SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Against all odds and expectations, the classic 1952 movie is transposed to the stage with its droll wit and buoyant charm pretty much intact. Directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, with a strong cast headed by Mark Evans in the Gene Kelly role, this “Singin’ in the Rain’’ is suffused with an affection for the original and an understanding of what made it special, but also with enough ingenuity and personality to bring it distinctly alive onstage. Through Aug. 28. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org
AND NO MORE SHALL WE PARTJane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle’’) delivers a quietly shattering performance as a middle-age woman contemplating suicide in the face of terminal illness, and Alfred Molina excels as the husband desperately fearful of losing her. Directed by Anne Kauffman, this superb US premiere of Tom Holloway’s play offers a succession of intensely human moments. Few dramas have captured the end of life with more emotional truthfulness. Through Aug. 21. Williamstown Theatre Festival at Nikos Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400, www.wtfestival.org
CONSTELLATIONS A small gem by the young British playwright Nick Payne about love, fate, parallel universes, and the infinite possibilities of any human life. Performed with piercing subtlety by Kate Baldwin, as a theoretical physicist, and Graham Rowat, as a beekeeper with whom she falls in love. Directed by Gregg Edelman. Through Aug. 27. Berkshire Theatre Group at Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
This 1995 theatrical song cycle demonstrates why composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown (“The Last Five Years,’’ “The Bridges of Madison County’’) began to attract a devoted following — and also why he got on some people’s nerves. Elegantly staged by Robert Walsh and ably performed by a talented cast of five led by Broadway veteran Barbara Walsh (the director’s cousin), the show is loosely structured around a series of defining moments faced by unnamed characters on circuitous journeys of self-discovery. Through Aug. 27. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com
Boston's and the country's longest-running non-musical has been playing to full houses ever since it opened in 1980. A murder mystery set in a unisex hair salon, it is a unique theatrical experience. It started in Boston and has played all over the world, including Budapest, Rome, and Mexico City. The audience gets involved in this interactive whodunit. The actors keep it fresh and topical bined with cooking seems to blend in seamlessly and in the cozy atmosphere of the Charles Playhouse, it makes for a fun, lighthearted evening's entertainment. Through the years, it has developed a cult-like following, and many have seen it numerous times. The ending changes depending on the audience. In honor of its 20th anniversary here in Boston, there will be special fundraising activities to benefit Rosie's Place in its efforts to create a Wellness Center at its South End facility.
Tuesday - Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 3 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: (617) 426-5225
Charles Playhouse, Warrenton Street, Boston
Blue Man Group
Upstairs at the Charles, this is another long-run hit that takes theatre to another level.It's new. It's cool. BLUE MAN GROUP has updated the wildly popular theatrical show in Boston! Taking a closer look at the technology that both surrounds and isolates us, BLUE MAN GROUP showcases technogeek ingenuity while uniting the audience in primal, collective exhilaration. Signature BLUE MAN GROUP moments combine with breathtakingly fun new pieces for an explosive evening of entertainment It's a happening . . . ninety minutes of non-verbal mayhem. Actors painted blue from head to toe play drums, mime and most of all amuse. Their look at life is totally off the wall. The ultimate "theatre of the absurd." A must-see-to-believe event.
Tues.-Fri 8 p.m.
Sat 6:30 and 9:30pm.
Sun at 3 & 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 and $45.
Upstairs at the Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston
Tips for the Bargain Bunch!
You may be able to catch theatre in Boston for half price. Here are places where you can get discounted tickets:
BosTix sells tickets to a good variety of shows at their locations in Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, and the Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, Cambridge. BosTix is also a Ticketmaster outlet. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Not all shows offer tickets through BosTix.
The Huntington Repertory Theatresells half-price tickets within two hours of showtime for Tuesday through Thursday performances.
The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge offers discounts to students for unsold tickets 30 minutes before showtime, and at 11 a.m. Monday, and "pay what you can" tickets are sold for available Saturday matinees.
The Charles Playhouse on Warrenton Street in Boston is offering free admission for volunteer ushers needed for its current long-run production of "Blue Man Group." Arrive one hour before showtime, and stay 15 minutes after to help clean up. You need to wear all black. If you're interested, call (617) 426-6912 for more information.