Boston-area to do list

Andrew Brilliant


First night Listen for these quotes at the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Free Shakespeare on the Common production of “Twelfth Night.” “I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.” “O, had I but followed the arts!” “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” Enjoy the adventures of twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated by a shipwreck. 8 p.m. (through Aug. 10; Greenshow performance one hour prior by actors from the Apprentice Program). Free. Boston Common. 617-426-0863.


She, he, he, he Stay with us: Marenka loves Jenik but is betrothed to Vasek, who is the son of Micha, who is also the father of Jenik, but he doesn’t know it. Midsummer Opera presents Bedrich Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride,” a comedy conducted by Susan Davenny Wyner. 7:30 p.m. (through July 27; lecture one hour before each performance). $40-$60. Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-227-0442.

Iceland via Sweden Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson got the title for his video installation “The Visitors” from the 1981 album of the same name by the Swedish pop band ABBA. The installation (called a “durational performance”) stars the artist’s musician friends who got together at Rokeby Farm in upstate New York. Wednesday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Nov. 2). $15, $13 seniors, $10 students, free for age 17 and under and for everyone Thursdays 5-9 p.m. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100.



A room with a view Sounds like a quiet night at home. In Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” ex-lovers meet in a motel to verbally and emotionally pulverize each other, themselves, and their relationship. Presented by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. July 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 2). $55. ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-3400.

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Foot-stompin’ fun According to, zydeco is “a blues-influenced type of Cajun dance music popular in Louisiana and Texas, and usually played on accordion, guitar, and violin.” According to us, it’s Buckwheat Zydeco, the Grammy-winning band led by Stanley “Buckwheat’ Dural Jr. July 24 at 8 p.m. $20-$35. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. 508-487-5400.

Peter without Gordon His life as a performer, music executive, producer, manager, and songwriter are covered by the raconteur himself in “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the ’60s and Beyond.” Peter and Gordon hits including “I Go to Pieces,” “True Love Ways,” “Lady Godiva,” and “World Without Love” are on the agenda along with film footage. July 24 at 6:30 p.m. $28. Johnny D’s,
17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.

King for a day Instead of a May Queen, there is a May King in Benjamin Britten’s silly opera, “Albert Herring,” presented by Boston Opera Collaborative. When the town of Loxford, England, can’t come up with ladies who are innocent enough to be May Queen, they settle on the town’s shy greengrocer. July 24 at 7:30 p.m. (through July 27). Free (tickets required). Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester. 617-517-5883.

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