Play by play: November 6, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 4, 2009

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 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 | Through November 21 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $30-$38; $30 seniors; $15 students; $18 Wed

THE SEAFARER | Charles Towers directs this Merrimack Repertory Theatre production 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 Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm 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 | 2 pm [no November 14] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$65

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