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    The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

    “Sunset and Sea Fog.”
    Bowdoin College Museum of Art
    “Sunset and Sea Fog.”


    HELLO, DOLLY! As the human steamroller who goes by the name of Dolly Gallagher Levi, Beth Leavel is a treat, partly because of the nicely sardonic flavor she brings to this iconic role. In her rendition of the ebullient “Before the Parade Passes By,’’ you may detect echoes of Leavel’s anthem-spoofing performance of “As We Stumble Along’’ in “The Drowsy Chaperone.’’ Directed by Mark Martino. Through Aug. 17. Cape Playhouse, Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Dennis. 508-385-3911,

    THIS IS OUR YOUTH It’s almost as if a question mark should be appended to the title. Under the direction of Lewis D. Wheeler, with fine performances by Alex Pollock, Amanda Collins, and Jimi Stanton, this production of Kenneth
    Lonergan’s play adds up to a raw, sometimes funny, often
    unsettling portrait of young New Yorkers stuck in a dead end and uncertain how to get out. Through Aug. 25. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

    ODYSSEO This one rides on horsepower all the way. The brainchild of Cirque du Soleil cofounder Normand Latourelle, it’s a transporting spectacle that imaginatively and elegantly fuses highly stylized equestrian arts with Cirque-style atmospherics, acrobatics, and aerial stunts. Extended through Sept. 1. Cavalia. Assembly Square, Somerville. 866-999-8111,


    WICKED The hard-to-resist musical about the witches of Oz is back, in a production featuring an excellent performance by Jenn Gambatese as Glinda, Alison Luff in the role of Elphaba, and none other than John Davidson as the Wizard. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. Through Sept. 15. Broadway in Boston. At Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787,

    Don Aucoin

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    ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR In the right hands, this black farce from Alan Ayckbourn about the crumbling of the British upper class can be absurdly painful or absurdly funny. Nora Theatre Company’s production is both, abetted by Brynna Bloomfield’s deftly distinguished three kitchen sets, Daniel Gidron’s pointed direction, and a sextet of accomplished actors who transcend the isolation of their characters and turn Ayckbourn’s singular into a wistful plural. Through Aug. 25. Nora Theatre Company at the Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

    Jeffrey Gantz



    BOSTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL Urbanity Dance sponsors this second annual gathering in which 35 companies from around the country offer free workshops, classes, and panel discussions (Aug. 16) and three different ticketed concerts (Aug. 17 at noon, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Highlights include performances by Robert Moses’ Kin, Alaska Dance Theatre and ELSCO Dance. $20-$75. Paramount Center. 617-572-3727,

    25 years with the New York City Ballet, the stunning prima ballerina channels her “restless” artistry into a suite of world premiere contemporary duets created and danced in collaboration with four dynamite choreographers — Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish,
    Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo. Through Aug. 18, $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,


    LA OTRA ORILLA The Montréal-based company (it means “the other shore”) founded by flamenco dancer Myriam Allard and singer Hedi “el Moro” Graja is known for infusing flamenco dance with a contemporary sensibility and enriching it with
    provocative stagecraft, video, and, of course, live music. Through Aug. 18, $22-$38. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,

    DOUG ELKINS CHOREOGRAPHY, ETC. Shakespeare meets Motown? The wildly imaginative creator of “Fräulein Maria” and his talented crew perform “Mo(or)town/Redux,” inspired by Limon’s seminal “The Moor’s Pavane,” and share an early glimpse of their latest endeavor, “Hapless Bizarre.” Aug. 15 and 17. $25; $15 seniors, students, and military. The Yard, Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Middle Road, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,

    Karen Campbell



    RAUL GONZALEZ III: LOS NUEVOS GUERREROS In works on paper, Gonzalez draws on a variety of graphic arts to lament man’s inhumanity to man. Come October he and Elaine Bay have an exhibit at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art. Through Aug. 31. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,

    ROSE CHERUBINI The Boston fashion designer turns 100 this year. Working in materials from silk to burlap, Cherubini, who specialized in bridal gowns, developed a name as an innovator, and was once enlisted by John Glenn to design an “orbit dress” for his wife. Through Aug. 31. Samson, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-357-7177,


    PAT FALCO: JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE Falco’s deadpan, text-and-illustration-based works — including paintings, photos, and altered found objects — are installed salon-style, flooding the gallery with dry humor underlined with an element of pathos. Through Sept. 7. Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

    THE BEADMAKER’S ART Artists have been stringing, weaving, and otherwise embellishing with beads for centuries. This group show is a funky and eclectic mix, from light-hearted pieces such as Linda Dolack’s beaded junk-food sculptures to Jeanette Ahlgren’s elegant, open vessels. Through Sept. 7. Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge. 617-876-2109,

    Cate McQuaid



    BARRY MCGEE A midcareer survey of the popular San Francisco-based artist who has made a dynamic shift from street art into galleries and museums. Through Sept. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

    COLBY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART Marking this acclaimed museum’s bicentenary, Colby College has opened a new, 26,000-square-foot addition, the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, and a raft of exciting new shows, including works from the Lunder Collection, more than 500 works recently donated. Through June 8, 2014. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600,

    JASON MIDDLEBROOK: MY LANDSCAPE Tall slices of freshly milled timber painted with geometric patterns and large scale panoramic drawings by this exciting young artist. The centerpiece of the gallery is a waterfall made from rehabilitated wedges of Styrofoam. Through April 7, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

    Sebastian Smee


    Leisure time

    MAURICE PRENDERGAST BY THE SEA A retrospective of the great early American modernist’s work, focusing on his depictions of leisure activities by the sea. Through Oct. 13. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275,

    Sebastian Smee