Play by play: October 30, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 28, 2009

NEVERMORE | This effort from F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company is, yes, based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem, though looking at the cast of characters — Edgar, Mother, Virginia, Elmira, Muddy, and Whore — we’d be hard-pressed to say exactly how. (Where’s Lenore? Or does that rhyme with Whore?) We do know it’s a musical, with book by Grace Barnes and book by Matt Conner; Joe DeMita directs. | Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 781.245.0500 | November 5-7 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $20

THE ODYSSEY | Charlestown Working Theater reprises last February’s production, for which the company’s directors, Jennifer Johnson and John Peitso, adapted Homer’s epic poem as a performance piece “for two people traveling together in a small boat, sailing across a half-real, half-imaginary landscape.” Johnson and Peitso perform the piece in a 15-foot rowboat, telling the poem’s “tale of exile and return in fragments, using original and adapted music, text, image, and physicality.” | Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown | 866.811.4111 | November 6-21 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | $20; $15 students, seniors

THE OVERWHELMING | Company One presents this thriller from J.T. Rogers (Madagascar, White People), in which Jack Exley, who’s looking to research his new book, moves his family to Rwanda. The year just happens to be 1994, so he, his wife, and his teenage son soon begin “to unearth unexpected truths about this tiny, troubled nation . . . and about themselves.” Shawn LaCount directs.| Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | October 30–November 21 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $30-$38; $30 seniors; $15 students; $18 Wed

THE SALT GIRL | The latest from local hero John Kuntz is being described as “a valentine to all of us who have lost a loved one.” Kuntz performs in what we gather is a one-man show; David R. Gammons directs. | Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston | 866.811.4111 | November 5-22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $30; $25 seniors; $10 students

A TALE OF TWO CITIES | Wheelock Family Theatre stages this Dwayne Hartford adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic about the French Revolution and the “far, far better thing” than Sydney Carton had ever done before. Susan Kosoff directs. | Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 the Riverway, Boston | 617.879.2300 | October 30–November 29 | Curtain 7:30 pm Fri | 3 pm Sat-Sun | $15-$25

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA | “If you like Alice in Wonderland, but there’s not enough sex and violence in it, then Dissocia is the show for you” is how edgy British playwright Anthony Neilson describes his fantasy, in which Lisa Jones is trying to recover a critical lost hour in her life and wondering whether the “curious inhabitants” of Dissocia will be inclined to help. Emerson grad Philana Mia stars as Lisa; Danielle Fauteux Jacques directs this Apollinaire Theatre Company production. | Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnissimet St, Chelsea | 617.887.2336 | October 30–November 29 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun [November 22, 29] | $25 advance; $30 doors

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