A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Though it’s best known for “Send in the Clowns,’’ this 1973 Stephen Sondheim musical about romantic misadventures at a country estate in turn-of-the-century Sweden abounds with other gems, including “The Glamorous Life,’’ “You Must Meet My Wife,’’ “Every Day a Little Death,’’ and “The Miller’s Son.’’ Featuring Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman, Penny Fuller, Graham Rowat, and Maureen O’Flynn. Directed by Ethan Heard. June 30-July 19. Berkshire Theatre Group. At
Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.
SMART PEOPLE Lydia R. Diamond’s splendid new Cambridge-based play sifts through the implications of research that suggests racism might be hard-wired into the human brain, while showcasing a quartet of complex, flawed, intriguing, and, yes, smart people who register as much more than delivery systems for polemical freight. Directed by Peter DuBois. Through July 6. Huntington Theatre Company, at Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts.
I AM A CAMERA Ruby Wolf dazzles as a pre-“Cabaret” Sally Bowles. Go, so you can say you saw her when. Through July 19. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet. 508-349-9428, www.what.org
AMALUNA is back with its big top, this time performing a female-centered spectacle (pictured) that combines Las Vegas razzle-dazzle with refined art. Directed by Diane Paulus, who is also artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, the production is based loosely on “The Tempest,” with a female Prospera who manipulates the natural world. This outing is more plot-based than previous Cirque shows, which gives it an intimacy and ties the circus acts together. Yes, you can expect the usual Cirque derring-do, with Spandex-clad performers swinging perilously through the air. But one new act is not to be missed: A character called the Balance Goddess makes a sculpture out of giant palm leaf ribs, and the effect is at once graceful and gripping. Through July 6. Boston Marine Industrial Park. 800-450-1480, www.cirquedu
PATTI HARTIGANDon Aucoin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.