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If you’re really married to your onstage spouse, do your offstage issues make their way onto the stage? We’ll never know, but Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon probably have interesting pillow talk about their roles of Big Daddy and Big Mama in Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about greed, repression, lies, disappointment, and other happy stuff. Pictured: Madeleine Lambert as Maggie and Steven DeMarco as Brick. Thurs-Mon at 8 p.m. through Sept. 22. $27 and $37, $10 students and under 18. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Old Route 6 Road, Wellfleet. 508-349-9428. www.what.org



Something’s fishy At the “Seafood Throwdown,” local chefs work their culinary magic on fish from Red’s Best Seafood, and the first 50 registered guests get to taste. 3-5 p.m. Free. Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market, 230 Bowdoin St., Boston. 617-203-2073. www.facebook.com/bostoncollaborativefoodfitness/events

Mad man When director François Truffaut asked Alfred Hitchcock about existential dimensions in the crop duster scene in “North by Northwest,” Hitch replied: “I practice absurdity quite religiously!” Cary Grant stars in the 1959 film about a Madison Avenue ad man mistaken for someone else. 7 p.m. $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Cognitive clarity MIT associate professor of cognitive science Aude Oliva develops hybrid images that “change interpretation as a function of viewing distance. Hybrids combine the low-spatial frequencies of one picture with the high spatial frequencies of another picture producing an image with an interpretation that changes with viewing distance.” Get some clarity at “Eight Einsteins.” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (permanent exhibit). $10; $5 students, seniors, under 18; free under 5. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927. www.web.mit.edu/museum


Maritime good time If you hang around Gloucester Harbor Friday, you’ll spot some gorgeous schooners. These sailing ships with two or more masts arrive for the three-day Gloucester Schooner Festival, which includes Saturday’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour (10 a.m.), Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), a lobster bake (4-7 p.m.), concert (7 p.m.), boat “Parade of Lights” (7:30 p.m.), and fireworks (9:15 p.m.). Sunday features the Parade of Sail (10:30 a.m.-noon) and Mayor’s Race (1 p.m.). Aug. 30 arrival of vessels throughout the day. (Through Sept. 1; Sept. 2 rain date.) Most activities are free. Harbor Loop, downtown Gloucester. 978-281-0470. www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

End of summer Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a summer theater staple which gets another treatment by New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company. Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. and
2 p.m. Free (first-come, first-serve basis; for ages 12 and older). Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487. www.newrep.org


Aht smaht Start your Labor Day weekend at the Boston Arts Festival (dubbed ähts), where visual artists and performers give you a reason to forge into fall. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from noon-8 p.m. (Aug. 31 fireworks at
9 p.m.). Free. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Boston. 617-635-3911. www.cityofboston.gov/arts