‘Van Gogh, Monet, Degas’ Exhibit at The Frick; CMU Staging ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ (Wed., 4/25/18)

Edgar Degas, a brilliant and strange man, painted many pictures of women in hat shops. This one, ‘At the Milliner’ (ca. 1882-85), is perhaps the spookiest. Photo by Travis Fullerton, image is © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

1) The hottest art show in Pittsburgh isn’t big or glitzy—just really good. And totally French! The exhibit creating the buzz is Van Gogh, Monet, Degas at The Frick Pittsburgh. With works by the big-name artists of the title, plus numerous others, it is a sampling of French art from the 1800s into the early 1900s—a time when painters in France were leading the movements that led to modern art. You can dig it all by strolling through the intimate galleries at The Frick. Monet was quite different from Manet; there are spellbinding pieces by both. You can see how Van Gogh and his great admirer, Vlaminck, had more in common than the letter V. If otherworldly art transports you, don’t miss the two paintings by Bonnard, and it’s hard to miss Henri Rousseau’s titanic “Tropical Landscape: an American Indian Struggling with a Gorilla.” See our EC review for more. And please make advance reservations to visit the show, as The Frick Pittsburgh is trying to limit crowd size. Through July 8. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. (MV)

Feminine and formidable: Degas sculpted 'Little Dancer Aged Fourteen' in wax around 1880; this bronze was cast in 1922.

Feminine and formidable: Degas sculpted ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ in wax around 1880; this bronze was cast in 1922. Photo by Travis Fullerton, image is © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

2) THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI by Bertolt Brecht. While A Bright Room Called Day finishes its mainstage run at Carnegie Mellon, this Brecht play adds another view of Nazi Germany. It’s a satire that re-casts Hitler and his crew as mobsters taking over the Chicago cauliflower trade. 8 p.m. Performances through April 28, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. At Studio 201, 201 N. Braddock Ave., Point Breeze North. (MV)