Play by Play: August 28, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 26, 2009

WHITE PEOPLE | Jason Asprey, Michael Hammond, and Dana Harrison star in this Shakespeare & Company production of J.T. Rogers's innocuously titled powder keg of a theater piece, three interwoven monologues by non-redneck Caucasians that reveal the racism endemic in American society — particularly when backs are pushed to the wall. There's the liberal New York college instructor with a conflicted attitude toward a bright black student. There's the smug lawyer who's moved from Brooklyn to St. Louis in search of homogeneity and safety for his family. And finally the Southern former prom queen who's felt her "possibility" slip away; she's left with money problems, an unsatisfying marriage, and a child with a rare form of epilepsy. Anna Brownsted directs. | Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | Through September 4 | Curtain 8:30 pm Tues-Sun [no August 28] | $12-$48


INDEFINITELY

BLUE MAN GROUP | The Drama Desk Award–winning trio of cobalt-painted bald pates begin their delightful and deafening evening of anti–performance art beating drums that are also deep buckets of paint, so that sprays of color jump from the instruments like breaking surf, and end by engulfing the spectators in tangles of toilet paper. | Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St, Boston | 617.931.ARTS | Indefinitely | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Thurs | 7 pm Fri | 2 + 5 + 8 pm Sat | 4 + 7 pm Sun | $48-$62; $30 student rush

SHEAR MADNESS | The dramatis personae of the audience-participation whodunit (which is now the longest-running non-musical in American theater history, having run 29 years in Boston) continue to comb Newbury Street for the murderer of a classical pianist who lived over the unisex hair salon where the show is set. | Charles Playhouse Stage II, 74 Warrenton St, Boston | 617.426.5225 | Indefinitely | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Fri | 6 + 9 pm Sat | 3 + 7 pm Sun | $42; $31.50 with AAA discount; half-price college-student rush, one ticket per college ID, at the box office, one hour prior to curtain

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