Play by Play: March 20, 2009

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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009

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BAD DATES | Merrimack Repertory Theatre hosts this co-production with Lenox-based Shakespeare & Company of Theresa Rebeck's one-woman comedy about a divorced single mom with a closet stuffed with 600 pairs of shoes, a restaurant-management job that may have Romanian mob connections, and a dubious romantic life. She regales us as she prepares for and winds down from the largely unsuccessful liaisons of the title. Ace comedienne Elizabeth Aspenlieder stars. | Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | 978.654.4MRT | Through April 12 | Curtain 2 pm [March 25] + 8 pm Wed | 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 4:30 pm [no March 21] + 8:30 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [no evening April 12] Sun | $26-$56

THE BUDDHA — IN HIS OWN WORDS | After several workshop productions in the Boston area, writer/performer Evan Brenner unveils his one-man play taken from the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama — who lived in northern India 500 years before Christ and is better known as the Buddha — in its official world premiere. Brenner presents "the authentic texts" and enacts "the extraordinary life of the man, start to finish. It's no dry tale — the Buddha's life stands among the great archetypal adventure stories." Indiana Jones, eat your heart out. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | March 25–April 4 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $28-$33; $5 discount students, seniors | Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 800.838.3006 | April 10-12 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 3 + 7:30 pm Sun | $25-$30; $5 discount students, seniors

COMPANY ONE CELEBRATION X | Company One celebrates its tenth anniversary with a big blowout featuring performances by Cabaret X performers including John Kuntz, Rick Park, Marvelyn McFarlane of Voyeurs de Venus, and the cast of Kuntz's upcoming Superheroine Monologues. There's also light fare and silent and live auctions. Liz Walker is special guest; Lois Roach and David Wheeler will be honored for their "creative mentorship." Semi-formal or "creative" attire is recommended. | Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston |www.companyone.org| March 19 | 6-9 pm Thurs | $75

LOOK AND LONG — A GERTRUDE STEIN MISCELLANY | Imaginary Beasts theater company unveils "a series of playful vignettes" rooted in The Gertrude Stein First Reader. Matthew Woods directs. | Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through April 4 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed [April 1] | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $23; discounts seniors, students

MOVIN' OUT | The Twyla Tharp juggernaut based on the songs of Billy Joel is back for five performances, with Brenda and Eddie from "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and Tony and Sergeant O'Leary from "Movin' Out" and Judy from "Why, Judy, Why" and James from "James" but no dialogue. | Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St, Boston, Cambridge | 800.982.ARTS | March 20-22 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $40-$79.50

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