Play by play: October 30, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 28, 2009

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 | 2 pm [November 7, 21] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$65

SLEEP NO MORE | The second entry in the American Repertory Theater’s mini-season of revisionist Shakespeare is the least orthodox production of Macbeth you’re likely to see. It’s presented by the London troupe Punchdrunk at the Old Lincoln School in Brookline Village; entering as part of a group, you’re handed a white mask and invited to explore the four floors of the environment in any way you choose. The mood is set by World War II ballads and Bernard Herrmann’s music from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (which feels ’40s-era even though it was written for a 1958 movie), and by the dim lighting and the creepy venue. Everyone’s experience will be different; ours included the banquet in the school auditorium, a strobe-lit Black Sabbath in the basement, a stroll through Birnam Wood, and an unsettling version of Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene where she’s attended by a nurse in a hospital ward. | 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

THE SPARROW | This Stoneham Theatre entry from Nathan Allen, Chris Mathews, and Jake Minton is not another Edith Piaf bio-drama but rather a story of teens and telekinesis, with orphan Emily Book returning to the town she grew up in for her final year of high school — only it seems she’s not the same girl she was when she left. Allen himself directs. | Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St, Boston | 617.279.2200 | Through November 8 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $38-$44; $34-$40 seniors; $20 students

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 | Through November 7 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3:30 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $35-$54 | Carolyn Clay’s review on page TK

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 | Through November 8 | Curtain 10 am Wed | 10 am + 7:30 pm Thurs | 7:30 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $47; $38 seniors; $25 students | Carolyn Clay’s review on page TK

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