NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM | Apollinaire Theatre Company brings us Jennifer Haley's 2008 play, a supernatural thriller about a violent multi-player video game that sweeps a suburban utopia and brainwashes the hapless players. When the kids cry for help, their parents ignore them, and some even encourage the gaming addiction — not a good idea, since the game eventually convinces kids that their parents are zombies who must be slaughtered in cold blood. Haley's script is chock full of camp, but in among the witty one-liners are some lessons for kids about quality control and a warning to parents to stop dangerous patterns in their children before it's too late. Not all the Apollinaire actors cast as adults are comfortable playing their characters as the negligent buffoons that Haley created. (Brian Quint is the notable exception — he delights as an out-of-touch dad and disturbs as a rambling recluse with Teiresias-like warnings.) But Aaron Mack's brilliant sound design and Julia Noulin-Merat's set more than make up for any acting missteps. | Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St, Chelsea | 617.887.2336 | Through March 14 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun | $25 advance; $30 doors; $15 student rush

NOT ENOUGH AIR | Local playwright Masha Obolensky's drama about how journalist Sophie Treadwell came to write her 1928 play Machinal — a fictionalized version of the life, trial, and execution of Queens housewife Ruth Snyder, who was convicted of murdering her husband — is sharper in its conception than in its development. Haunted by the "why" of the crime, Treadwell reimagined it in Machinal, whose protagonist, Young Woman, is driven to madness and murder by male control and the screeching mechanization of modern life. Obolensky takes Treadwell, Snyder, and Young Woman and puts them into a pressure cooker together, then sets the pot over the fire of Treadwell's obsessive imagination. In Nora Theatre Company's New England–premiere production, as directed by Melia Bensussen, it all unfolds in the shadowy, file-cabinet-cluttered region of Treadwell's mind, where, in the keen, compassionate person of Anne Gottlieb, the writer is torn between marital pressures and the pull of creation represented by Snyder (Ruby Rose Fox's vulnerable fireplug of a flapper) and Young Woman, who's played by Mariana Bassham with a mix of playful seductiveness and badgering tyranny that would do any Muse proud. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 866.811.4111 or | Through March 14 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $35; $25 seniors; $20 students

OTHELLO | Actors' Shakespeare Project takes on the Moor of Venice who loved "not wisely but too well," with Jason Bowen as Othello, Ken Chesseman as Iago, and Brooke Hardman as Desdemona. Judy Braha directs. | Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St, Boston | 866.811.4111 | Through April 4 | Curtain 10 am Tues [March 30] | 10 am [March 17, 18, 26] + 7:30 pm Thurs-Fri | 3 pm [no March 13] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $25-$47; $20-$30 March 11-12 previews

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