Theater & art


Upcoming arts events around Boston

Erich Ludwi
Somerville Dance Fest.

Layered performance

SOMERVILLE DANCE FEST The goal of the dozen dance troupes participating in this intriguing outdoor celebration is to integrate live dance with video projected onto a front scrim, giving each artistic layer equal importance. Familiar New England groups like Zoe Dance, Weber Dance, Kelley Donovan, and Luminarium Dance will share the stage with performers from Ireland, New York, and Philadelphia. Presented by the Somerville Arts Council and Zoe Dance. July 27, 7-10 p.m. Free. Union Square Plaza, Somerville. 617-625-6600,

Karen Campbell


A THOUSAND CLOWNS A fleet production, directed by Kyle Fabel, that reminds us how much pure pleasure can be delivered by a comic craftsman working at the top of his game, as the late Herb Gardner was when he concocted this 1962 celebration of individualism and lament for its passing. Through
July 28. Presented by Berkshire Theatre Group. At Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-298-5576, www.berkshire

TOTEM Virtuosity topped with Vegas cheese: It’s the tried-and-true Cirque du Soleil recipe, and it works well in this show, written and directed by the ubiquitous Robert Lepage, a man who knows a thing or two about juggling. Through Aug. 5. Presented by Cirque du Soleil. At Big Top, Boston Marine Industrial Park. 800-450-1480,

Don Aucoin


SAVING KITTY The title character is a young woman who brings her boyfriend home to meet her parents, but Marisa Smith’s new play is all about celebrating Kitty’s mother, Kate. As this sharp satire with a predictable plot jabs cleverly at politics and pretensions, we can’t take our eyes off the inventive Laura Esterman, whose Kate is a force of nature. Through July 28. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet. 508-349-9428,

Terry Byrne

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ANNIE “Tomorrow” aside, this is the musical without memorable music, and there’s not much depth in the story. But this production, headed by a sweet Lauren Weintraub in the title role and a lovable Raymond Jaramillo McLeod as Daddy Warbucks, has enough deft touches and period flavor to be worth a visit. Through July 29. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200,

CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL!!! Based on NPR’s popular call-in program, this show might seem an unlikely proposition. But with the help of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who contributed their voices to the project, Wesley Savick has cobbled a wacky plot, clever song parodies, the brothers’ trademark outrageous puns, and a fine cast into a production that’s running like a top. Extended through Sept. 2. Presented by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University.
At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquare

Jeffrey Gantz


HOW TO PASS, KICK, FALL AND RUN Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Rashaun Mitchell was awarded a special fellowship from the late choreographer’s trust to restage this Cunningham classic. The work will be performed alongside mini-stories from John Cage’s “Indeterminacy,” read live by actor Oliver Platt and poet Robert Pinsky. Presented by Summer Stages Dance and the Institute of Contemporary Art. July 26-27. $25, $20 students. Institute of Contemporary Art. 978-402-2339,

STORY/TIME The inimitable Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company also takes inspiration from Cage’s “Indeterminacy.” As the dance of Jones’s new “Story/Time” unfolds in the Ted Shawn Theatre, the choreographer shares 70 of his own minute-long personal stories and reflections. In the Doris Duke Theatre, contemporary ballet troupe Jessica Lang Dance makes its full-company debut. Through July 29. $35-$64. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,


KATE WEARE COMPANY The touchstone of this acclaimed New York choreographer and her troupe is a commitment to finding connections and resonance between bodies in space. The recent “Garden,” which the company presents as part of the Bates Dance Festival, explores fluctuating balances of power in relationships. July 27-28. $24, $18 seniors, $12 students. Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, Lewiston, Maine.
207-786-6381, www.batesdance

Karen Campbell


JAMIE O'NEILL: TUNNEL VISION Graffiti, graphic design, and hyperrealism come together in O'Neill's paintings of trains, tunnels, and deserted cityscapes. Using saturated tones, telescoped perspectives, and keen detailing, he ramps up the viewer's sense of place, space, and movement. Through Aug. 28. Lot F Gallery, 145 Pearl St. 617-426-1021, www.lotf

ANNA POOR, SARAH LUTZ, FRANCIS OLSCHAFSKIE Sculptor Poor's works in white bronze and alabaster recall fetish objects. Painter Lutz makes collisions of abstract and natural in bright hues and painterly heaps. Photographer Olschafskie explores the human penchant for projection. Through Aug. 9. ArtSTRAND, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1153, www.artstrand

PLAY BALL Eleven Fort Point artists commemorate Fenway Park's centennial in a show that includes homages to players of yesteryear, documentary photos, renderings of the stadium, an interactive sculpture, and more. Artists include Laura Davidson and Danny O. Through Oct. 26. Atlantic Wharf Gallery, 290 Congress St. 617-423-4299, www.fort

Cate McQuaid


OH, CANADA An ambitious, large-scale survey of the best of contemporary art from Canada. Through April 1, 2013. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,


MAKING A PRESENCE: F. HOLLAND DAY IN ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY Ninety works presenting an overview of this fascinating Pictorialist photographer. Includes portraits of Day by his photographer peers. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover.

JOSIAH MCELHENY: SOME PICTURES OF THE INFINITE Cosmic questions addressed by this talented and internationally acclaimed Boston-born artist. Through Oct. 14. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston

MARSDEN HARTLEY: SOLILOQUY IN DOGTOWN A selection of brilliant paintings made in Cape Ann in the early 1930s by one of America’s greatest 20th-century painters. Through Oct. 14. Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester. 978-283-0445,

Sebastian Smee

Looming inspiration

FALLEN CAVE PAINTINGS: MOUHOU, TOURIA, AND ZAHRA American artist Terra Fuller (“Touria”) spent two years in the desert plains of Morocco, and her video of the experience accompanies hand-loomed works by her nomadic carpet-weaving Moroccan mentors, Zahra Ait Eshu and Mouhou Boussine. Pictured: an untitled rug woven by Boussine. Through Aug. 30. Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, 300 Summer St. 617-423-4299,

Cate McQuaid