Play by Play: April 10, 2009

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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 8, 2009

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AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' | Erstwhile American Idol Ruben Studdard stars in this 30th-anniversary national tour of the Tony-winning 1978 musical revue by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr. built on the tunes of composer, stride pianist, and 1930s Harlem fixture Thomas 'Fats' Waller, among them "Honeysuckle Rose," "This Joint Is Jumpin'," and "Your Feet's Too Big." Maltby Jr. is at the helm; the cast includes two other Idol alums, Frenchie Davis and Trenyce Cobbins. Citi Performing Arts Center and the City of Boston are the presenters. | Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester | 866.348.9738 | April 10-12 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $28-$58

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY | Boston Children's Theatre brings to the stage children's author Judith Viorst's 1998 musical version of her popular 1972 tome about the title kid and a particularly rotten if hardly extraordinary 24 hours. | Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts, 186 Tremont St, Boston | 617.424.6634 | April 18–May 3 | Curtain 2 pm Wed-Sat [Wed-Thurs April 22-23 only] | $12-$20

ANTIRETROVIRALS AND WATER REFUGEES: A LIVING NEWSPAPER ON HAITI | MIT Dramashop utilizes puppets, shadow theater, toy theater, video and audio sampling, and live brass music as it "looks at the past, present, and future of Haiti in terms of the politics of global health care as refracted through the work of Paul Farmer's Partners in Health organization and its fight against AIDS." MIT guest artist and puppeteer John Bell directs. Post-show discussions follow. | Kresge Little Theater at MIT, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge |www.dramashop.mit.edu/tickets| April 9-17 | Curtain 8 pm Wed-Sat | $8; $6 students

CHARLOTTE'S WEB | Roll over, Beth of Little Women fame — there may be no bigger tearjerker in youth literature than the demise of the arachnid who befriends a pig in E.B. White's classic tale. It's brought to the stage by Joseph Robinette; Jane Staab directs a cast led by Merle Perkins, Robert Saoud, and Grace Brakeman. | Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 the Riverway, Boston | 617.879.2300 | April 10–May 10 | Curtain 1 pm Tues-Thurs [April 21-23] | 1 pm [April 24] + 7:30 pm Fri | 3 pm Sat-Sun | $15-$25; $10 Pajama Party Fridays; $13 Teens Take Charge

DAME EDNA: MY FIRST LAST TOUR | The lavender-locked, gladioli-hurling female alter ego of Australian comic Barry Humphries returns with "her new and uniquely intimate offering, which she created on her private multi-million-acre, possum-infested luxury estate in her native Australia." Don't sit too near the front unless you're into audience participation, which, whether you're willing or not, will ensue, as Dame Edna unleashes her sequined splendor and confides her deepest thoughts. | Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St, Boston | 800-982-2787 | April 16-19 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $50-$67.50 | Jim Sullivan's interview with Dame Edna in "Back Talk," on page 58

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