Play by Play: August 13, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  August 10, 2010

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW | Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theatre takes on Richard O'Brien's 1973 musical, which he later adapted into the 1975 cult film Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devotees of the movie will be surprised to hear more singing from Rocky and an extra song for Brad in the stage play, but almost all of the callbacks will still apply. Roy Kimmey is the scandalously sweet transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter; Matt Stone directs; Chris Gummerson is the music director. | Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theatre, Loeb Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge |www.hcs.harvard.edu/hrst| Through August 13 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | $10; $6 students

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 shakespeare.org | Through September 4 | Curtain this week: 8 pm Sat + Tues | $15-$38

SHAKESPEARE ON LOVE | Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents this family-friendly, outdoor, educational romp through sonnets, scenes, and songs inspired by Shakespeare's works. Ryan Maxwell directs a cast made up of "pre-professional actors enrolled as apprentices in CSC's first inaugural Summer Academy." | Jeep Jones Playground, Nashua + Charles Sts, Roxbury; Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, Tremont + Winter Sts, Boston; Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Ave + Cross St, Boston | commshakes.org | Through August 19 | Curtain 10:30 am Fri [Jeep Jones Playground] | 2 pm Sat [Parkman Bandstand] | 6:30 pm Wed [Jeep Jones Playground] | 6:30 pm Thurs [August 19] [Christopher Columbus Park] | Free

THE TASTER | Tina Packer directs the world premiere of Joan Ackermann's play within a play about a man translating an ancient, obscure play about a king and his beloved food taster. Characters pass between the present and the mediæval as the translation process provides the depressed scholar with an enlightened message about service to others. Rocco Sisto, Maureen O'Flynn, Tom O'Keefe, and Robert Biggs make up the cast. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or shakespeare.org | Through September 4 | Curtain this week: 2 pm Thurs [August 12] | 7:30 pm Fri | 2 pm Sat + Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs [August 19] | $15-$43

THE TEMPEST | Gurnet Theatre presents Shakespeare's comedic romance about a magical island and a supernatural storm. Prospero (Michael Fisher) discovers his traitorous brother Antonio (Brendan Rogers) is on a passing ship, and the rest of the boat's passengers become players in Prospero's payback plan, among them the honorable Prince Ferdinand (Dan Lovley), who falls in love with Prospero's daughter Miranda (Ali Harrington). The performance is outdoors, so bring a chair or blanket and hope that the weather doesn't live up to the play's name. Michael Duncan Smith directs. | Myles Standish Monument State Reservation, Duxbury | gurnettheatre.com | Through August 15 | Curtain 5:30 pm Fri-Sun | Free

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