Play by Play: November 13, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 11, 2009

THE ODYSSEY | Charlestown Working Theater reprises last February's production, for which the company's directors, Jennifer Johnson and John Peitso, adapted Homer's epic poem as a performance piece "for two people traveling together in a small boat, sailing across a half-real, half-imaginary landscape." Johnson and Peitso perform the piece in a 15-foot rowboat, telling the poem's "tale of exile and return in fragments, using original and adapted music, text, image, and physicality." | Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown | 866.811.4111 | Through November 21 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | $20; $15 students, seniors

OUT ON THE EDGE | The remaining bill for the Theater Offensive's "18th Annual Festival of Queer Theater" includes 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 || 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 SALT GIRL | The latest from local hero John Kuntz is being described as "a valentine to all of us who have lost a loved one." Kuntz performs in what we gather is a one-man show; David R. Gammons directs. | Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston | 866.811.4111 | Through November 22 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $30; $25 seniors; $10 students

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 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

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