Play by Play: March 20, 2009

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009

REVELSSPRING SING: A FAMILY CELEBRATION OF SPRING | Revels Inc. stages this audience-participatory celebration of the solstice featuring song leader David Coffin and soloist Mary Casey. "Welcome spring with seasonal songs and a mummers' play performed by children in the spring workshop. At the end of the evening, meet new people as you change partners in a country dance and then share the bounty of homemade treats." | St. John's Church Hall, 80 Mount Auburn St, Watertown |www.revels.org| March 20 | Curtain 7 pm Fri | $10; children under 12 free

SLAMBOSTON | Company One has taken over the format popularized by Another Country Productions. Eight 10-minute plays compete, in the manner of a poetry slam, for a cash prize. Audience mayhem is part of the act. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | March 24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues | $20

SPEECH & DEBATE | Jeremy Johnson helms the Boston premiere of Stephen Karam's 2007 Off Broadway hit — which Variety pronounced a "savvy comedy" — about a trio of high-school misfits who're galvanized by a scandal involving one of their teachers into starting a speech-and-debate club to air their views. Look for singing allusions to the Salem Witch Trials. | Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St, Boston | 617.585.5678 | March 27–April 25 | Curtain 2 pm [April 1, 22] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $25-$50

STRIPPED STORIES | The monthly airing of sex-themed storytelling dreamed up by MTV's Giulia Rozzi and Spike TV's Margot Leitman features NPR's Tim McIntire and ImProv Boston's Jessica Sutich revealing juicy episodes from their one-lives-to-live. Musical guest is Mindy Raf. | Mottley's Comedy Club, 61 Chatham St, Boston | 877.548.3237 | March 19 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs | $15

THE THREE YIDDISH DIVAS | "Broadway diva" Joanne Bartz, "concert stage diva" Adrienne Cooper, and "jazz-cabaret diva" Theresa Tova (sounds like the Spice Girls) join forces in a program of Yiddish, jazz, cabaret, and theater songs presented by the Jewish Theatre of New England. | Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St, Newton Centre | 617.965.5226 | March 21-22 | Curtain 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $28; $26 students, seniors; $2 discount JCC members

TROJAN BARBIE | The American Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of Christine Evans's collision of Mattel and Euripides, in which a doll-repair expert vacations in Turkey, where ancient Troy used to be, and The Trojan Women gets an unlikely new heroine. Co-starring Skipper as Andromache. Carmel O'Reilly directs; Karen MacDonald and Paula Langton lead the cast. | Zero Arrow Theatre, Mass Ave + Arrow St, Cambridge | 617.547.8300 | March 28–April 22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $25-$52; $10 discount seniors; $25 students advance purchase; $15 students day-of; $15 50-@-15-at-noon day-of

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES | For the tenth year, Northeastern University joins "the global effort to stop violence against women and girls" with this V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler's collection of fierce and/or funny monologues about female sexuality. The show is sponsored by NU's Theater Department, and its proceeds will benefit Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. and Elizabeth Stone House. | Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall, NU campus, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.373.4700 | March 20-21 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | $15

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