Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Theater

John Dolan

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY First it was a mega-selling novel by Robert James Waller, then a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Now it’s a musical, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Marsha Norman. Directed by Bartlett Sher, this world-premiere production stars Elena Shaddow and Steven Pasquale (pictured). Through Aug. 18. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400,

THIS IS OUR YOUTH Kenneth Lonergan’s study of youthful ennui and dissolution on the Upper West Side during the early 1980s stars Alex Pollock, Jimi Stanton, and Amanda Collins. Directed by Lewis D. Wheeler. Through Aug. 25. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

HOW WE GOT ON An exuberantly high-energy show about the way dreams are born and pursued that demands to be seen, heard, experienced, felt. Summer L. Williams directs Idris Goodwin’s coming-of-age play about suburban Midwesterners in the late 1980s who forge a bond as they explore the creative possibilities of hip-hop. Through Aug. 17. Company One, Boston. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,


ROOMS: A ROCK ROMANCE Monica, a striving singer-songwriter (played by Ashley Korolewski), teams up with Ian, an introverted rock musician (Michael Levesque). They travel a bumpy professional and personal path from Glasgow to London to New York. Directed by Daniel Morris. With music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman and a book by Goodman and Miriam Gordon. Through Aug. 25. Bad Habit Productions. Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.badhabitproductions.orgDON AUCOIN