Play by Play: July 30, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  July 29, 2010

THE GUARDSMAN | This 1910 Hungarian play by Ferenc Molnár involves a show within a show, of sorts: an actor decides to use his dramatic skill to impersonate another man and seduce his own wife, as a test of her fidelity. Hilarity ensues as the charade grows more and more nuanced. John Rando directs. | Berkshire Theatre Festival Main Stage, Main St, Stockbridge | 413.298.5576 or berkshiretheatre.org | Through July 31 | Curtain 2 + 8 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $19.28-$63

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES | Thomas Derrah directs this farcical adaptation by Steven Canny and John Nicholson of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous crime novel, with fellow former ART stalwart Remo Airaldi as Sherlock Holmes, Bill Mootos as Dr. John Watson, and Trent Mills as Sir Henry Baskerville. That's just for starters, of course — among them, the three actors will essay more than a dozen roles, as Holmes tries to discover a rational explanation for the spectral hellhound who's haunting Baskerville Hall and scaring the life — literally — out of the Baskerville family line. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.576.9278 or centralsquaretheater.org | Through August 22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | Fri-Sat 8 pm | Sun 2 pm | $40 | Carolyn Clay's review on page TK

THE LOOSE CHANTEUSE | Varla Jean Merman stars as the titular chanteuse in this intimate one-woman cabaret written by Jeffery Roberson and Jacques Lamarre. Pianist Tom Judson plays the accompanist, Gus Mattox. | Art House, 214 Commercial St, Provincetown | ptownarthouse.com | Through September 4 | Curtain 9 pm Tues-Fri + Sat [August 14, 21; September 4] | $30; $35 VIP

MENGELBERG AND MAHLER | Daniel Klein's one-man play finds illustrious Dutch conductor Willem Mengelberg — who led Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra for 50 years — engaged in a "conversation" with Jewish composer Gustav Mahler. In Mahler's lifetime and in the first decades following his death, Mengelberg did more to champion his music than any other conductor. Yet in the aftermath of World War II, Mengelberg is accused of having collaborated with the Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands, and now he faces exile. Robert Lohbauer has the role; Emile Fallaux directs. | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or shakespeare.org | Through September 10 | Curtain this week: 8 pm Thurs [July 29]-Fri | $21-$48

OTHELLO | Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's annual free Boston Common presentation of the Bard this year goes green with his tragedy about the green-eyed monster. CSC's Steven Maler directs, as always, with Seth Gilliam in the title role, James Waterston as Iago, Marianna Bassham as Desdemona, Dan Roach as Cassio, and Adrianne Krstansky as Emilia. | Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand, Boston | 617.426.0863 or commshakes.org | Through August 15 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Sat | 7 pm Sun | Free

QUILLS | Bad Habit Productions serves up Doug Wright's 1995 play, with Timothy Otte as the charmingly irreverent Marquis de Sade, who's been committed to an asylum for penning oversexed, graphically violent tales, and Eric Hamel as the Abbé de Coulmier, who drives himself mad attempting to get the marquis to stop writing, telling, or even thinking about any more perverse stories. Daniel Morris directs. | Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 857.225.2836 or badhabitproductions.org | Through August 8 | Curtain 8 pm Wed-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $20; $15 advance

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