Play by play: October 23, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 21, 2009

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD | Drawing on the songs of Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Paul Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Laura Nyro, Grammy winner Maureen McGovern reconnects with her boomer roots in this show based, we imagine, on her 2008 album of the same name. Philip Himberg directs. | Boston Center for the Arts, Virginia Wimberly Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.266.0800 | Through November 15 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues [no October 27] | 2 pm [October 28, November 4] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 pm [no October 31] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm [no November 8] + 7 pm [November 1, 8] Sun | $20-$60

THE SEAFARER | Charles Towers directs this second area production (the first came from SpeakEasy Stage last November) of Conor McPherson’s 2008-Tony-nominated play set in a moribund suburb of Dublin on Christmas Eve. Dickens it’s not — McPherson’s spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and probably Future come in a bottle. But McPherson’s claim that this grimly humorous work is his most optimistic play yet is not without credence. Sharky is a multiple loser who’s returned from his latest misadventure to care for his recently blinded brother Richard, who sets up a late-night poker game that includes a mysterious interloper with some very high stakes in mind. This suave stranger is Satan, and Sharky is playing for his very soul. With David Adkins as Sharky and Gordon Joseph Weiss as Richard. | 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | 978.654.4MRT | Through November 8 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [no evening November 8] Sun | $26-$56

SHOOTING STAR | Real-life couple Kurt Rhoads and Nance Williamson, who starred in Trinity Rep productions in the early ’90s, return to Providence for Steven Dietz’s romantic comedy about ex-lovers who run into each 20 years later in a snowbound Midwest airport. Fred Sullivan Jr. directs. | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242 | Through November 22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri [with a 2 pm matinee October 28] | 2 pm [October 24; November 7, 21] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$65

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 | Through January 3 | Curtain 7 + 7:20 + 7:40 pm Tues-Thurs + Sun | 7:20 + 7:40 + 8 pm Fri-Sat | $35-$39

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