9. The Last Will:: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University team up to present the last play in Robert Brustein's trilogy about the Bard. It imagines our hero's post-retirement years in Stratford, where, in the grip of a fatal illness, he struggles to differentiate fact from fiction. Allyn Burrows plays Shakespeare, Brooke Adams the inheritor of the infamous second-best bed. :: February 13–24 :: Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St, Boston :: 800.440.7654 or commshakes.org

10. The Next Thing (TNT) Festival:: Controversial monologist Mike Daisey, a live and recorded performance based on the works of David Foster Wallace, the return of musical/spoken word ensemble UNIVERSES, and Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth by local avant-garde troupe Sleeping Weazel are among the highlights of this collaboration between ArtsEmerson, the Center for Theater Commons at Emerson College, and New York's Under the Radar Festival. :: Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston :: February 15–24 :: 617.824.8400 or artsemerson.org

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