HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLINA lively and affectionate portrait that draws on the populist gifts of composer and performer alike. Berlin’s ubiquity — 1,500 songs, many classics — means he is always in danger of being taken for granted. But Felder shows us the man behind all that music while giving free rein to his own joy in showmanship. Directed by Trevor Hay. Through Aug. 2. Production by Eighty Eight Entertainment, Eva Price, Samantha F. Voxakis, and Karen Racanelli. Presented by ArtsEmerson.
At Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.arts
emerson.orgBELLS ARE RINGINGKate Baldwin’s talents were largely wasted in “Big Fish’’ on Broadway two years ago, but this production offers the versatile singer-actress a chance to shine and she proceeds to do just that. With a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and a score by Jule Styne, this 1956 musical is about a telephone-answering service employee who can’t help getting involved in the lives of her clients, especially a stalled playwright played by Baldwin’s husband, Graham Rowat. Directed by Ethan Heard. Through July 26. Berkshire Theatre Group, at Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org
OUT OF STERNOPaula Plum’s visually inventive production delivers on the farcical humor and the deeper resonance of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedy. Amanda Collins excels as a young woman whose bumpy journey of self-discovery begins when she walks out the door of the apartment her husband has forbidden her to leave for seven years. With an indelible performance by Jennifer Ellis as the raucous proprietor of a beauty emporium. Through July 18. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com
NORTHSIDE HOLLOWWritten and directed by Jonathan Fielding and Brenda Withers, this new drama focuses on a miner (Robert Kropf) trapped underground after an explosion and the first responder (Alex Pollock) who attempts to rescue him.
July 16-Aug. 8. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-514-1763, www.harborstage.org
COLOSSALAndrew Hinderaker’s play focuses on the fallout from a devastating football injury. This production, directed by Summer L. Williams and featuring a dance troupe and a drumline, will be part of the National New Play Network’s “rolling world premiere’’ of “Colossal.’’ July 17-
Aug. 15. Company One Theatre. Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org
ALONZO KING LINES BALLET This dazzlingly proficient and elegant San Francisco-based company shares three of King’s ballets, including the East Coast premiere of the new “Biophony,” a collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause (“The Great Animal Orchestra”) and composer Richard Blackford. Through July 19, $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobs
COMPANY WANG RAMIREZThe virtuosic French-Spanish b-boy Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, a luminous German dancer with Korean roots, present their provocative signature piece “Monchichi,” a kind of choreographic self portrait that theatrically blends contemporary and street dance styles to explore intercultural differences within relationships. Through July 19, $25-$35. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org
SEAN DORSEY DANCEBates Dance Festival presents the East Coast premiere of “The Missing Generation,” a dance-theater work that explores the early devastation of AIDS on the gay and transgender community. A transgender artist, Dorsey was named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch,” and this acclaimed work features true life stories and an original score.
July 16-18, $12-$25. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdancefestival.org
DANCE FESTIVALThis annual four-day celebration brings together a wide variety of teachers, choreographers, and performers. An intensive experience for dance enthusiasts, it offers concert performances for the public in three different locations around the area featuring a host of notable dancers in a range of genres, from contemporary-modern and ballet to the hoofing of Tapella and Ryan P. Casey to traditional Korean dance. July 16-19, $12-$32 (some events free). Brattleboro, Vt. 301-613-8857, www.southernvermontdance
DAMIEN HOAR DE GALVAN: WAKE UPHoar de Galvan’s double-sided sculptures balance improvisational play with fastidious, painstaking structure. He cuts reclaimed, often painted wood into strips, which he glues together in geometric patterns that form sometimes oddball shapes. Through Aug. 22. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave.
IMAGINARIUM Barrett humorously skewers traditional portraiture. Starting with collage and following up in paint, she depicts well-to-do androgynous figures in period dress, frolicking and in repose, in works that play with and against expectations about gender and class. Through Sept. 5. Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St.
PERFORMANCE ART x ART THAT PERFORMS Rick Dorff’s three-part kinetic light installation is the centerpiece, as performance artists, musicians, acrobats, and others perform short, interactive works that trigger its motion and sound sensors. 8 p.m., July 18-19. Channel Center Garage, 116 West First St., South Boston. 617-750-8900, www.fortpointtheatre
VAN GOGH AND NATURE The great Dutch artist’s passionate investigations into the natural world are the subject of this ambitious show, featuring 40 paintings and 10 drawings. Through Sept. 13. Clark Art Institute.
WHISTLER’S MOTHER Whistler’s most famous painting — properly titled “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother,” and owned by the Musee d’Orsay in Paris — features as the centerpiece of a small selection of other Whistler works, many from the collection of the Colby College Museum of Art. Through Sept. 27. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu
ALL AT ONCE The first museum survey of the celebrated sculptor, who works primarily in clay and was recently an artist in residence at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. Through Sept. 7. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org
SELECTIONS FROM THE
MAINE ART MUSEUM TRAIL A selection of works from the collections of the museums that make up the Maine Art Museum Trail (founded in 1997). Includes works by Marsden Hartley from Bates College and by Winslow Homer from Bowdoin College, and many more. Through Sept. 20. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org
Jim Dow: Taco Trucks,
Taquerias, and Carritos
Dow photographs the humble splendor of American taco trucks and their forebears, Mexican taquerias and Uruguayan carritos — family-run carts and trucks with elaborate signage and offerings that fill the belly. Through Sept. 12. Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri, 500 Harrison Ave. 617-267-7997, www.robertkleingallery.com CATE McQUAIDKaren Campbell can be reached at email@example.com.