THE GULLS | Weren’t you thinking it’s just about time for another Gold Dust Orphans show? This one has, of course, Ryan Landry (in the Tippi Hedren role, we assume), plus glorious costumes, mind-blowing sets, and more than 1000 birds. | Machine, 1254-1256 Boylston St, Boston | golddustorphans.com | May 7-30 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | 5 pm Sun | $35-$45

JOHNNY BASEBALL | This world-premiere musical from the American Repertory Theater blends fact and fiction in its attempt to explain the Red Sox’ 86-year championship drought. The Curse, we’re told, goes back “to a collision of three orphaned souls: Johnny O’Brien, a hard-luck right-hander on the 1919 Sox; his idol, Babe Ruth; and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer and the love of Johnny’s life.” With Colin Donnell as Johnny, Stephanie Umoh as Daisy, and Burke Moses as the Babe; the creative team includes Robert Reale (music), Willie Reale (lyrics, story), and Richard Dresser (book, story), and ART artistic director Diane Paulus is at the helm. | Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge | 617.547.8300 or americanrepertorytheater.org | May 14–June 27 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm [no performances May 15] Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm [no evening May 16] Sun | $25-$75

THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS | That would be Ann Landers, and this is the New England premiere, courtesy of the Nora Theatre Company, of David Rambo’s “riotous and touching play about everyone’s favorite advice columnist.” Hey, wait a minute — what about “Dear Abby”? Anyway, this one’s set in 1975 Chicago, as Ann, “while revisiting favorite columns on such topics as nude housekeeping and the correct way to hang toilet paper, composes the most important letter of her life.” Sound like material for a musical, but we gather it isn’t. And they haven’t told us who plays Ann, but Daniel Gidron directs. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | centralsquaretheater.org | May 13–June 20 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed | 2 pm [May 13] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $35; $25 seniors; $20 students

OUR TOWN | Grover’s Corners comes to Provincetown, as CTEK Arts stages Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner about love, life, and the meaning of it all in a small New Hampshire community. Obie winner David Drake directs. | Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St, Provincetown | 508.487.7487 or provincetowntheater.org | May 13-22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs-Sat | 5 pm Sun | $26; $23 students, seniors

POSTE RESTANTE | They Gotta Be Secret Agents, a/k/a Bonnie and Tim Gallagher, present this “madly inventive mix of acrobatics, paper, laughter, dance, flight, puppetry, longing, and film . . . all stuffed neatly into a box.” The segments include “Return to Sender” (Tim attempts to stuff Bonnie into a box and mail her), “Air Mail” (stop-motion animation tracks the delivery of a love letter via origami postal bird), “The Last Mile” (Bonnie and Tim struggle with distance and awkwardness as they dance impossibly close), and “By Lamplight” (a sentimental table lamp prods Bonnie into responding to a love letter). | Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown | 866.811.4111 | May 6-8 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 8 pm Sun | $20; $18 students, seniors

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