THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS | In David Rambo’s light night of the soul, iconic advice columnist Ann Landers has a problem of her own: after 36 years of what she considered an idyllic marriage, her husband (Budget Rental Car founder Jules Lederer) has left her for a much younger woman. She feels compelled to break the news to the newspaper faithful — but before getting down to the task at hand, Eppie Lederer, the no-nonsense Chicago matron lurking behind the Landers pseudonym, has biography and letters to spew. During the course of a chocolate-fueled all-nighter in July of 1975, the notoriously frank Lederer snipes a little at twin sister and rival columnist Pauline (better known as Dear Abby), but the script skips lightly over the sisters’ ostensible feud. The picture Rambo paints is of a gallant and likable woman, and she’s warmly rendered here by Stephanie Clayman sporting an undentable black bouffant and wielding a Midwestern twang even tighter than her hairdo. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | | Through June 20 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $35; $25 seniors; $20 students

PRELUDE TO A KISS | The Huntington Theatre Company concludes its 28th season with Craig Lucas’s 1988 drama, a kind of gloss on “Beauty and the Beast.” Peter and Rita have just exchanged their wedding vows when a old man kisses the bride and a different exchange takes place: her soul transfers into his body and vice versa. Will Peter cleave to the beautiful body with the soul of a stranger, or will he seek out his soulmate in the body of an old man? With Brian Sgambati as Peter, Cassie Beck as Rita, and MacIntyre Dixon as the Old Man, plus Nancy E. Carroll, Ken Cheeseman, and Michael Hammond; HTC artistic director Peter DuBois is at the helm. | Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.266.0800 or | Through June 13 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues [no June 1] | 2 pm [no June 2] + 7:30 pm Wed | 10 am [June 3] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [evening June 6] Sun | $20-$82

TIMON OF ATHENS | Believe it or not: a play by William Shakespeare, published in the First Folio of 1623, is about to have its Boston premiere, courtesy of Actors’ Shakespeare Project. When it comes to the Bard’s Problem Plays, the 1607 Timon tops the list: we’re not sure whether it’s some kind of experiment or just unfinished, and we’re not even sure he wrote all of it, since parts sound more like the work of Thomas Middleton. The plot has our wealthy Athenian gentleman throwing a large banquet and giving away money by the bushelful. (Could Shakespeare be commenting on the spending habits of the Jacobean nobility?) When his steward informs Timon that he’s given it all away, he appeals to his “friends” for help but is turned down, whereupon he flees Athens for a cave in the wilderness — where gold is discovered. Will Timon use his new wealth to destroy the city? With Allyn Burrows in the title role, plus Steven Barkhimer, Daniel Berger-Jones, Joel Colodner, Michelle Dowd, John Kuntz, Will Lyman, and Bobbie Steinbach; Bill Barclay directs. | Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St, Fort Point Channel, Boston | 866.811.4111 | Through June 13 | Curtain 10 am [May 27] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 7:30 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $20-$47

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