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 | Through July 25 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 7:30 pm Sat | $32-$54

NOISES OFF | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater mounts Michael Frayn's 1982 farce about a hapless provincial theater company trying to stage a door-slamming sex comedy called Nothing On. There's chaos on stage and intrigue backstage, and in the second of the three acts, we get to see the goings-on as if we were backstage. John Hancock directs; some lovely who probably won't be Nicollette Sheridan will be running about in her undies. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Rte 6, Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT | Through August 1 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Sun | $25-$32

OTHELLO | Like its Hamlet, this is a Shakespeare & Company "encore presentation," from last August, with John Douglas Thompson as Othello, Michael Hammond as Iago, and Merritt Janson as Desdemona, all from the 2008 production, and Tony Simotes again directing. Cuckoldry, real or imagined, is a potent thing in the very masculine world of this Othello, and it strands Janson's Desdemona as an island of innocence. And though the actors' tongues race as swiftly as the production does, you hear every word, and the imagery sticks deep. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | Through September 6 | Curtain times vary | $16-$60

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 | Through July 26 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | 7 pm Sun | $20

PINTER'S MIRROR | Shakespeare & Company offers Elizabeth and Malcolm Ingram in three one-act plays, A Slight Ache (1961), Family Voices (1980), and Victoria Station (1982). | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | Through August 2 | Curtain various times | $16-$34; $11-$29 students, seniors

THE RAT PACK RETURNS IN THE TRIBUTE TO FRANK, SAMMY, JOEY, AND DEAN | Stoneham Theatre first staged this Las Vegas import in 2006; now it's back, produced by Buddy Hackett's son, Sandy Hackett, with some material by the late Joey Bishop. You get actors standing in for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bishop, and Dean Martin, a 12-piece band, and numbers including "Fly Me to the Moon," "That's Amore," and, of course, "Volare." | Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St, Stoneham | 781.279.2200 | Through July 26 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 6 pm Sun | $48; $44 seniors

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