Theater & art

Week ahead: Theater, arts

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‘Night’ to remember

TWELFTH NIGHT Marianna Bassham excels in Shakespeare’s comedy as Viola, a woman disguised as a man who is being pursued by a woman but is in love with a man. With strong supporting performances from Kerry O’Malley, Remo Airaldi, and Fred Sullivan Jr. Directed by Steven Maler. Through Aug. 10. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, at Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. Free. Information at 617-426-0863,



THE VISIT Director John Doyle successfully streamlines the Kander & Ebb musical about a fabulously wealthy woman, played by the redoubtable Chita Rivera, who offers her impoverished hometown a lethal bargain: Kill her former lover and she’ll rescue the town financially. Through Aug. 17. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400,


ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS Writer-director Natsu Onoda Power delivers an exhilarating shot of adrenaline to the summer theater season with her multimedia sci-fi parable, built on the life and work of Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy. Through Aug. 16. Company One Theatre, at Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

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4000 MILES Boston stage stalwart Nancy E. Carroll is the reason to see this Obie Award-winning drama about a 91-year-old Greenwich Village grandmother and her 21-year-old grandson (Tom Rash), who has just survived a trauma on a cross-country bicycle ride. Through Aug. 17. Gloucester Stage Company. Gorton Theatre, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,


JULIUS CAESAR With this “bare Bard” production director, Tina Packer reminds us just how skillful she is at clearing away anything that might distract from William Shakespeare’s tale of ambition, pride, and political manipulation. Seven actors play more than 40 characters, morphing easily from distinct individuals — a husband and his heartbroken wife, a faithful servant and his master — to an angry mob, for an effect that is never less than exhilarating. Through Aug. 30. Shakespeare & Company, at Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,



FINDING NEVERLAND American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus is helming the world premiere of this new musical about author J.M. Barrie, based on the 2004 Miramax film (scripted by David Magee), that starred Johnny Depp as the playwright who found his muse when he befriended a family with a brood of young boys, and on Allan Knee’s play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan.’’ Barrie is portrayed at the ART by Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies: The Musical,’’ “Smash’’), costarring with Laura Michelle Kelly, who plays Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. With music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Through Sept. 28. American Repertory Theater, at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,


HER ACHING HEART In Bryony Lavery’s uproarious 1990 comedy, two contemporary women, Harriet and Molly, find themselves reading the same lesbian bodice ripper, “Her Aching Heart,” whose main characters are named Harriet and Molly. In both the novel and the play, Harriet and Molly fall in love, but not before the two actresses in this Nora Theatre production, Lynn R. Guerra as the Harriets and Aimee Rose Ranger as the Mollys, have had a field day spoofing gothic-romance conventions. Through Aug. 10. Nora Theatre Company, at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,




BEANTOWN TAPFEST Highlighting Julia Boynton’s fifth annual celebration is the showcase “ON TAP,” in which festival faculty strut their stuff to live music by jazz trio Zeke Martin & the Oracle. Hoofers include hometown faves Josh Hilberman (now residing in Belgium), Sean Fielder, and Khalid Hill, as well as Jamie Larowitz Sherman, Rocky Mendes, Lisa La Touche, and Ian Berg. Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., $20. Deborah Mason School of Dance, Somerville. 617-616-5124,

24-HOUR CHOREOFEST For the third year, Luminarium Dance Company hosts a marathon session of dance creativity. The overnight process, based on random themes that participants draw from a hat, is broadcast live on the Internet, and the new pieces are premiered in concert the next day. This year’s fest embraces dance styles ranging from contemporary to folk to burlesque, and creators include Luminarium, Lipstick Criminals, Monkeyhouse, Moving Target, Stefanie D. Belnavis, and the Chifferobe TropiGals. Performances Aug. 9 at 2 and 4 p.m., $15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-477-4494,

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival offers dance fans a rare opportunity to see this acclaimed Seattle-based company, which brings a diverse, provocative repertoire, including David Dawson’s upbeat “A Million Kisses to My Skin.” Songs of oppression and freedom sung by Haitian vocalist Toto Bissainthe inspired Nacho Duato’s “Rassemblement,” and Broadway veteran Susan Stroman set her jazzy “TAKE FIVE . . . More or Less” to music by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond. Through Aug. 10, $19-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

DAVID ROUSSÈVE / REALITY Roussève’s new “Stardust” portrays the coming-of-age of a young African-American gay teen searching for connection in today’s technology-driven culture. The 80-minute multimedia work features video projections and text and is fueled by original hip-hop music by d. Sabela grimes and lyrical standards by such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Through Aug. 10, $19-$38. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,



JANE D. MARSCHING: TEST SITE: SENSING AIR Marsching’s installations and actions engage metaphor to highlight issues of climate change and environmental degradation. Site-specific works utilize kites with laser-cut tails to forecast danger for local trees. Through Aug. 31. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, N.H. 603-675-2175,

SAM TRIOLI: S. Trioli explores the early, pivotal months of Harry S. Truman’s presidency. Portraits of Truman and his wife, Bess, plumb their relationship, amid World War II imagery and text pieces based on their letters. Through Aug. 12. Farm Project Space + Gallery, 15 Commercial St., Wellfleet. 617-650-9800,

PARKS AND RECREATION Summer shacks, long piers, campgrounds, and sailboats: Kick back and enjoy the summer with this group show juried by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s assistant curator, Lexi Lee Sullivan. Artists include Christ Faust and Sterling Mulbry. Through Sept. 26. Atlantic Wharf Gallery, 290 Congress St. 617-423-4299,

TWELVE NIGHTS Once a month, eight artists bring their nascent ideas to a critique group. This show traces those ideas to fruition, including how the evolution of a single work responds to questions the group raises. Artists include Stephanie Cardon and Todd Antonellis. Through Aug. 24. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. 617-482-7781,



RAGNAR KJARTANSSON: THE VISITORS A spellbinding, nine-screen video installation showing Kjartansson and a number of musician friends playing and singing in unison in the separate rooms of a mansion on the Hudson River. Through Nov. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

RAW COLOR: THE CIRCLES OF DAVID SMITH An installation of paintings and sculptures from a famous series made by the great American sculptor David Smith.Through Oct. 19. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303,

TURNER & THE SEA Turner’s vision of the sea as a stage fit for stirring drama is extensively demonstrated in this show organized by the National Maritime Museum in London. The great painter gives us the full treatment in a memorable show. Through Sept. 1. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 866-745-1876,

GOLD AND THE GODS: JEWELS OF ANCIENT NUBIA More than 100 dazzling works in gold and other materials from Ancient Nubia (now Sudan), all from the MFA’s superb collection. Through May 14. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,


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