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Critic's picks

By Don Aucoin
Globe Staff / May 22, 2011

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JIHAD JONES AND THE KALASHNIKOV BABES In Yussef El Guindi’s Hollywood satire, a struggling Arab-American stage actor is offered a big-bucks movie role. But the role — an Islamic terrorist — is just the kind of invidious stereotype he abhors. May 25-June 25. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, Wellfleet. 508-349-9428, www.what.org

MY FAIR LADY In this Lerner & Lowe classic, Charles Shaughnessy stars as Professor Henry Higgins, who resolves to overhaul the Cockney accent of flower girl Eliza Doolittle (played by Lisa O’Hare) and make a proper lady out of her. June 7-June 19. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org

WEST SIDE STORY Jets, Sharks, star-crossed lovers, and Officer Krupke: They’re all here in this national touring production of the 2009 Broadway revival. The revival was directed by Arthur Laurents, who died earlier this month. His direction has been re-created by Needham native and Holy Cross grad David Saint, who was the associate director of the Broadway show. June 14-July 9. Colonial Theatre. 800-982-2787, www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Boston

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE In this centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, director David Cromer (“Our Town’’) tackles the playwright’s greatest work. Jessica Hecht stars as Blanche DuBois, and Sam Rockwell plays Stanley Kowalski. June 22-July 3. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400 (after June 1), www.wtfestival.org

THE WHO’S TOMMY Randy Harrison (“Wicked,’’ “Queer as Folk’’) plays Tommy, the “deaf, dumb, and blind kid’’ who stuns the multitudes with his pinball wizardry, while James Barry (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’’) is Captain Walker and Jenny Powers is Mrs. Walker. July 7-July 16. Berkshire Theatre Festival. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. 413-298-5576, www.berkshiretheatre.org

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL The low-born Helena loves Count Bertram, but he doesn’t love her back. By hook, crook, and a nifty bed trick, Helena sets out to change his mind in “All’s Well That Ends Well,’’ which will mark the 16th year that Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has performed Shakespeare on the Common. July 27-Aug. 14. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand. 617-426-0863, ext. 1, www.commshakes.org

RED-HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS A one-woman show starring Tina Packer as the legendary Texas columnist, humorist, and iconoclast who coined the nickname “Shrub’’ for George W. Bush, just one of many politicians who learned what it felt like to be on the business end of Molly’s wit. Aug. 3-Sept. 4, Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS’ DIVORCE Talk about close to the bone: First, members of the Civilians, a New York-based theater troupe, interviewed their own parents about how they met, fell in love, fell out of love, and broke up. Then they stepped into the roles of their parents, playing them onstage in “You Better Sit Down.’’ Aug. 16-21. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400 (after June 1), www.wtfestival.org

5 MOJO SECRETS In this play by Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, part of the African-American Festival of Theater & Music, a couple share stories of their complicated marriage and careers. Aug. 17-20. Vineyard Playhouse, Martha’s Vineyard. 508-696-6300, www.vineyardplayhouse.org

FIGHTING OVER BEVERLY Israel Horovitz revised his 1993 romantic comedy about a woman named Beverly (played by Sandra Shipley) who is caught in the middle between the Gloucester fisherman she married as a war bride half a century ago and the British chap she threw over in order to marry the American. Aug. 25-Sept. 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.org