Comedy goes screwball in the Lyric Stage’s world premiere of local scribe Jack Neary’s Kong’s Night Out (May 5–June 3; 617.585.5678), which is set in the hotel suite “from which Faye Wray is plucked that fateful night.” The Boston Theatre Marathon (May 21; Calderwood Pavilion; 617.933.8600) is the eighth annual assault of 50 10-minute plays by New England playwrights produced by 50 companies. Zeitgeist Stage also gets racy with Brian Dykstra’s sexually charged barroom thriller Hiding Behind Comets (April 28–May 20; BCA; 617.933.8600). Dance blooms all spring as well. Boston Ballet presents “An Evening of Russian Ballet” (May 4–7; 800.447.7400) at the Wang Theatre, then gets sassy for Jorma Elo’s Carmen (May 11–21). Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 25–30; 617.447.7400) makes its annual April visit to the Wang Theatre under the auspices of the Bank of America Celebrity Series. And Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, with its male swan corps, comes to the Colonial Theatre (April 20–23; 866.523.7469). Across the river, CRASHarts (617.876.4275) commissions new works by homegrown companies for the fourth Dance Straight Up! at Zero Arrow Theatre. World premieres this year come from Debra Bluth and Lorraine Chapman, the Company (May 12–13), and Collage Dance Ensemble (May 11 and 14).
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