JERSEY BOYS | Those would be the Four Seasons, four boys from Newark who in the early '60s gave us "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk like a Man," "Candy Girl," "Dawn," and "Rag Doll." Written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, this dramatization of their story won the 2006 Tony for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Now it comes to Boston, with Matt Bailey as Tommy DeVito, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Frankie Valli, Josh Franklin as Bob Gaudio, and Steve Gouveia as Nick Massi; Tony winner (for Big River and The Who's Tommy) Des McAnuff directs. | Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St, Boston | 866.348.9738 | Through September 26 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Fri [plus 2 pm Thurs matinee July 30] | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm Sun | $49-$99

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 | Through August 16 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Sun | $29; $16 student rush

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 | Through August 2 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs-Fri | 3 + 7:30 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $55

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 Thurs-Sat | $25-$32

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