Freddy (Jim Hunt) is not sure that he can outfox Lawrence (Dan Masden), in getting Christine’s (Heather Pruiksma) money in ’Dirty Rotten
Freddy (Jim Hunt) is not sure that he can outfox Lawrence (Dan Masden), in getting Christine's (Heather Pruiksma) money in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.'

Hilarity reigns in Littleton as Cannon Theatre wraps up its season with the riotous musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels playing weekends through June 8.

Adapted from the 1988 film, which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the musical version of Scoundrels opened on Broadway in 2005.

It involves Freddie Benson, a charming con man who lives off wealthy women by waking their compassion and passion with shocking stories about his fake fate.

One day in the fictitious French Riviera village of Beaumont Sur Mer, he meets Lawrence Jamieson, who shares his passion to scheme the rich ladies, yet in a different league. Lawrence takes Freddie under his wing, with surprising results.

Justin Nelson (Pale) & Jessie Notaro (Anna) in ’Burn This’
Justin Nelson (Pale) & Jessie Notaro (Anna) in 'Burn This' (Photo by Amy Bronkema)

Shawn Cannon directs the local production of the show, which was written by Jeffrey Lane, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek.

Performances at Cannon Theater, 410 Great Road, on Fridays-Saturdays through June 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday, May 25, matinee at 1 p.m. and a Thursday, June 6, performance at 7:30 p.m. $20, adults; $15, seniors over 65 and students; $10, kids, 12 and under. On line at www.MKTIX.com or tickets@thecannontheatre.org.

On the marquee

  • LANFORD WILSON CLASSIC: Fitchburg Theater Company wraps up its first season with Burn This by Lanford Wilson, playing May 23-June 1 at the NPTG Performing Arts Center, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. The play follows the confusing events in the aftermath of the mysterious, accidental death of Robbie, a brilliant young dancer. Dan Marcum of Pelham, N.H., directs. The cast features Brian Tuomi of Groton and Jim Stanton of Pelham, among others. Mature language and subject matter make the show inappropriate for children. $10-$15 at 978-314-6403 or www.fitchburgtheatercompany.org.
  • RASCALS RETURN: A hybrid of a rock concert and Broadway show, The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream tour plays the Boston Opera House June 25, 26, 28 and 29. Original band members of the Young Rascals -- Felix Cavailiere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli and Gene Cornish -- who lit up the charts with such iconic '60s hits as "Good Lovin'," "Groovin' " and "People Got to be Free" -- are touring the country now following their sold-out Broadway run this spring in the show written by guitar legend Steven Van Zandt. It marks their first time playing together since the early '70s. Visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com or call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 for ticket information.
  • BROADWAY CLASSIC: The Greater Lowell Music Theater and the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas will bring Frank Loesser's classic Guys and Dolls to life July 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., on the UML South Campus. Tickets are $20, adults; $15, students and seniors at 978-319-8867 or www.glmt.org.

Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.