THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL | First brought to light at the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Armadillo Acres is a cartoon assemblage of aluminum domiciles overseen by a gossipy Greek chorus of park manager Betty, who buried her pan-whacked husband in the back yard “by hand,” Lin (short for linoleum, since she was born on the kitchen floor), whose spouse is on Death Row, and Pickles, an adorably slow-on-the-uptake 17-year-old given to hysterical pregnancy. What this trio have to gossip about, often in three-part harmony, is a domestic drama involving agoraphobic Jeannie, who hasn’t left her trailer since her baby was kidnapped 20 years ago, her frustrated toll-collector husband, Norbert, and recently arrived exotic dancer Pippi, who’s on the lam from a psychotic boyfriend. Okay, the plot is torn from the National Enquirer, and the music by David Nehls is a pastiche of rock salted with country twang, peppered with gospel and blues, and complicated by its division into duets, trios, and quartets. But the LOL book by Betsy Kelso and Nehls’s equally funny lyrics conspire to turn lowest common denominator into pretty high entertainment — an amalgam of Killer Joe and The Beverly Hillbillies that a tremendous SpeakEasy Stage cast (Leigh Barrett, David Benoit, Kerry A. Dowling, Mary Callanan, Santina Umbach, Grant MacDermott, Caitlin Crosbie Doonan), its plastic-flamingo-overseen doings humanely orchestrated by artistic director Paul Daigneault, puts across loud and clear. Forget the dumpster — this trailer trash is worthy of the endless regional recycling it seems destined to get. | Boston Center for the Arts, Roberts Studio Theatre, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through June 5 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs [Tues June 1 only] | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 3 + 7 pm [evening May 30] Sun | $30-$54

THE GULLS | Weren’t you thinking it’s just about time for another Gold Dust Orphans show? This one has, of course, Ryan Landry (in the Tippi Hedren role, we assume), plus glorious costumes, mind-blowing sets, and more than 1000 birds. | Machine, 1254-1256 Boylston St, Boston | golddustorphans.com | Through May 30 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | 5 pm Sun | $35-$45

HOT MIKADO | Not to worry: The Mikado isn’t slain by the addition of screaming horns and the Lindy hop in this 1940s-set jazz-and-swing version that David H. Bell and Rob Bowman came up with in 1986. And at New Repertory Theatre, as directed by Kate Warner, the show remains quite resilient, meshing a picture-book Titipu with the Cotton Club, its zoot-suited gents and sassy, skirt-tossing ladies tapping, finger-snapping, jitterbugging, and, of course, engaging in The Mikado’s capital crime of flirting. The whole enterprise throbs with the near-reckless energy of the wartime and immediately post-war US. There’s even a little jingoism (not to mention a little scatting) inserted into “We Are Gentlemen of Japan.” And, yes, the songs retain their arch Victorian titles, along with their tunes, transported from 19th to 20th century by Bowman’s jazz, swing, gospel, pop, and torch arrangements. | Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 617.923.8487 | Through May 22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3:30 + 8 pm Sat | $40-$59; $7 discount seniors; half-price students

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