Play by Play: November 13, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 11, 2009

IN ON IT | "This One and That One — possibly actors, possibly angels, possibly lovers — are creating a play. Or celebrating their relationship. Or tearing it apart. Bitingly funny, wildly imaginative, and whimsically heartbreaking, In on It is a puzzle that ultimately reveals how lives can intertwine in unintended and unexpected ways. Like the threads of a gray lambswool jacket." That's the skinny on this Whistler in the Dark production of a play by Daniel MacIvor that's directed by Meg Taintor and stars Joe Lanza as This One and Scott Sweatt as That One — unless it's the other way round. | Piano Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston | November 18–December 6 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs [no Thanksgiving Day] | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 4 pm Sun | $20; $10 students; pay-what-you-can November 18 preview

MACHINAL | The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble presents Sophie Treadwell's 1928 play based loosely on the true story of Ruth Snyder, a Long Island housewife who went to the electric chair after conspiring with her lover to murder her husband. Clark Gable played the lover in the original 1928 Broadway production. Doug Lockwood directs. | Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St, Boston | 617.912.9222 | November 19-22 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $22; $12 seniors; $7 students

MY ARM | The other Tim Crouch work that News from Nowhere is bringing to the ICA, a one-man show in a single performance, is "the award-winning story of a man who has lived for 30 years with one arm above his head. In that process, he's become a celebrated medical specimen and an icon of the New York art scene. His story is told through a combination of live performance, digital film, and the animation of everyday objects supplied by the audience before each performance." | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | 617.478.3103 | November 14 | Curtain 8 pm Sat | $20

RECKLESS | Craig Lucas's 1983 holiday heartwarmer gets a seasonal outing from SpeakEasy Stage Company. Wondering what Rachel's husband is going to get her for Christmas? How about a hit man! Hubby does have the decency to warn her on Christmas Eve, whereupon she scrambles out the kitchen window and into the not so silent night, where both her resolve and her sanity are tested. Local favorites Marianna Bassham, Larry Coen, and Paula Plum head the cast (so much for John Kuntz as Rachel); Scott Edmiston directs. | Boston Center for the Arts Roberts Studio Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | November 13–December 12 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues [November 24; December 8] + Wed + Thurs [no Thanksgiving Day] | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $30-$47; students, seniors $30-$42

TRU GRACE | Underground Railway Theater presents a holiday double bill of Grace Paley's The Loudest Voice and Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. Both plays are set in the 1930s. In the first, nice Jewish girl Shirley's great voice lands her the plum role in the school play — which just happens to be a Nativity play; in the second, Truman recalls making fruitcakes with his older cousin and exchanging kites as presents and how the two of them treated themselves (and the family dog, Queenie) to the whiskey left over from the fruitcakes. Wesley Savick directs. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 866.811.4111 | November 19–December 27 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed [December 23] + Thurs | 2 pm [November 27] + 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [evening December 27] Sun | $35; $25 seniors; $20 students; $15 children

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