THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS | In David Rambo's light night of the soul, iconic advice columnist Ann Landers has a problem of her own: after 36 years of what she considered an idyllic marriage, her husband (Budget Rental Car founder Jules Lederer) has left her for a much younger woman. She feels compelled to break the news to the newspaper faithful — but before getting down to the task at hand, Eppie Lederer, the no-nonsense Chicago matron lurking behind the Landers pseudonym, has biography and letters to spew. During the course of a chocolate-fueled all-nighter in July of 1975, the notoriously frank Lederer snipes a little at twin sister and rival columnist Pauline (better known as Dear Abby), but the script skips lightly over the sisters' ostensible feud. The picture Rambo paints is of a gallant and likable woman, and in this Nora Theatre Company production, with Daniel Gidron directing, she's warmly rendered by Stephanie Clayman sporting an undentable black bouffant and wielding a Midwestern twang even tighter than her hairdo. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | | Through June 20 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $35; $25 seniors; $20 students

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM | Contemporary Theatre of Boston essays Shakespeare's seasonally appropriate comedy about overbearing fathers and mix-and-match couples and donkey love. Chris Cavalier directs a production that "departs from traditional imagery . . . bringing together elements of ethereal fantasy and hard-bitten realism" and "exploring the dark Eros at the heart of the work." Does that mean we get to follow Titania and Bottom to Titania's bower? | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through June 19 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | $28-$30

M2 (MOLIÈRE SQUARED) | Imaginary Beasts doubles up with two 80-minute adaptations of Molière: A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Le medecin malgré lui), which these days offers a new wrinkle on health-care reform, and Amphitryon (in Richard Wilbur's verse translation), yet another cautionary tale of what the rich and powerful (in this case, Jupiter) must endure to get what they want (a night with mortal beauty Alcmena). Matthew Woods directs. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through June 12 | Curtain this week: Amphitryon: 7:30 pm Thurs + 4 pm Sat + 7:30 pm Wed | A Doctor in Spite of Himself: 8 pm Fri-Sat | double bill: 2 pm Sun | $15-$20; $20 double bill

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