Elsewhere on smaller Boston stages, Charlestown Working Theater brings to town Berlin’s Theatre Kranevit in JORINDE AND JORINGLE (October 26-29), a mask-and-puppet performance taken from the Brothers Grimm, and Obie-winning New York–based puppeteers Great Small Works in THE RAPTURE PROJECT (November 16-19), which examines the phenomenon of religion in American politics. Local jazzman Stan Strickland appears in his one-man show COMING UP FOR AIR — AN AUTOJAZZOGRAPHY (BCA, September 27–October 14), which is written and directed by Jon Lipsky. Strickland and Lipsky have collaborated for two years on the work, the jumping-off point of which is Strickland’s near drowning off the coast of Hawaii. Company One presents Gina Gionfriddo’s AFTER ASHLEY (BCA, October 27–November 18), which focuses on a teenage boy who’s excruciatingly catapulted to media celebrity by personal tragedy; it was well received in 2005 Off Broadway. And at the same venue, Boston Theatre Works offers A VERY MERRY UNAUTHORIZED CHILDREN’S SCIENTOLOGY PAGEANT (November 24–December 16). A 2004 Obie winner by Kyle Jarrow that was dubbed “an instant cult classic” by the Los Angeles Times, it’s a tongue-in-cheek Nativity pageant devoted to the life of Tom Cruise’s personal savior, L. Ron Hubbard.
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