Play by play: November 6, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 4, 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 December 20 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri [no Tues-Thurs after November 19] | 4 pm [3 pm December 5, 12] + 7:30 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $55

KID SIMPLE: A RADIO PLAY IN THE FLESH | Holland Productions and the Piano Factory Theatre present this “quirky fable of innocence and experience,” in which “Moll wins the science fair with a machine for hearing sounds that can’t be heard. But when a shapeshifting Mercenary steals the invention (and her heart), she must embark on a quest to save noise as we know it — accompanied by the last boy-virgin in the 11th grade.” Holland’s Krista D’Agostino directs. | Piano Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston |www.theatermania.com| Through November 14 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 3 pm Sun | $15; $12 students, seniors

LADY | Zeitgeist Stage brings us Craig Wright’s drama about three friends on a hunting trip: Graham, a “hawkish, conservative Democrat” who’s pro-Bush, pro-Cheney, and pro–Iraq War; Kenny, whose money helped send Graham to Washington; and Dyson, who managed Graham’s campaign. Then there’s the title (we think) character, a hunting dog. We’re told that either Graham or Lady won’t survive the day; we know who we’re rooting for. David J. Miller directs. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through November 21 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 4 pm Sun | $30; $20 students, seniors

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD | Maureen McGovern’s “musical memoir” is a cabaret act gussied up — and messed up — by lavish attempts to turn it into a theater piece. The undertaking began, in fact, as a cabaret act (at New York’s Metropolitan Room) and then became a CD. Now, in its world premiere from the Huntington Theatre Company in collaboration with DC’s Arena Stage, it’s a one-woman show about turning 60 after coming of age in the ’60s and surviving the subsequent decades girded by the folk idealism of, among others, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King. McGovern remains a pitch-perfect, relaxed-even-when-belting pop stylist as well as a likable on-stage presence; she nails Connie Francis’s whine on “Where the Boys Are” and amuses with a medley of doo-wop intros. But the narrative bridges between numbers, set against projections of the galaxy, the Vietnam Memorial, icons of the civil-rights movement, and McGovern’s own baby pictures, are stiff — at once self-important and generic. 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-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm [November 15] or 7 pm [November 8] Sun | $20-$60

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