Play by play: August 21, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 18, 2009

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater takes on Douglas Carter Beane's Tony-nominated 2006 comedy, a send-up of show-biz hypocrisy in which an up-and-coming film star falls in love with a male hustler, much to the chagrin of his high-powered female agent. Beane is the author of As Bees in Honey Drown and the book for the Broadway musical Xanadu. Daisy Walker directs | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Rte 6, Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT | Through September 5 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Sat | $25-$32

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

QUARTERMAINE'S TERMS | The Williamstown Theatre Festival concludes its Mainstage season with Simon Gray's bittersweet 1982 comedy about detachment and broken dreams. Set during two years in the 1960s, it takes place in the staff room of the Cull-Loomis School of English for Foreigners in Cambridge, England, where seven instructors including St. John Quartermaine try to make sense of their lonely lives. Maria Aitken (Tony-nominated for The Thirty-Nine Steps) directs; Jeremy Beck, Ann Dowd, Morgan Hallett, John Horton, Simon Jones, Stephen Kunken, and Jefferson Mays (Tony winner for I Am My Own Wife) make up the cast. | Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage, 1000 Main St, Rte 2, Williamstown | 413.597.3400 | Through August 23 | Curtain 3 + 8 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8:30 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $45-$59

SPEECH AND DEBATE | Stephen Karam's 2007 Off Broadway hit, which the Lyric Stage Company of Boston put on this past spring, comes to Wellfleet Harbors Actors Theater. Set in the chalkboard crucible of high school as well as in the pioneer tangles of the cyber universe, the comedy brings together a trio of disparate, initially distrustful misfits variously shanghai'd into the activity of the title — a high-school staple since 1925. They eventually bond, but with a minimum amount of saccharin spilled and every step of their mutually antagonistic journey played out as a National Forensics League–sanctioned competition category, from "Lincoln-Douglas Debate" to "Duo Interpretation" — this last featuring a time-travel encounter between a singing, jiving Mary Warren from The Crucible and a gay, teenage Abraham Lincoln. Don't ask. But trust us, it's hilarious. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Harbor Stage, 1 Kendrick Ave [next to town pier], Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT | Through September 27 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Sun | $29

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