Theater & art

The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

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Tap into ‘The Blues’

DORRANCE DANCE Michelle Dorrance has emerged as one of the hottest tickets in tap dance. Expect her dynamic footwork, vivid imagination, and sense of humor to be front and center in the world premiere of “The Blues Project,” a collaboration with composer/performer Toshi Reagon featuring live music and guest tappers Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Through July 28, $22-$43. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,





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

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA The swaggering ghost of Frank Sinatra hovers over this enjoyably jazzed-up, Las Vegas-themed production of Shakespeare’s comedy, which could be retitled “Two Guys and Two Dolls.’’ Directed by Steven Maler. Through July 28. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. On Boston Common. Free. For reserved chairs, which cost $35, or more information, 617-426-0863,

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PYGMALION Although Robert Sean Leonard’s portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins could use more bark and more bite, this is a beguiling production of George Bernard Shaw’s comedy, featuring a terrific Heather Lind as Eliza Doolittle. Director Nicholas Martin has devised a poignant visual coda that remains closer to the spirit of the original ending than “My Fair Lady’’ does but still manages to pluck the heartstrings. Through July 27. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400,

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN After portraying Shakespeare’s (renamed) magician Prospera in last summer’s production of “The Tempest,’’ Olympia Dukakis returns as Brecht’s canny war profiteer. July 26-Aug. 25. Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox. 413-637-3353,

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 (“The Last Five Years’’) and a book by Marsha Norman (“ ’night, Mother’’). Directed by Bartlett Sher, this world-premiere production stars Elena Shaddow as Francesca Johnson and Steven Pasquale as Robert Kincaid. Aug. 1-18. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400,



THE WIZARD OF OZ Transferring a beloved film to the stage can be daunting, but this production delivers an enchanting balance of familiar scenes with some surprisingly dramatic moments. Director and choreographer Joel Ferrell references the movie while making excellent use of David Coffee as the Wizard and Emerson College junior Danielle Bowen as a believable Dorothy. Through Aug. 4. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200,




L-E-V Sharon Eyal, who danced with Batsheva Dance Company for nearly two decades, and music/underground art events producer Gai Behar join forces to lead one of Israel’s most provocative new companies. In its US debut, the ensemble presents the sensuous evening-length “House” — for mature audiences only. Through July 28, $39-$65.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,

BEBE MILLER COMPANY Celebrating 25 years in dance, the internationally renowned postmodern choreographer’s latest work is a kind of retrospective. The evening-length “A History” uses the artistic relationship between longtime company dancers Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones to explore the experience of creating a new work, with video by Lily Skove and an installation by Maya Ciarrocchi. July 26-27, 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381,

TAPTHEYARD 2: A VINEYARD FESTIVAL OF RHYTHM AND BEATS This prestigious gathering spans 10 days and features rhythmic dance masters from around the country, including Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, the Wondertwins, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Jason Samuels Smith, and The Bang Group. A different show is promised at each concert. July 25-Aug. 3, $25-$35; $15 seniors, students, and military; Aug. 2 benefit, $75-$300. July 25-Aug. 1, Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Middle Road, Chilmark. Aug. 2-3, Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs. 508-645-9662,




JIM PETERS: NEW WORKS This satellite show of the painter’s retrospective at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum reflects his ongoing investigation of the nude, the body in space, and the tensions, delights, and projections found in intimate relationships. Through Aug. 7. ArtSTRAND, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1153,

NANCY WINSHIP MILLIKEN: YOUR STATEMENT IS INSIDE and KALIMAH MUHAMMAD: PILGRIMAGE Milliken uses locally harvested wool, along with silk and steel, in sculptures that play with light and movement. Muhammad monumentalizes moments from her own life in abstract sculptures. Through Aug. 4. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. 617-482-7781,

SPECTRA: GLASS WORKS Glass is one of those irresistible materials. It can be luminous and reflective. Artists can slump it, blow it, cast it, and sculpt it. This playful show features all that, in work by a slew of notable glass artists. Through Aug. 30. Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303,




LIFE’S WORK: TOM PHILLIPS AND JOHNNY CARRERA Tom Phillips’s conversion of a 19th-century novel into a work of art, more than half a century in the making, is the highlight of this show that also features the brilliant US artist Johnny Carrera. Through Jan. 20, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

WYETH VERTIGO Roughly 40 works by Andrew Wyeth, his father, N.C. Wyeth, and his son Jamie Wyeth, all focused on strange or unusual perspectives. A terrific show. Through Oct. 31. ShelbuRne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346,

TONY FEHER A survey of brightly colored but minimal sculptures made from humble and everyday materials — glass jars, marbles, colored liquids in plastic bottles, plastic crates, and so on. Through Sept. 15. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

WINSLOW HOMER: MAKING ART, MAKING HISTORY Highlights from the greatest collection of Homer’s work privately assembled after the artist’s death, now in the permanent collection of the Clark Art Institute. The show includes 11 paintings, 18 watercolors, and dozens of wood engravings, etchings, lithographs, and drawings. Through Sept. 8. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.eduSEBASTIAN SMEE

"Limbic" by Kathryn Parker Almanas.

"Limbic" by Kathryn Parker Almanas.

Organic art

KATHRYN PARKER ALMANAS: PRE-EXISTING CONDITION Ah, the pleasures and pains of the flesh! In photographs and collages, Almanas simultaneously seduces and repels by using pastry ingredients as stand-ins for bodily organs. Pictured: “Limbic.” Through Aug. 11. Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley St., Providence. 401-861-1535,



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