Commonwealth Shakespeare Company makes its annual gift to the city in the form of a free outdoor Othello starring The Wire's Seth Gilliam in the title role and James Waterston as Iago on Boston Common (July 18 - August 15). Chelsea's Apollinaire Theatre Company presents its free outdoor show -- Cyrano de Bergerac (July 14-31) -- in a choice of English or Spanish. Also al fresco at Brighton's Christian Herter Park, Gabriel Kuttner performs the many, many roles of Becky Mode's hilarious comedy Fully Committed (July 15 - August 15).
In Cambridge, Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant -- a New York company that combines parodic hijinks with a catered supper -- touches down at the American Repertory Theatre's Oberon club for four "midsummer Sundays" (July 11 - August 1). At Cambridge's Central Square Theatre, ART veteran Thomas Derrah directs the delightful new three-man version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (July 22 - August 22), starring Remo Airaldi, Bill Mootos, and Trent Mills.
Beverly's North Shore Music Theatre is celebrating its miraculous resurrection with Gypsy (July 6-25), starring Vicki Lewis. Waltham's Reagle Players scored Sarah Pfisterer as Marian the Librarian for The Music Man (July 15-25). Becky Barta stars in Always...Patsy Cline at Stoneham Theatre (July 8-25).
On Cape Cod, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater romps through Born Yesterday, with Winslow Corbett as Billie Dawn (July 1-31); the kids' show Robin Hood, or Marian of Sherwood (July 5 - August 25); Tingle!, comic political commentary by Jimmy Tingle (July 5 - August 30); Cyrano, in a new three-actor adaptation (July 8 - August 7); and the regional premiere of Carter W. Lewis's dark high-school romance, The Storytelling Ability of a Boy (July 11-31). Up at the Provincetown Theater, David Drake directs David Parr's Off-Broadway-bound Slap & Tickle, a revealing bathhouse dramedy (July 6 - August 14).
Dennis' venerable Cape Playhouse offers Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (July 5-17) and Christopher Sieber as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (July 19 - August 7). The Vineyard Playhouse debuts Rhonda Coullet's "original goddess rock musical" Runaway Beauty Queen or the Lost Pleiad (July 6 - August 14), as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream outdoors (July 15 - August 15), and playwright Sam Forman appearing in his own Facebook-generation romcom, The Rise and Fall Of Annie Hall (July 24 - August 15). A highlight for the semiprofessional Theater Workshop of Nantucket is a benefit appearance by André De Shields in his new solo show Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: from Douglass to Deliverance at the Whaling Museum (July 12-13).
The Berkshires are of course a hotbed. The Williamstown Theater Festival features Justin Long and Owiso Odera as brothers-by-adoption in Mat Smart's Samuel J. and K. (July 7-18); John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, with Tim Daley, Margaret Colin, Ned Eisenberg, and Ato Essandoh (July 14-25); Amy Herzog's After the Revolution (July 21 - August 1), featuring Mark Blum, Peter Friedman, David Margulies, Katharine Powell, Lois Smith, Elliot Villar, and Mare Winningham; and the newly hot property Our Town, with Campbell Scott, John Rubenstein, and Becky Ann and Dylan Baker (July 28 - August 8).
Pittsfield's Barrington Stage Company is premiering Pool Boy by Nikos Tsakalakos and Janet Allard (July 13 - August 8), with a cast that includes Sara Gettelfinger and John Hickok. And on the Mainstage: Yasmina Reza's ever-popular Art (July 22 - August 7), with Brian Avers, Michael Countryman, and David Garrison.
Lenox's Shakespeare & Company has enlisted Obie winner John Douglas Thompson for Richard III (July 9 - September 5). Also on the S&Co. roster: Gardner McKay's Sea Marks, a late-life love story set in Ireland (July 9 - September 4); Daniel Klein's Mengelberg and Mahler, a one-man tour de force for Robert Lohbauer (July 11 - September 9); The Winter's Tale, with Jonathan Epstein as Leontes (July 15 - September 6); and the world premiere of Joan Ackerman's The Taster, with Rocco Sisto playing a translator obsessed by a medieval Basque courtier with a dangerous métier (July 28 - September 6).
In nearby Stockbridge, Randy Harrison stars in the Berkshire Theatre Festival production of Beckett's Endgame (July 6-24). Also on view: Ferenc Molnár's The Guardsman, featuring Mary Lousie Wilson, Jayne Atkinson, Richard Easton, and Michael Gill (June 13-31), and the family-friendly Rodgers & Hart fave Babes in Arms (July 27 - August 8).
Finally, Great Barrington's gloriously rehabbed Mahaiwe Theatre provides a pre-Broadway glimpse of Eric Simonson's football-bio Lombardi, starring Dan Laurie and Judith Light (July 22-28).