All Shakespeare all the time is the offering by the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs at the Pell-Chafee Performance Center, with Much Ado About Nothing (October 17-20) and Twelfth Night (October 31-November 3).
Speaking of the Bard, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre (TRIST) will stage a free production of Macbeth in the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence (October 10-27), Thursdays through Sundays at 7 pm.
Brown University Theater is presenting the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Water by the Spoonful , by 2004 graduate Quiara Alegría Hudes (September 26-October 6), about a returning Iraqi war veteran trying to find himself. That will be followed by Tennessee Williams’s tale of a self-deluding Southern belle, A Streetcar Named Desire (October 31-November 10), and Mary Stuart , Friedrich Schiller’s accounts of the last days of Mary, Queen of Scots (December 5-8).
Plenty is happening at Roger Williams University, starting with one-act comedies in An Evening of Durang! (September 20-21) and Ovid’s Metamorphoses (October 11-19). A Stage Company One-Act Festival is next (October 25-26), featuring the morality play The Game , by Louise Bryant, and Helena’s Husband , a takeoff on Greek tragedy by Philip Moeller. Other universities will also be busy. Providence College is presenting another sendup of Chekhov, Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor (October 25-November 3). Rhode Island College will offer the Craig Lucas romantic comedy Prelude to a Kiss (September 25-29) and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (November 13-17). And at the University of Rhode Island, Annie Weisman’s Be Aggressive (October 10-20) relates a teenage girl’s journey of discovery, and Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves (November 14-24) is a bedroom farce involving three dysfunctional couples.