LAUGHING WILD | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater's Harbor Stage season continues with Christopher Durang's crazy, poignant 1987 comedy set in the aisle of a Manhattan grocery store. In this accumulatively wacko riff on modern urban alienation, an unhinged if articulate woman has assaulted a depressed but struggling man by the tuna-fish display. Following monologues by both characters, the two find themselves wafting in and out of quirky, cartoon-violent dreams in which they clash until an embryo of empathy is formed. The play's awash in pop-cultural flotsam and jetsam of the 1980s, but it catches the pulse of unconnected, urban anxiety. And anything that introduces the Infant of Prague to Sally Jessy Raphaël (both somewhat obscure icons in these days is okay with us. Brendan Hughes directs. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Harbor Stage, 1 Kendrick Ave [next to town pier], Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT | July 15–August 16 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Sun | $29; $16 student rush

THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC | Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theatre opens its 2009 season with Pulitzer Prize winner (for Dinner with Friends) Donald Margulies's uncharacteristically offbeat 1989 work, a likable tragicomedy set in 1965 Brooklyn and merging Margulies's own history with that of the family in Arthur Miller's iconic Death of a Salesman. The youngest member of the dysfunctional clan on which Margulies focuses is writing a musical version of Miller's play called Willy!, and when things get too painful, the family are thrust into singing, hoofing scenes from this imagined work. Olivia Benowitz directs. | Loeb Drama Center Experimental Theatre, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge | 617.496.2222 | July 9-18 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Fri | 2:30 + 7:30 pm Sat | 7:30 pm Sun | $10; $8 students, seniors, Harvard ID

MAME | Lee Meriwether — Miss America 1955, not to mention Catwoman in the 1966 Batman (the movie, not the TV show) — has the Angela Lansbury role in the Reagle Players' production of the 1966 Broadway musical based on the 1958 Rosalind Russell–starring Broadway play (in turn based on a 1955 novel) about the wealthy and eccentric Mame Dennis and her life during the Great Depression and World War II. The songs include "If He Walked into My Life" and "We Need a Little Christmas." | Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St, Waltham | 781.891.5600 | July 16-25 | Curtain 2 pm [July 16] or 7:30 pm [July 23] Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 pm [July 18] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $32-$54

THE MATERNAL INSTINCT | Looking to raise money to finance BU playwriting-program alum Monica Bauer's new musical Lighter, Good News Productions presents a staged reading of her "drama with comedy about science, free will, and a lesbian marriage challenged when one spouse feels the need to have a baby." Steven Barkhimer, Rena Baskin, Gillian Gordon, Alisha Jansky, and Karen Woodward Massey make up the cast. | Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston | July 19 | Curtain 7:30 pm | $15 at the door

PERFECT IMPERFECT: A GALLERY OF SHORT WORKS BY HAROLD PINTER | Fort Point Channel Theatre presents theses six Pinterettes — A Kind of Alaska (1982), The New World Order (1991), Night (1969), Request Stop (1959, Silence (1968), and Victoria Station (1982) — as directed by Caitlin Lowans and Brenda Shea. Kate Bailey, Lisa Caron Driscoll, Carlos M. Harris, Janelle Day Mills, Adam Sanders, and Brian Sergent are the players. | Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St, Boston | 800.838.3006 | July 17-26 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | 7 pm Sun | $20

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