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    “The Lion in Winter.”
    Abby LePage
    “The Lion in Winter.”

    A regal ‘Lion’

    THE LION IN WINTER A royally entertaining match of wits and wills, with Treat Williams as a ruggedly charismatic King Henry II and Jayne Atkinson skillfully blending fire and ice in her portrayal of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Director Robert Moss demonstrates a sure hand on the reins as he guides a strong ensemble through James Goldman’s 1966 play, proving this warhorse still has plenty of giddyup. Through July 13. Berkshire Theatre Group. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,

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    THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA An early Shakespeare comedy in which one of the gentlemen of the title becomes smitten with the other’s beloved, and knavery ensues. This production, directed by Steven Maler, choreographed by Yo-el Cassell, and featuring a five-piece jazz band, is described as “inspired by Rat Pack-era Vegas.’’ Free. July 6-28. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Boston Common. For reserved chairs, which cost $35, or for additional information, 617-426-0863,

    THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Bertolt Brecht’s drama entwines the stories of Grusha, a kitchen maid who cares for an abandoned child, and Azdak, an impoverished, drunken, intellectual scribe turned judge who must deliver a ruling on the child’s fate. Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques, with an original score by David Reiffel. Free. July 10-27. Apollinaire Theatre Company. Mary O’Malley Park, Commandant’s Way, Chelsea. Information: 617-887-2336, Performed in English on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and on Wed., July 17, and Wed., July 24. Performed in Spanish on Wed., July 10, and on Fridays.




    CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET The talented dancers of this New York-based troupe apply their considerable skills to a variety of edgy contemporary choreography in this program of works by Kidd Pivot artistic director Crystal Pite, Nederlands Dans Theater associate choreographer Alexander Ekman, and Norwegian choreographer Jo Stromgren. Through July 7. $39-$75, $19 age 18-35 on Friday. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

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    A RITE The Bard SummerScape festival commissioned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company to create a work commemorating the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking “Rite of Spring.” July 6-7. $25-$55. Sosnoff Theater, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-7900,

    BRAIN STORM The Rhode Island-based company Everett marries dance with scientific research and personal stories to explore the most intricate and complex organ in the human body, the brain. July 5-6. $25; $15 seniors, students, and military. The Yard, Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Middle Road, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,

    SHANTALA SHIVALINGAPPA While her work is deeply rooted in the expressive flow and narrative flair of classical South Indian dance, this internationally acclaimed dancer also draws from her experiences working with other intriguing creators, ranging from legendary choreographer Pina Bausch to director Peter Brook. July 3-7. $22-$38. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,



    OCCUPY(ING) THE PRESENT Seventeen temporary site-specific sculptures join works already up along the East Boston waterfront. The art addresses environmental issues, celebrates water, and plays with the history and surroundings of the shipyard. Through Sept. 22. Harbor Arts, Boston Harbor Shipyard, 256 Marginal St., East Boston. 617-568-0000,


    RAUL GONZALEZ: GRAN EXITO Y LA OBRE DE SOBREVIVIR Gonzalez, raised along the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, creates an immersive, multimedia installation about an impoverished, violent dystopia he calls Tranquilandia. Through Aug. 15. Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery, Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence. 978-685-2543,

    The painters in these two solo shows each approach the canvas as a journal. Texeira abstracts the people she encounters; Duennebier records the pauses in her life. Through Aug. 3. Lincoln Arts Project, 289 Moody St., Waltham.

    Brown uses live plants, minerals, and found objects to explore the juncture and symbiosis between nature and culture. The results might be mutant monstrosities, or metaphors for the physical and metaphysical connections among all things here on earth. Through July 28. Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave.



    WYETH VERTIGO Presents 36 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,

    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. Through Sept. 8. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303,


    IN CONVERSATION: MODERN AFRICAN AMERICAN ART A lively survey of photographs, paintings, and sculptures by African Americans from the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights era and beyond. Through Sept. 2. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem 978-745-9500,