Play by Play: July 30, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  July 29, 2010


THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS | The Cape Cod Theatre Project presents Mike Daisey's monologue about the life of Apple Computers CEO Steve Jobs. "Daisey weaves a tale of hubris, hilarity, hucksterism and brilliance, revealing how Apple Computer has taken on a significant role in his life and in the world." Jean-Michelle Gregory directs. | Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth | 508.457.4242 or | Through July 31 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $20; $10 students

THE AMOROUS QUARREL | This early work by Molière includes all the trappings of great 17th-century comedy: several misunderstandings, gender swapping, and servants besting their superiors. Jenna Ware directs the "pair of sometimes-silly gentleman pining hopelessly for the same Lady, while her sister — long disguised as a man — searches for a way to claim one of them as her own." | Shakespeare & Company, Rose Footprint Theatre & Bankside, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or | Through August 28 | Curtain this week: 5:30 pm Fri-Sat + Wed-Thurs [August 5] | $10; free for age 18 and under

BORN YESTERDAY | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater serves up Garson Kanin's 1946 play (which you probably know better as the 1950 film with Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, and William Holden) about a tycoon who goes to Washington and, while shopping for the odd congressman, hires a journalist to give his girlfriend some polish. No prizes for guessing that the girlfriend and the journalist take to each other. Dan Lombardo directs. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT or | Through July 31 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $17-$34

CANDYLAND: A RECESSION COMEDY | New Exhibition Room presents the world premiere of Dawn M. Simmons's tale of employment woes and the recession. Somehow, it's a comedy, its modern landscape loaded with weird encounters, dragons, zombies, imaginary gunfights, and karaoke. The idea, we're told, is to "dramatize the frustration and aggression that comes from being out of work, losing your home, your identity. We're trying to tap into that sense of being a child again, when very little is in your control." A. Nora Long directs. | Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston | 866.811.4111 or | Through August 14 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $10 advance; pay what you can/free rush tickets at the door

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS | Dennis Krausnick directs this very early Shakespeare comedy, which is chock full of puns, wordplay, and mistaken identities. Two sets of identical twins, both separated at birth, settle in the same town. The result? More Three Stooges than Twelfth Night, but a riot nonetheless. | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or | Through September 4 | Curtain this week: 12:45 pm Thurs-Sat | $16-$24

CONNI'S AVANT GARDE RESTAURANT | Dinner theater with a difference! "Eighty guests are treated to a five-course, locally sourced, seasonal dining experience, with food carefully prepared by the performers themselves and served with charismatic flourish by self-proclaimed geniuses of the avant-garde theater." In between bites, "the audience follows the story of the company's aging diva, Muffin Character Hanshake" — who here is played by Rachel Murdy, creator of the roles of Mr. Oberon and Mia in The Donkey Show in New York. | Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge | | August 1 | Curtain 6:30 pm [6 pm doors] Sun | $65 includes meal and complimentary table wine

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