Play by play: October 30, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 28, 2009

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL | This girls’ night out — which got its start in Great Britain in 2003 and spread to the US in 2007 — “follows five friends in their 30s and 40s as they relive their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out at a karaoke bar,” in the process singing “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” Lady Marmalade,” “We Are Family,” “Man I Feel like a Woman,” and “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” | Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston | 877.386.6968 | Through November 22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri | 4 + 7:30 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $55

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 | 2 pm [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

OUT ON THE EDGE | On the bill for the Theater Offensive’s “18th Annual Festival of Queer Theater”: the world premiere of Come As You Are: Celebrate Queer Sex! (at Club Café); Joey Arias and Sherry Vine in the New England premiere of SINsation; Lenelle Moïse in the Boston premiere of Womb-Words, Thirsting; “queer solo performance legend” Tim Miller in Lay of the Land; Slanty Eyed Mama in Birth of a nAsian; “legend of queer theater” Kate Bornstein in On Men, Women and the Rest of Us; and former porn star Annie Sprinkle and her partner, Elizabeth Stephens, in Dirty Sex-ecology, or How To Make Love with the Earth. Plus the usual performance workshops, panel discussions, and open rehearsals, not to mention Annie and Elizabeth giving a “sex-ecological” tour of the Public Garden. | Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion [most events], 527 Tremont St, Boston |www.thetheateroffensive.org| Through November 15 | Various curtain times | Various ticket prices

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 [evening November 1] Sun | $26-$56

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