CANDIDE | Leonard Bernstein's 1956 "comic operetta" based on the Voltaire novella comes to the Berkshires, complete with the famous Overture, the "Glitter and Be Gay" coloratura aria for Cunégonde, and, of course, "Make Our Garden Grow." The original libretto was by Lillian Hellman, but it's since been replaced by a book by Hugh Wheeler; Richard Wilbur, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim, and Bernstein himself contributed to the text. | Berkshire Theatre Festival Unicorn Theatre, Main St, Stockbridge | 413.298.5576 | Through August 15 | Curtain 8 pm Mon-Tues | 7 pm Wed | 2 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 10 am + 8 pm Sat | $19.28-$68

CAROUSEL | Julianne Boyd directs Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic 1945 musical about carnival roustabout Billy Bigelow, who finds a wife in millworker Julie Jordan but not happiness. With Aaron Ramey as Billy and Patricia Noonan as Julie, plus "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "If I Loved You," "My Boy Bill/My Little Girl," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." | Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union St, Pittsfield | 413.236.8888 | Through July 11 | Curtain 7 pm Tues | 2 + 7 pm Wed | 8 pm Thurs | 2+ 8 pm Fri | 8 pm Sat | 5 pm Sun | $42-$50

CHILDREN | The Williamstown Theatre Festival opens its Mainstage season with A.R. Gurney's Fourth-of-July-set play about three adult (but also adolescent) children whose widowed mother is about to remarry — which means that they'll inherit the family house. Tony nominee (for Loot) John Tillinger directs; the cast includes Mary Bacon, Katie Finneran, Judith Light, and James Waterston. | Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage, 1000 Main St, Rte 2, Williamstown | 413.597.3400 | Through July 12 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Wed | 3 + 8 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8:30 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $45-$59

THE EINSTEIN PROJECT | This work by Paul D'Andrea and Jon Klein was presented in BTF's Unicorn Theatre in 2000; now it's being brought to the Main Stage, with Eric Hill again directing and Tommy Schrider back in the title role of a scientist whose understanding of relativity doesn't seem to give him a leg up on relationships. With Miranda Hope Shea as his son, Edward, and James Barry as Werner Heisenberg. | Berkshire Theatre Festival Main Stage, Main St, Stockbridge | 413.298.5576 | Through July 18 | Curtain 8 pm Mon-Tues | 7 pm Wed | 2 + 8 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $46-$68

HAMLET | Shakespeare & Company reprises its 2006 production, a family affair, with Jason Asprey as Hamlet, S&C artistic director Tina Packer as Gertrude, her son, Jason Asprey, as Hamlet, and her husband, Dennis Krausnick, as — no, not Claudius, that would be a bit much — Polonius. Nigel Gore is back as Claudius, and Eleanor Holdridge again directs this dark, muscular production, in which the jarring metallic sounds that signify Hamlet's synaptic twitching also suggest the clanging shut of doors in the prison that is Denmark. This is a clear, compelling, if hardly transcendent reading, with a few twists that work — like Hamlet's passing out scripts of The Mousetrap to Gertrude and Claudius and having them play it like an amateur theatrical. With Elizabeth Raetz as Ophelia. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | Through August 28 | Curtain times vary | $16-$60

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