Play by Play: July 23, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  July 21, 2010

OTHELLO | Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's annual free Boston Common presentation of the Bard this year goes green with his tragedy about the green-eyed monster. CSC's Steven Maler directs, as always, with Seth Gilliam in the title role, James Waterston as Iago, Marianna Bassham as Desdemona, Dan Roach as Cassio, and Adrianne Krstansky as Emilia. | Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand, Boston | 617.426.0863 or | July 28–August 15 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Sat | 7 pm Sun | Free

QUILLS | Bad Habit Productions serves up Doug Wright's 1995 play, with Timothy Otte as the charmingly irreverent Marquis de Sade, who's been committed to an asylum for penning oversexed, graphically violent tales, and Eric Hamel as the Abbé de Coulmier, who drives himself mad attempting to get the marquis to stop writing, telling, or even thinking about any more perverse stories. Daniel Morris directs. | Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 857.225.2836 or | July 29–August 8 | Curtain 8 pm Wed-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $20; $15 advance


ALWAYS . . . PATSY CLINE | Becky Barta stars as the country queen in this musical biography based on a series of letters Cline exchanged with a fan. The show has all the atmosphere of a genuine Patsy Cline concert, but it's no one-woman show; director Joy Hawkins portrays Patsy's pen pal, Louise. | Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St, Stoneham | 781.279.2200 or | Through July 25 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 pm + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $48; $42 seniors; $20 students

THE AMOROUS QUARREL | This early work by Molière includes all the trappings of great 17th-century comedy: several misunderstandings, gender swapping, and servants besting their superiors. Jenna Ware directs the "pair of sometimes-silly gentleman pining hopelessly for the same Lady, while her sister — long disguised as a man — searches for a way to claim one of them as her own." | Shakespeare & Company, Rose Footprint Theatre & Bankside, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or | Through August 28 | Curtain this week: 5:30 pm Fri-Sat + Wed | $10; free for age 18 and under

BORN YESTERDAY | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater serves up Garson Kanin's 1946 play (which you probably know better as the 1950 film with Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, and William Holden) about a tycoon who goes to Washington and, while shopping for the odd congressman, hires a journalist to give his girlfriend some polish. No prizes for guessing that the girlfriend and the journalist take to each other. Dan Lombardo directs. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT or | Through July 31 | Curtain 8 pm Tues + Thurs-Sat | $17-$34

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS | Dennis Krausnick directs this very early Shakespeare comedy, which is chock full of puns, wordplay, and mistaken identities. Two sets of identical twins, both separated at birth, settle in the same town. The result? More Three Stooges than Twelfth Night, but a riot nonetheless. | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or | Through September 4 | Curtain this week: 12:45 pm Thurs [July 22]-Sat + Wed-Thurs [July 29] | $16-$24

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