Play by Play: March 27, 2009

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009

THE MIRACLE AT NAPLES | Artistic director Peter DuBois is at the helm of this Huntington Theatre Company world premiere of David Grimm's "outrageously smart and bawdy comedy" centered on a band of traveling commedia players in Renaissance Italy. While at New York's Public Theatre, DuBois directed the premiere of Grimm's 18th-century-set Measure for Pleasure, a similar mix of historical, linguistic, and sexual high jinks. | Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.266.0800 | April 3–May 9 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues [no April 28] | 2 pm [April 8, 29; May 6] + 7:30 pm [April 15 at 7 pm] Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 pm [no April 4] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm [no April 5] + 7 pm [no April 12 or 19] Sun | $20-$60; $10 discount BU community; $25 patrons 35 and under; $15 student rush, with college ID, two hours before curtain

PICNIC | William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer winner looks into what happens to a small Kansas community when a seductive stranger drifts into town. | Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St, Stoneham | 781.279.2200 | April 2-19 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $40; $35 seniors; $20 students

SPEAKER SERIES: THE MINDS THAT MOVE THE WORLD PRESENTS AL GORE | Having proved with Ann Coulter and Bill Maher that opposites attack, Citi Performing Arts Center offers former vice president and elected president Al Gore as part of its Speaker Series. | Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | 866.348.9738 | March 30 | Curtain 8 pm Mon | $38-$200

SPEECH AND 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

THE THREE MUSKETEERS! | Makeshift Theatre Company takes on Noah Smith's "swashbuckling adventure for the whole family." In Smith's gloss on Alexander Dumas, young d'Artagnan wants to be a Musketeer, but the French sword sharps of the title are all women. | Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline | www.coolidge.org| April 4, 11, 18, 19, 25 | Curtain 10:30 am Sat-Sun | Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington | 781.646.4849 | May 3 | Curtain 11 am Sun | $10; $8 children

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

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