THE LONG SEASON | The Huntington Theatre Company's 2009 Breaking Ground Festival of new work kicks off with a staged reading of this musical by Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo that "chronicles Filipino immigration to the United States in the 1920s and the unionization of a cannery in Alaska." Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois commissioned the piece while he was artistic director at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau. | Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, Roberts Studio Theatre, 527 Tremont Street, Boston | 617.266.0800 | July 24 | Curtain 4 pm | Free [$10 donation suggested]

MY FAIR LADY | "Cape Rep finally tackles a musical" — well, you can't argue with the choice. Kim Weild ("associate director of Broadway's Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury") directs; Scott Storr provides the musical direction. | Cape Rep Theatre, 1772 Main St, Brewster | 508.896.1888 | July 30–August 29 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $28

MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY | We wouldn't have thought that just having a Jewish dad and an Italian mom would qualify one for therapy, but Steve Solomon has been schlepping this one-man shindig all over the US and Canada, so he must know what he's doing. We're promised, in addition to mom and dad, "his sister the smoker, the kids' cousin Carmine, Uncle Paulie, and demented Kenny" in a show that's "one part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac." | Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | 800.233.3123 | July 23–August 2 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs-Fri | 3 + 7:30 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $55

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD | Actually, they're very much alive in Tom Stoppard's 1966 existential comedy, and wondering how they came to brought into a world where you can get bumped off in a single line, with no recourse. This Bad Habit Productions production is directed by Steve Kleinedler, with Jonathan Overby as Rosencrantz and Stephen Libby as Guildenstern. Unless it's the other way round. | Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge |www.badhabitproductions.org| July 25–August 9 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $15 on-line/$20 doors

THE TORCH-BEARERS | Next up for the Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage is George Kelly's 1922 farce, a Noises Off–type comedy about a community-theater troupe trying to put on a show. Back when it opened, Alexander Woollcott described it in his New York Times review as "a cruel and enormously amusing travesty." Writing in the same newspaper 78 years later, Ben Brantley gave a favorable review to the Greenwich House Theater revival, as adapted and directed by Dylan Baker, and Baker will be directing here as well. Oh and did we mention that George Kelly was Grace Kelly's uncle? | Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage, 1000 Main St, Rte 2, Williamstown | 413.597.3400 | July 29–August 9 | Curtain 3 + 8 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8:30 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $45-$59

TWELFTH NIGHT | "Some comedies are born great. Some achieve greatness. Some have greatness thrust upon them." We're putting Shakespeare's Illyrian comedy of cross-dressing and thwarted love in the first category. We'd love to have the complete cast thrust upon us, but so far only Kevin O'Donnell as Malvolio has been announced. Jonathan Croy will direct. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | July 24–September 5 | Curtain times vary | $16-$60

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