Theater & art

The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

Shelley Paulson

Mane attraction

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. 15. Cavalia. Assembly Square, Somerville. 866-999-8111, DON AUCOIN

Don Aucoin


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,

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE Home is where the hate is in Martin McDonagh’s chilling 1996 drama about a mother, played by Tina Packer as a kind of living gargoyle, and her embittered, middle-aged daughter, portrayed by Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Directed by Matthew Penn. Through Sept. 15. Shakespeare & Company, at Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,


Don Aucoin


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ANNA CHRISTIE Rebecca Brooksher is magnetic in Eugene O’Neill’s 1921 seaborne drama, vividly portraying a streetwise loner seeking a new start. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn directs this potent examination of love and fate. Through Aug. 31. Berkshire Theatre Group, at Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,

Jeremy Goodwin



YARDWORKS The Yard’s summer dance season finale, directed by Jesse Keller and Alison Manning, gathers together staff, interns, and the Vineyard improvisational company What’s Written Within for a wide-ranging showcase. Aug. 30-31, $25; $15 seniors, students, and military. The Yard, Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Middle Road, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,

Karen Campbell




LAUREN EWING: IMAGINATION AND THE FOLD Starting with the shape of the hat depicted in Jan van Eyck’s “Man With a Turban,” Ewing investigates in her paintings how hidden folds create a form, and then extrapolates her theme to explore 20th-century abstraction. Aug. 30-Sept. 18. Schoolhouse Gallery, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4800,

BAHAR YURUKOGLU: MELTING NORTH The photographer introduces sculptural elements into her Icelandic landscapes and into the exhibition itself. These bright, planar Plexiglas objects call attention to how light plays across the environments they inhabit. Through Sept. 21. 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

SILAS FINCH: COLD CONNECTION Finch fashions his sculptures from found objects, attaching one part to the next with screws, pins, and tethers, not forcing but feeling by hand how they fit together into something new, yet familiar. Through Sept. 18. FARM Project Space + Gallery, 15 Commercial St., Wellfleet. 617-650-9800,

Cate McQuaid



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,


ACROSS THE GRAIN: TURNED AND CARVED WOOD Carved, turned, reassembled, and repurposed pieces of art made from wood, some drawn from the permanent collection, the majority drawn from 15 lenders in eight states. Through Sept. 22. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000,

COLBY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART Marking this acclaimed museum’s bicentenary, Colby College will open 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 to Colby. Through June 8, 2014. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600,

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 a show that features the brilliant US artist Johnny Carrera. Through Jan. 20, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

Sebastian Smee


Michael McKinnell and Stephanie Mallis.

‘Summer’ time

MICHAEL McKINNELL AND STEPHANIE MALLIS Better known as architects — McKinnell helped design Boston City Hall — this married couple exhibits paintings for the first time. Mallis crafts lively, gestural florals; McKinnell makes Cubist-tinged still lifes and striking abstractions of local quarries. Pictured: “Summer” by Stephanie Mallis. Through Sept. 14. Mercury Gallery, 20 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7620,

Cate McQuaid