Play by Play: September 25, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 22, 2009

PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL | This fourth annual four-day orgy of all things Williams serves up A Streetcar Named Desire? in a New Zealand production with a Maori playing Stanley Kowalski ? plus a passel of works you've likely never heard of, let alone seen: the recently discovered The Day on Which a Man Dies, a fantasia on the death of Jackson Pollock; the world-premiere production of The Enemy: Time, a precursor to Sweet Bird of Youth, and then Sweet Bird of Youth the film, with Paul Newman; The Case of the Crushed Petunias, a little-known Williams play written in 1941 that takes place in a small Massachusetts town and will be performed in a storefront at the end of a historic walking tour; Beau Jest Moving Theatre in The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde; and Betty Buckley in a reading of Ghosts for a Summer Hotel. But wait, there's more, like Jay Critchley's festival-opening "21 Gun Salute" and coffee with Lanford Wilson and a production of August Strindberg's Miss Julie by a Norwegian troupe. Venues include the Art House, the Crown & Anchor, the Boat Slip, the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Provincetown Theater. | 866.789.TENN| September 24-27 | Performance times vary | $15-$50; $250-$500 festival pass

STOMP | The Olivier-, Obie-, and Drama Desk Award?winning show that exploits the percussive potential of everyday objects from brooms to garbage-can lids to matchboxes is back for its ? actually, we've lost count, but this is at least its sixth Boston appearance. We're promised "some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines utilizing props like tractor-tire inner tubes and paint cans." | Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | 800.233.3123 | October 1-18 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs | 8 Fri | 5 + 9 pm Sat | 3 + 7 pm Sun | $35-$60

2.5 MINUTE RIDE | Downstage @ New Rep brings us Lisa Kron's New York Times?applauded ("remarkable . . . emotional vibrations that won't stop") one-woman show, which the American Repertory Theater presented at Suffolk University back in 1998. Kron kibitzes between Cedar Point (in Sandusky, Ohio) and Auschwitz, to which she traveled with her father, in part so that he could see the place where his parents perished. The roller-coaster ? in addition to starring in some funny family anecdotes ? serves as a symbol for a life in which escapist distress has long stood in for the real thing. Kron's persona is likable and her delivery conversational, and she tells a sweet, powerful story of journey and connection. | Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 617.923.8487 | October 4-24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Mon [October 5] | 8 pm Wed-Thurs [Wed October 21 only] | 8:30 pm Fri | 4 + 8:30 pm Sat | 3 + 8 pm [no evening October 11] Sun | $25; seniors $20; students $12.50

WAITING FOR GODOT | The Classical Theatre of Harlem ? hailed by the New York Times as "a company to follow and relish" ? sets Samuel Beckett's classic enigma in post-Katrina New Orleans, which knows all about waiting for something that never arrives. CTH co-founder Christopher McElroen directs. | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | 617.478.3103 | September 26-27 | Curtain 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $25; $20 students, seniors

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