Play by Play: April 24, 2009

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 22, 2009

JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA | Artistic director Paul Daigneault is at the helm of this SpeakEasy Stage Company area premiere of the 2004 Olivier Award-winning London sensation, a "fascinating mix of high art and low culture" featuring "some unusual characters, each desperate for their 'Jerry Springer' moment." | Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | May 1-30 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues [May 26] | 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $51-$54; $46-$49 students, seniors; $30 gallery seats; $14 student rush

THE LADY'S NOT FOR BURNING | Vokes Players take on English playwright Christopher Fry's 1948 verse drama set in the Middle Ages but reflective of post-WW2 angst. Chris Cardoni directs the work, which centers on a world-weary soldier who wants to die and a witch who doesn't think that's a good idea. | Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre, Rte 20, Wayland | 508.358.4034 | April 30–May 16 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 pm [no May 2] + 8 pm Sat | $15-$18

NINE | Longwood Players take on the 1982 Tony Award-winning musical with book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. It's based on the Fellini film , in which a famous film director is besieged by the women in his life. Kevin Mark Kline directs. | Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 800.595.4849 | April 24–May 2 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 pm [May 2] + 8 pm Sat | $16-$25; $3 discount students, seniors

NUNSENSE | All in the Family vet Sally Struthers stars as Mother Superior in this 25th-anniversary tour of Dan Goggin's musical revue starring the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Goggin directs the production, which is presented by Reagle Players. | Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St, Waltham | 781.891.5600 | April 24-26 | Curtain 7:30 pm Fri | 2 + 7 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $35-$49; $1 discount seniors; youth 5-18 $10 with each paid adult ticket

SHAPESHIFTER | Laura Kepley directs this Trinity Repertory Company world premiere of a new work by Laura Schellhardt. Storytelling is what sets off this "lyrical play about our hunger to change the ones we love and to change ourselves for them." | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, RI | 401.351.4242 | May 1-31 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri + 2 pm [May 20] Wed | 2 pm [May 9, 16] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 pm [no May 3] + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$60; $20-$30 May 1-5 previews

SHOW BOAT | F. Wade Russo directs this Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble revival of the iconic 1927 musical based on Edna Ferber's novel about romantic and racial tensions on a Mississippi River entertainment vessel. The score, by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III, is ravishing, from "Ol' Man River" to "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." | Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St, Boston | 617.912.9222 | April 24-26 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $22; $12 seniors; $7 students with ID

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