Play by play: January 15, 2010

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2010

[TITLE OF SHOW] | SpeakEasy Stage Company celebrates the new year with this new show about two friends who decide to write a musical about two friends who are trying to write a musical. Oh yes, and it's a musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell. Paul Daigneault directs; the cast has Jordan Ahnquist as Jeff and Joe Lanza as Hunter, plus Amy Barker as Heidi, Will McGarahan as Larry, and Val Sullivan as Susan. Running time is 90 minutes, with no intermission. | Boston Center for the Arts, Roberts Studio Theatre, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.482.3279 | January 15–February 13 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs [Tues February 9 only] | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 Sat | 3 pm Sun | $30-$54


ALL MY SONS | The Huntington Theatre Company starts off the new year with Arthur Miller's New York Drama Critics' Circle Award–winning 1947 drama about a businessman who prospered in World War II by selling plane-engine parts to the armed forces but now harbors an ugly secret. Will Lyman plays the troubled Joe Keller; Karen MacDonald is his adamant wife, Kate; Lee Aaron Rosen is their younger son, Chris; and Diane Davis is the woman Chris is planning to marry — a woman who was formerly engaged to the Kellers' elder son, Larry, who's MIA. David Esbjornson directs. | Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.266.0800 | Through February 7 | Curtain 7:30 pm [no January 19] Tues | 2 pm [January 20, February 3] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [evening January 24] Sun | $20-$82.50

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) | Flat Earth Theatre takes us on the now familiar high-speed, three-actor romp of all the Bard's works, as Titus Andronicus hosts a cooking show, the Tudor monarchs face off in the BCS championship game, and an audience member gets the opportunity to play Ophelia. Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield star. | Piano Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston || Through January 16 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $15; $10 students, seniors

FABULOSO | John Kolvenbach's play is about what happens to a vaguely disappointing marriage when a couple of maniacs show up at the door insisting they're family. Once the light dawns that this wild ride is in fact a comic metaphor for the bedlam that comes with having children, the play seems both clever and rather sweet. It got its world premiere from Wellfleet Harbor Actors' Theater last year; now it turns up at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, with Jeremiah Wiggins and Rebecca Harris as Teddy and Kate, the couple in the one-bedroom apartment, and Ed Jewett and Amy Kim Waschke as Arthur and Samantha; Kyle Fabel directs. | Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 132 Warren St, Lowell | 978.654.4MRT | January 7-31 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [no evening January 31] Sun | $26-$56

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