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

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 3 pm Sun | $16-$34; $11-$29 students, seniors

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| Through 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 | Through 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. And the complete cast has now been thrust upon us: Merritt Janson as Viola, Jake Waid as Sebastian, Duane Allen Robinson as Orsino, Elizabeth Raetz as Olivia, Robert Biggs as Feste, Ken Cheeseman as Malvolio, Johnny Lee Davenport as Antonio, Nigel Gore as Sir Toby Belch, Corinna May as Maria, and Ryan Winkles as Andrew Aguecheek. Jonathan Croy directs. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | Through September 5 | Curtain times vary | $16-$60

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