Play by Play: August 13, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  August 10, 2010

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 + Wed-Thurs | $16-$24

CURTAINS | The Newton Country Players stage this musical comedy about a backstage murder mystery in 1959 Boston. "The supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening-night curtain call. Can a police detective who moonlights as a musical-theater fan save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself?" Bill Doscher directs, with music direction by Brett Hinkel and choreography by Laura Espy. | Massachusetts Bay Community College, 50 Oakland St, Wellesley Hills | 617.244.9538 or | Through August 15 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $20; $18 students, seniors

"FEVER FEST 10: LEFT OFF DREAMING" | Small Theatre Alliance of Boston continues what started as Whistler in the Dark's annual summer festival; it's now in its fifth year. On the bill: Bad Habit Productions in Rich Orloff's A Womb with a View, Kelly DuMar in her own Your Dream of Me, Fort Point Theatre Channel in Silvia Graziano's Heads or Tales?, GAN-e-meed Theatre Project in Stacey Lane's Lucy Dreaming, and M. Lynda Robinson in her own A Good Cup of Tea. | Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston | | Through August 14 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | $15; $5 Wed preview

THE FIREBIRD | Based on the Russian folk tale and inspired by Igor Stravinsky's ballet, this work weaves together storytelling, illuminated art, and the circus — "Actors on a flying trapeze, puppets, original music, Georgian folk songs, and rousing instrumental pieces will all be part of this living, ethereal fairy tale/myth." The production is the brainchild of Russian stage actress Oksana Mysina, Russian writer John Freedman, the Charlestown Working Theater, and Q-Staff Theater. | Double Edge Theatre, 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield | 866.811.4111 or | Through August 22 | Curtain 8 pm Wed-Sun | $25; $22 students, seniors

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