MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCE | Holland Productions concludes its 2009–2010 season with Sarah Ruhl's "whimsical celebration of sadness, in which "Tilly, an irresistibly melancholy young stranger, makes her sorrow so sexy that everyone in her life falls maddeningly in love with her. When Tilly suddenly finds happiness, this change of heart throws her whole universe off-kilter, resulting in a mystical and hilarious quest to define joy." The cast includes Kate deLima as Joan, Philana Mia as Tilly, Kathryn Lynch as Frances, Michael Moran as Frank, and Alex Simoes as Lorenzo; M. Bevin O'Gara directs. | Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston | | March 12-20 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 5 pm Sun | $17; $13 students, seniors

MINUS 32 MILLION WORDS | Dorchester native and acclaimed comic, actor, and writer Sue Costello (Fox TV's Costello, NYPD Blue) brings her one-woman show back home. "The show — alternately hilarious and heartbreaking — tracks Costello's life growing up in a chaotic home in Dorchester and how it led her to a desperate need for fame and money, and to the final realization that it was all part of a spiritual quest to find her authentic self." | Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | March 17–April 3 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $43.50; $39.15 students

WE WILL ALL BE RECEIVED | Queer Soup Theater presents this new play by Kathy Wittman, Mal Malme, and Renée C. Farster. "A documentary about two drag kings on a road trip to study gender icons takes a personal turn when the filmmaker and her subjects hit their own gender roadblocks. This multimedia production travels the line between theater and film, with detours to Elvis's Graceland and Dolly Parton's Dollywood. The show explores the journey to claim gender identity in the face of societal expectations." Kathy Wittman directs. | Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, Rehearsal Hall A, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | March 11-27 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun | $25; $20 students, seniors


BECKY SHAW | The Huntington Theatre Company brings us Gina Gionfriddo's 2009 Pulitzer finalist, in which newlyweds Suzanna and Andrew fix up her BMF Max with his co-worker Becky in a blind date that lands the would-be lovebirds in a police station — whereupon Suzanna and Andrew start questioning their marriage as well as their matchmaking chops. Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois takes charge of a cast that includes Wendy Hoopes as Becky, Seth Fisher as Max, Eli James as Andrew, Keira Naughton as Suzanna, and Maureen Anderman as Susan (Suzanna's mother). | Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.266.0800 or | Through April 4 | Curtain 7:30 Tues | 2 pm [March 17, 24] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [evening March 28] Sun | $20-$82 |

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