Play by Play: July 30, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  July 29, 2010

RICHARD III | Shakespeare & Company artistic director Tony Simotes helms this production of the Bard's history play about the hunchback who, "determined to prove a villain," maneuvers his way to the English throne, stepping on family members and pretty much everyone else in his rise to the top. With John Douglas Thompson in the title role and Tod Randolph as Elizabeth. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or | Through September 5 | Curtain this week: 2 pm Thurs [July 29] + Sun | 7:30 pm Tues | 2 pm Wed | $15-$43

SEA MARKS | Daniela Varon directs Gardner McKay's 1982 play about love blooming between two seemingly mismatched individuals. Walton Wilson plays the Irish fisherman with "a soul as deep as the ocean"; Kristin Wold plays a Welsh native seeking the city life and a publishing career. A love of poetry and the written word unites the pair. | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or | Through September 4 | Curtain this week: 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | 8 pm Thurs [August 5] | $15-$38

TINGLE! STARRING JIMMY TINGLE | Jimmy got his start in Boston, and he's been making the funny since 1980. He brings his now-famous comedic voice to WHAT for this one-man show; expect cheerful, intelligent monologues and biting social commentary. Rand Foerster directs. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet | 508.349.9428 or | Through August 30 | Curtain 8 pm Sun-Mon | $12-$25

THE WINTER'S TALE | Director Kevin G. Coleman promises "nothing less than magic. . . . It's about making the impossible, possible." We'll see how he decides to make Shakespeare's most famous stage direction possible: "Exit, pursued by bear." Jonathan Epstein stars as Leontes; Elizabeth Aspenlieder plays Hermione. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or | Through September 5 | Curtain this week: 2 pm Sat | 7:30 pm Sun | 7:30 pm Thurs [August 5] | $14-$85


BLUE MAN GROUP | The Drama Desk Award–winning trio of cobalt-painted bald pates begin their delightful and deafening evening of anti–performance art beating drums that are also deep buckets of paint, so that sprays of color jump from the instruments like breaking surf, and end by engulfing the spectators in tangles of toilet paper. | Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St, Boston | 617.931.ARTS or | Indefinitely | Curtain this week: 5 + 8 pm Thurs [July 29] | 7 pm Fri | 2 + 5 + 8 pm Sat | 4 + 7 pm Sun | 8 pm Mon-Thurs [August 5] | $48-$62; $30 student rush

THE DONKEY SHOW | Diane Paulus & Randy Weiner's disco-set riff on A Midsummer Night's Dream is an hour-long work set in the Studio 54–inspired environs of Club Oberon and framed by episodes of Saturday Night Fever in which you may or may not choose to star. The dramatis personae include Dr. Wheelgood, a gold-lamé-clad Puck on roller skates; club owner Mr. Oberon, who's out to humiliate his haughty diva girlfriend, Tytania; desperately yearning or cockily dismissive lovers Helen, Dimitri, Mia, and Sander; and a twin couple of ruffle-shirted, Afro-coiffed dudes both named Vinnie. Ingeniously double-cast, sexily supple, and screeching into headsets, they join the paying crowd (a small minority of whom occupy tables in a cabaret area that also sees action) for an immersive night of hedonism and hustle driven by the pounding beat and melodramatic passions of disco hits from the 1970s. | Oberon, Mass Ave + Arrow St, Cambridge | 617.547.8300 or | Indefinitely | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 8 + 10:30 pm Sat | $25-$49

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