Play by Play: March 20, 2009

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009

VOX LUMIERE – THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME | A "radical new brand of theatrical performance" piggybacks on Victor Hugo in this combination of "a kickin' rock concert, a classic silent film, and the live drama of musical theater." The brainchild of composer and songwriter Kevin Saunders Hayes, the show is built on the 1923 film that stars Lon Chaney as Quasimodo and also features eight singers/dancers, a band, new music, multimedia, and a light show. | Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | 800.233.3123 | March 25-29 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun | $45-$65

WEEKEND AT THE DREAMING CLOUD | "Memories of the past and choices for the future haunt a middle-aged woman determined to sell her inheritance as she returns to her family home in coastal Maine" in Kelly DuMar's play, which gets a staged reading courtesy of Nora Theatre Company and Central Square Theater's "Play It Forward!" series. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.576.9278 | March 23-24 | Curtain 7 pm Mon-Tues | Free; $10 suggested donation

WHAT @ WILLY'S | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater revives its winter series of new-play readings at Willy's gym. | March 20: John (Fabuloso) Kolvenbach's Mrs. Whitney, a "heartbreaking, hilarious drama" about an oldsters' love triangle. | March 27: Allison Moore's Slasher, in which a feminist mom goes on a rampage to stop her daughter appearing in the low-budget cinematic gore fest she regards as her "big break." | Willy's World Wellness & Conference Center, 4730 State Highway 6, North Easton | 508.349.3011 | Through March 27 | Curtain 7:45 pm Friday; drinks and dinner at 6 pm | $29, includes four-course buffet and reading

THE WRESTLING PATIENT | SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and FortyMagnolias Productions team up to present the world premiere of a new play written by Kirk Lynn, Anne Gottlieb, and Obie winner Katie Pearl. A finalist in the National Endowment for the Arts' Outstanding New American Play competition, the play draws on the life and writings of Etty Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman forced to choose between retaining her integrity and saving her life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. She died in Auschwitz in 1943. Pearl directs a cast featuring Daniel Berger-Jones, Joel Colodner, Gottlieb, Marya Lowry, Will Lyman, and Will McGarrahan. | Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | March 27–April 11 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $40-$44; $35-$39 students, seniors; $30 gallery seats; $14 student rush, with ID, at the box office, one hour prior to curtain


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