming-of-age play about three suburban Midwesterners in the late 1980s who begin to explore the creative possibilities of hip-hop. Directed by Summer L. Williams. Through Aug. 17. Company One. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,


NORTH SHORE FISH Israel Horovitz’s 1986 drama about workers in a Gloucester fish-packing plant, confronting ominous signs that their livelihood might be in jeopardy. Directed by Robert Walsh and featuring Nancy E. Carroll. Through Aug. 4. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

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 Portugal?’’ 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. Through Aug. 10. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-349-6800,


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