Play by play: October 9, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 7, 2009

SLEEP NO MORE | Sandwiched between Diane Paulus’s “Midsummer Night’s Disco,” The Donkey Show, and her gospel-infused riff on The Winter’s Tale, Best of Both Worlds, is this mix of Rear Window and the Scottish play that’s presented, under the auspices of the American Repertory Theater, by the London troupe Punchdrunk in its US debut. Set off-site at the Old Lincoln School in Brookline Village, the show allows its audience to wander through an evocative installation of cinematic scenes redolent of the works of Alfred Hitchcock but triggered by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. | Old Lincoln School, 194 Boylston St, Brookline Village 617.547.8300 | October 8–January 3 | Curtain 7 + 7:20 + 7:40 pm Tues-Thurs + Sun | 7:20 + 7:40 + 8 pm Fri-Sat | $35-$39

SPEED-THE-PLOW | Recently revived on Broadway with Entourage’s Jeremy Piven and Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, David Mamet’s scathing 1988 indictment of business as practiced Hollywood-style, with plenty of testosterone, gets a New Repertory Theatre outing directed by Robert Walsh, with Aimee Doherty as Karen, Gabriel Kuttner as Charlie, and Robert Pemberton as Bobby. | Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 617.923.8487 | October 18–November 7 | Curtain 7:30 Mon [October 19] + Wed [November 4] | 2 pm [October 22] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3:30 pm [no October 24] + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm [no evening October 25] Sun | $35-$54

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW | Actors’ Shakespeare Project does not promise to gild its Bard with Donna Summer. But an earthy poetry does hold its own against the WWE-worthy fisticuffs of the Bard’s early comedy, a battle of the sexes whose sexism is better gotten around by a woman director, in this case Obie winner Melia Bensussen, who supervises the bantering and battering of Benjamin Evett’s Petruchio and Sarah Newhouse’s Kate. | Downstairs at the Garage, 38 JFK St, Cambridge | 866.811.4111 | October 14–November 8 | Curtain 10 am [October 21, November 4] or 7:30 pm [October 14] Wed | 10 am [no October 15] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 7:30 pm Fri | 3 pm [no October 17] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $47; $38 seniors; $25 students

TWELVE ANGRY JURORS | Counter-Productions Theatre Company takes on the story that started out as Twelve Angry Men, a TV drama by Reginald Rose that was turned into the 1957 film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda before being adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel. In this version, it’s a young black man who’s on trial for the murder of his father, and the panel of 12 jurors has been updated to include women, but the premise is the same: 11 jurors dead certain the defendant is guilty and one holdout. Brian McCarthy has the Henry Fonda role as Juror #8; Daniel Grund directs. | Piano Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston | 866.811.4111 | October 9-25 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $15 advance; $18 doors

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