Theater & art

Critics’ picks: Theater

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,

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. Through July 28. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Boston Common. For reserved chairs, which cost $35, or for additional
information, 617-426-0863,


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.



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