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Fit as a fiddler

For its 45th anniversary season, Reagle Music Theatre of Boston brings back a favorite. The Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” stars Scott Wahle (above) as the Jewish dairyman Tevye, a simple villager dealing with the not-so-simple task of raising five daughters in Czarist Russia. As the familial and political struggles unfold, classic songs like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and “If I Were a Rich Man” are sung, and Jerome Robbins’s choreography is re-created. July 11 and 14, 2 p.m. July 12-13, 7:30 p.m. Additional shows through July 21. $35-$57, seniors $3 off, ages 5-18 $25. Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600,


Rebel sister It’s a good thing Suzanne is a committed abbess, because she has to deal with a system that doles out more rules than compassion in Guillaume Nicloux’s “The Nun.” The 2013 film opens the Boston French Film Festival. A discussion with the director follows the screenings. July 11, 7:30 p.m. July 13, 12:30 p.m. $15, $12 students and seniors. Festival through July 28. Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium, Boston. 800-440-6975,

Color your world The light, bright summer is one of the things that gets us through the dark, drab winter. Brickbottom Artists Association celebrates the season with “Summer Color” featuring painting, photography, and sculpture by more than 20 artists. July 11-Aug. 17. Thurs-Sat, noon-5 p.m. Reception July 11, 6-8 p.m. Free. Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. 617-776-3410,


Get Hitch How do you make the summer of 2013 the summer of suspense? Spend a lot of time at the Harvard Film Archive. “The Complete Alfred Hitchcock” offers a retrospective of the director’s work, including nine newly restored silents. The horror gets underway tonight with “Vertigo.” July 11, 7 p.m. $9, $7 students and seniors. Series through Sept. 28. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700,


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Killer musical You wouldn’t think John Hinckley Jr., Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, and other men and women who tried to kill American presidents would be fodder for musical comedy, but they are in the hands of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company presents “Assassins.” July 12-13,
8 p.m. July 14, 2 p.m. Through July 20. $26, $21 students and
seniors. Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box, 321 Arsenal St.,
Watertown. 617-945-0773,

Internet loss Brenna can’t find her soulmate, but it’s not for lack of using Google. Boston Actors Theater presents “Paper City Phoenix” by Walt McGough, a comedy about human connection in the Internet age. July 12-13, 8 p.m. July 14, 2 p.m. More shows through July 27. $20, $15 seniors, $10 students. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111,


All in a day’s work Fresh Ink Theatre and Interim Writers’ fund-raiser “The Mad Dash: A Theatrical Endeavor in 24 Hours” hands local playwrights a prompt and gives them 12 hours to produce scripts, which are handed off to eight directors, who are supplied with a cast and a few hours rehearsal time. Then, it’s showtime for eight original 10-minute plays. July 13, 8 p.m. $20, $15 advance. Central Square YMCA, 820 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. www.freshink