Arts: the week ahead

July 21, 2011

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MATT & BEN The script for ‘‘Good Will Hunting’’ falls from the heavens in this enjoyably antic spoof of our local lads by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, starring Philana Mia as Damon and the chameleonic Marianna Bassham as Affleck. Through Aug. 14. Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

SYLVIA A stellar production of a comedy by A.R. Gurney that asks whether a marriage can survive when the Other Woman is a dog. Rachel Bay Jones is marvelously adept as the disruptive but winsome pooch of the title. Through July 30. Presented by Berkshire Theatre Group at Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-298-5576,

PSY A return engagement by members of the Montreal-based circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main. In January, this show was a transfixing spectacle that boggled both mind and eye while relocating your heart to your throat once in a while. Through Sunday. Presented by Arts Emerson. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400,

AS YOU LIKE IT Director Tony Simotes sends waves of physical comedy across the stage while ensuring that the gleaming jewels of Shakespeare’s language are not submerged in the process. Through Sept. 4. Shakespeare & Company, Founders’ Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,

THREE HOTELS There’s probably a bigger, better play locked within the monologue structure of Jon Robin Baitz’s drama about a married couple reckoning with the cost of the moral compromises they’ve made, but the searching performances by Steven Weber and Maura Tierney take us deep into the couple’s troubled souls. Through Sun day. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400,

THE MEMORY OF WATER A smart and piercing, if overstuffed, comedy-drama about the ripple effects of loss. Three sisters (well played by Corinna May, Kristin Wold, and Elizabeth Aspenlieder) sift through their own lives, the intricacies of their relationships to one another, and the enduring puzzle of their newly deceased mother. Through Sept. 4. Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,


THE GRADUATE The French call what Mrs. Robinson has to offer young Benjamin Braddock an “éducation sentimentale.’’ In this excellent production, set like the movie in the mid-’60s and starring TV’s Patricia Richardson, a cocky lad gets some rough remedial training in the ways of love. Through Saturday. Cape Playhouse, Dennis. 877-385-3911,

ROMEO AND JULIET The supporting players - especially Starla Benford’s earthy, era-defying Nurse - makes this occasionally misguided production a must-see. Through Sept. 3. Shakespeare & Company, Founders’ Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,

THE VENETIAN TWINS As did audiences of old, the whole family will enjoy Goldoni’s playful 1747 commedia, treated to a sprightly, semi-contemporized makeover. Through Aug. 27. Shakespeare & Company, Rose Footprint Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,


1001 Jason Grote updates the Scheherazade legend of 1001 nights of storytelling with references to everything from Jorge Luis Borges to Alan Dershowitz in a dizzyingly virtuosic play that’s as touching as it is thought-provoking. Through Aug. 13. Company One, Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



ALEXANDRA BELLER/DANCES Beller believes we are all a composite of overlapping narratives. In the premiere of her new piece “other stories,’’ commissioned and presented as part of the “Co Lab: Process + Performance’’ series, a collaboration between Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Beller explores this idea with sound artist Robert Poss. July 23. $20-$25. ICA. 978-402-2339,

LAR LUBOVICH DANCE COMPANY For more than four decades, the New York-based choreographer has been crafting works of luxurious lyricism and keen musicality. In addition to the luminous classic ‘‘North Star,’’ this program features two new works from the 2010 season: ‘‘Coltrane’s Favorite Things’’ and the Brahms-inspired ‘‘The Legend of Ten.’’ July 21-July 24. $10-$64.50. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

MONKEYHOUSE: JUMP-IN! As part of the Cambridge Arts Council’s “Summer in the City’’ and the Multicultural Arts Center’s “4th Annual Boomtown Festival,’’ the ever-inventive ladies of Monkeyhouse promise an interactive dance adventure for the whole family. Outdoors at 5:15 p.m. in the Centanni Courtyard at 2nd Street and Centanni Way, weather permitting; if not, head inside the center. July 21. Free. Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-349-4380,

GREAT FRIENDS DANCE FESTIVAL Newport-based Island Moving Co. assembles a variety of companies and choreographers from around the country for this festival July 21-31. The festival kicks off with a preview showcase including Island Moving Co., Saifan Shmerer/SASSON, Anne Zuerner of Roxanne Lola Movement Machine, and Pasadena Dance Theatre, which is in creative residency for the duration. July 21. $18-$23. Great Friends Meeting House, Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470,



STEPHEN MISHOL: IN PLACE Mishol’s drawings and paintings are studio fictions that examine the city’s ability to transform, divide, and reconfigure the landscape. They address how the changing nature of the city challenges one’s sense of place and self. Through Aug. 13. Ellen Miller Gallery, 38 Newbury St. 617-536-4650,

SANDY BROWN: VISUAL JAZZ The British ceramicist, known for her spontaneous use of clay and color, has her first show in the US. Many of the works are large scale and sculptural, with simple forms and energetic, brushed-on gestures. Through Aug. 3. Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord. 978-369-3375,

AQUATIC With a camera outfitted with a pinhole cap, Lora Brody captures im ages of swimmers. William Hamlin makes woven photos of tiled swimming pools. Thom Lussier’s diaphanous photos printed on chiffon were shot underwater, where landscape and figures become otherworldly. Through Sept. 28. FP3 Gallery, 346 Congress St.

BOSTON YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES EXHIBITION This vast summer juried show features work by more than 80 artists representing 11 masters and postbaccalaureate programs. It’s usually a mixed bag, but there’s always a handful of fresh, surprising pieces. Through Aug. 14. 808 Gallery, Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Ave.



MAN RAY-LEE MILLER, PARTNERS IN SURREALISM Photographs, paintings, sculpture, and drawings by, or relating to, these two artists who were teacher and student, then lovers. Through Dec. 4. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500,

PISSARRO’S PEOPLE The rarely exhibited portraits of this beloved artist, a central and highly influential figure in both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Through Oct. 2. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303,

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,

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,