THE HAPPY OYSTER SPECTACULAR SHOW | Subtractive Media serves up this "live-action/video/music review with an Outer Cape bent that places contemporary culture under the microscope — one with a fractured lens. Good Morning America, Garrison Keillor, YouTube, drug commercials, and dating services are just a few of the subjects that fall prey to David Kennedy and his comedy troupe's satirical examination." | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Rte 6, Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT | Through August 30 | Curtain 8 pm Sun | $25

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 | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm Sun | $49-$99 | Carolyn Clay's review on page 30

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 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 | Through August 29 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $28

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

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