Play by play: February 19, 2010

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 17, 2010

THE ISLAND OF SLAVES | Pierre Marivaux's play — or more accurately, his scenario written for an Italian commedia troupe in Paris — hails from 1725 and has to do with the brutal relations of masters and servants. A male and female pair of each are shipwrecked on an island operated as a democracy by runaway slaves, and they're forced to trade roles for purposes of retraining. The Neil Bartlett translation/adaptation is presented here by Orfeo Group, with Kathryn Walsh directing a cast that includes Richer Reddick, Daniel Berger-Jones, Amanda J. Collins, Jared Craig, and Hannah Husband. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 orwww.BostonTheatreScene.com| Through March 6 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $18 second weekend; $25 third weekend; $30 fourth weekend; $15 students, seniors

LEGACY OF LIGHT | The Lyric Stage serves up the New England premiere of this cerebral, Stoppard-esque comedy by Karen Zacarias. The first of its interweaving two stories takes place during the Age of Enlightenment, with physicist Emilie du Châtelet discovering she's pregnant. While the 42-year-old Emilie rushes to finish her studies, fearing she may die in childbirth, the second story unfolds, in which modern-day researcher Olivia finds she's unable to conceive and starts looking for a surrogate. Lois Roach directs. | Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St, Boston | 617.585.5678 | Through March 13 | Curtain 2 pm [March 10] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $25-$54

THE LION KING | The Disney Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Olivier (to name only a few) award winner and crowd pleaser is back, with its Julie Taymor masks and puppets, its Garth Fagan choreography, and its Elton John–Tim Rice score. This five-week engagement (which is running concurrently with productions in New York, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Paris, and Las Vegas) will have Dionne Randolph as Mufasa, Phindile Mkhize as Rafiki, André Jackson as Simba, Marja Harmon as Nala, Brent Harris as Scar, Tony Freeman as Zazu, Tyler Murree as Timon, and Ben Lipitz as Pumbaa. | Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston | 800.982.ARTS | Through March 21 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Wed | 1 pm [March 18] + 7 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 1 + 6:30 pm [no evening March 21] Sun | $22.50-$135

NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM | "In an upscale subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an on-line horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own." Apollinaire Theatre Company presents this 2008 work by the Los Angeles–based Jennifer Haley, with ATC artistic director Danielle Fauteux Jacques helming the production and also joining the cast, alongside Carolyn Charpie, Erez Rose, and Brian Quint. | Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St, Chelsea | 617.887.2336 | Through March 14 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat [plus midnight show March 6] | 3 pm Sun [March 14] | $25 advance; $30 doors; $15 student rush

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