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Arts: the week ahead

MY FAIR LADY A charming production of the classic Lerner & Loewe musical, with Lisa O’Hare (pictured, left, with Sarah deLima) captivating as Eliza Doolittle and Charles Shaughnessy acquitting himself well as Professor Henry Higgins. Through Sunday. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org DON AUCOIN MY FAIR LADY A charming production of the classic Lerner & Loewe musical, with Lisa O’Hare (pictured, left, with Sarah deLima) captivating as Eliza Doolittle and Charles Shaughnessy acquitting himself well as Professor Henry Higgins. Through Sunday. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org DON AUCOIN (Paul Lyden)
June 16, 2011

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THEATER

RICHARD III and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Talk about your mood swings. Under the expert direction of Edward Hall, “Richard III’’ is a shiver-inducing portrait of a silky psychopath (the excellent Richard Clothier) who kills his way to the top. By contrast, “Comedy’’ (also directed by Hall) delivers the simple pleasures of knockabout farce. “Richard III’’ is a must-see, “Comedy’’ is a should-see. Through Sunday. Production by Propeller Theatre Company, presented by Boston University School of Theatre in Association with Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Karen MacDonald, Thomas Derrah, Will McGarrahan, and the rest of the cast shine in this joyously goofy — or is it goofily joyous? — musical-within-a-comedy. Through Sunday. SpeakEasy Stage Company. Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

DON AUCOIN

JIHAD JONES AND THE KALASHNIKOV BABES Robert Kropf’s fast-paced direction and a terrific ensemble capture the wit of Yussef El Guindi’s satire while overcoming some of the playwright’s heavy-handed sermonizing. Through June 25. Julie Harris Stage, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. 508-349-9428, www.what.org

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE A superb production, under the direction of Jeff Zinn, of a light farce in which playwright Martin McDonagh puts aside any deeper interest in human frailty and instead delivers a wild and crazy tale that’s just plain fun. Through July 2. Harbor Stage, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. 508-349-9428, www.what.org

TERRY BYRNE

THE MOUNTAIN SONG Theater is the art of making something out of nothing, and there’s plenty of that magic in this ensemble piece by the PigPen Theatre Company, which incorporates tall tales, puppets, Appalachian-flavored live original music, and no small amount of imagination. Through June 25. Presented by Company One. At Calderwood Pavilion, Rehearsal Hall A, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org

JEFFREY GANTZ

WOMEN OF WILL: THE COMPLETE JOURNEY, PARTS I-V In this stunning, if sometimes dizzying five-part dramatic sequence, Tina Packer, along with her acting partner Nigel Gore, offers persuasive evidence that Shakespeare was always singularly concerned with women’s place in a male-dominated world. Through July 10. Shakespeare and Company, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

DAVID PERKINS

DANCE

ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT Five area choreographers ranging in age from 22 to 69 join forces for a concert of choreography featuring ensembles of inter-generational dancers. Participating choreographers are Audra Carabetta, Joan Green, Daniel McCusker, Catherine Wagner, and Melody Ruffin Ward. June 17-18. $15-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191, www.greenstreetstudios.org

BALLETROX SPRINGS OUT OF THE BOX Freedom and identity are the underlying themes for this one-night concert of music and dance. The program includes artistic director Tony Williams’s new piece featuring former Boston Ballet dancers Gianni DiMarco and Tai Jimenez, a premiere by Lorraine Chapman, and two premieres choreographed by DiMarco. June 18. $10-$20. Strand Theatre. 617-524-4381, www.brownpapertickets.com

FALLING FLIGHT PROJECT & KERPLUNK DANCE New York-based kerPlunk dance joins Karen Murphy-Fitch’s Falling Flight Project for a collaborative evening of dance, music, and film. kerPlunk is premiering two new works, including one by guest artist Natalie Desch. June 17-18. $20-$25. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-899-4861, www.fallingflightproject.com

COMMON BOSTON DPARTY Amid the art exhibit, music, and DJ-fueled dancing of this event, check out the dance installation within a topographic landscape of discarded library books by Emily Beattie, who creates at the intersection of dance and technology. Performers include Naoko Brown, Caitlin Ewing, Theodossios Issaias, and Kelly Onder. June 16, 6:30-10:30. $10 (free if you bring a new children’s book to donate). Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Pozen Center. www.commonboston.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES

NICK MILLER: TREE HOUSE 360° Inspired by Thoreau, Miller spent the fall of 2009 working in a 25-foot-high tree house at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, painting a 360-degree portrait of the woods. Through Aug. 18. Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578, www.concordart.org

LUCIEN AIGNER 1901-1999 This exhibit of work by the legendary photojournalist includes images of people in unrehearsed moments, such as a human pyramid on Coney Island in 1940, and a shampoo at a Harlem beauty parlor in 1936. Through July 23. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411, www.gallerykayafas.com

DREW GOINGS: RECENT PAINTINGS In the Pop tradition, this California artist paints commercial signs, with their stark imagery juxtaposed against clear, sunny skies. His work gleefully embraces commerce and neon, and evokes a Beach Boys sensibility. Through July 1. Beth Urdang Gallery 129 Newbury St. 781-264-1121, www.bethurdanggallery.com

ZSUZSANNA SZEGEDI: TEMPORAL WORKS In video, sculpture, and performance, Szegedi investigates the idea of transience, and the connection between artist, audience, and the ephemerality of the art being created. Viewers become participants as they touch and interact with the work. Through June 26. Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave. www.fourthwallproject.com

CATE McQUAID

MUSEUMS

THE STRANGE LIFE OF OBJECTS: THE ART OF ANNETTE LEMIEUX A survey of works in various media touching on themes from war to the nature of time and memory. Through Oct. 9. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: SCULPTURE A career survey of monumental wood sculptures by this acclaimed German-born New York-based artist. Through Aug. 28. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

TWO MASTERS OF FANTASY: BRESDIN AND REDON Prints and drawings by these two 19th-century explorers of febrile imaginary worlds. Through Jan. 16. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org

JUAN DOWNEY: THE INVISIBLE ARCHITECT The Chilean-born video artist (1940-1993) is given his first US career survey. Through July 10. MIT List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680. listart.mit.edu

SEBASTIAN SMEE