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Love and war THE GAME As the Marquise de Merteuil, a seductive but ice-hearted aristocrat, Rachel York adds another memorable portrait to her growing gallery of bewitching baddies. Graham Rowat brings a sinister charisma to the role of the Vicomte de Valmont in this fine musical adaptation of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’’ directed by Julianne Boyd. Through Sunday. Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, www.barringtonstageco.org DON AUCOIN Love and war

THE GAME As the Marquise de Merteuil, a seductive but ice-hearted aristocrat, Rachel York adds another memorable portrait to her growing gallery of bewitching baddies. Graham Rowat brings a sinister charisma to the role of the Vicomte de Valmont in this fine musical adaptation of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’’ directed by Julianne Boyd. Through Sunday. Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, www.barringtonstageco.orgDON AUCOIN
(Kevin Sprague)
August 25, 2011

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THEATER

TEN CENTS A DANCE A lovely, elegiac musical revue, conceived and directed by John Doyle, that traces the shifting currents of a lifelong romance through the songs of Rodgers and Hart. Through Sunday. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400, www.wtfestival.org

BAKERSFIELD MIST An absorbing production of a new comedy-drama by Stephen Sachs that pits a skeptical art expert against an unemployed bartender who is convinced she has an undiscovered Jackson Pollock painting on her hands. Through Sept. 4. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, Wellfleet. 508-349-9428, www.what.org

RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS You’ll listen in vain for a Texas drawl: Tina Packer’s British accent is evident and, at first, jarring, in her portrayal of Ivins, the firebrand columnist and commentator from the Lone Star State. But Packer captures her spirit, managing to make us laugh, make us think, and make us mad at the people Molly wanted us to be mad at. Through Sept. 4. Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

THE BETROTHED A playfully twisted, engagingly original play by Dipika Guha about a man who gets a surprise - make that several surprises - when he journeys to his homeland to meet the woman to whom he has been betrothed since childhood. Through Sept. 3. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Harbor Stage, Wellfleet. 508-349-9428, www.what.org

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, www.shakespeare.org

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, www.shakespeare.org

DON AUCOIN

THE BOOK OF MERMAN No relation to that struggling little show in New York City, Varla Jean Merman’s latest revue, starring the dazzlingly cross-dressed Jeffery Roberson, is way more scandalous - and funny. Through Sept. 17. Art House in Provincetown. 508-487-9222, www.ptownarthouse.com

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

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 Saturday. Shakespeare & Company, Rose Footprint Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

SANDY MACDONALD

THE ODYSSEY A sensory feast that resonates on many emotional and intellectual levels, this “Odyssey’’ effortlessly integrates whimsical aerial adventures and puppetry with thoughtful explorations of loyalty and loss. Through Aug. 21. Presented by Double Edge Theatre in association with Charlestown Working Theater, at The Farm, Ashfield. 866-811-4111, www.doubleedgetheatre.org

TERRY BYRNE

DANCE

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP Musicians from the Tanglewood Music Center provide live music for a program billed as a 30th-anniversary celebration of Morris’s popular troupe. The program features “Resurrection,’’ “V,’’ “Dancing Honeymoon,’’ and “Ten Suggestions.’’ Aug. 24-28. $64.50-$69.50. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Ted Shawn Theatre, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

KYLE AND CAMILLE Breakout hits of the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow season, Kyle Abraham and Camille A. Brown are united in this exclusive engagement that features works of each as well as the world premiere of their collaborative duet “How We Process,’’ commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow and choreographed there during a Creative Development Residency. Aug. 24-28. $19-$37.50. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Doris Duke Theatre, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

MASSACHUSETTS DANCE FESTIVAL The second leg of the festival moves west for performances this weekend in Amherst. Featured dance styles include modern, ballet, salsa, and classical Indian. Aug. 27. $20-$25. Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 508-429-7577, www.massdancefestival.org

MÉLANGE À TOI Boston dancer Jennifer Hicks, Santa Fe musician Ross Hamlin, and New Orleans actress Reese Johanson join forces for this multidisciplinary performance of new works. The show includes a post-performance reception. Aug. 27-28. $10 suggested donation. Boston CHIMERAlab Studio and Theatre, 369 Congress St. Reservations required. melangeatoiboston@gmail.com; www.jenniferhicks.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES

FOR THE RECORD: SEARCHING FOR OBJECTIVITY IN GLOBAL CONFLICT This show spotlights artists who document and respond to war, whether through on-site reportage or more interpretive means. Works by Fiona Banner, Harun Farocki, Gerhard Richter, and more. Through Oct. 22. Montserrat College of Art Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242, www.montserrat.edu/galleries/montserrat

MAKE IT TOGETHER Generally, artists work in solitude in their studios. For this show, the Distillery Gallery asked them to collaborate, taking risks and surrendering sole authorship. Artists include Adam O’Day and KDONZ. Through Sept. 27. Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., South Boston. www.gallery.distilleryboston.com

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE Five artists from the Axiom Group spent five days camping on Bumpkin Island in Boston Harbor as part of the annual Bumpkin Island Art Encampment Residency. This show spotlights what they created there. Through Sept. 14. Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-676-5904, www.axiomart.org

COLLABORATIONS This features work by artists from Gateway Arts, where artists with psychiatric, developmental, and behavioral disabilities create art in three studios. The show is curated by Gateway’s artistic director Stephen de Fronzo and Lorri Berenberg, a specialist in outsider art. Through Aug. 29. Open Door Gallery, 89 South St., Suite 101. 617-350-7713, www.vsamass.org/gallery.php CATE McQUAID

MUSEUMS

EDWARD HOPPER’S MAINE The first exhibition to focus on the paintings, prints, and drawings produced by Hopper on his summer visits to Maine. Through Oct. 16. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum

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

EMERGING DIS/ORDER Compelling abstract drawings by Amy Stacey Curtis, Alison Hildreth, and Andrea Sulzer. Part of “Where to Draw the Line: The Maine Drawing Project.’’ Through Dec. 11. Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6158, www.bates.edu/museum

PAINTING THE AMERICAN VISION Forty-five Hudson River School landscapes, including Thomas Cole’s “The Course of Empire,’’ from the collection of the New York Historical Society. Through Nov. 6. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

SEBASTIAN SMEE

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this piece misstated the closing date for "The Odyssey."