Play by play, February 26, 2010

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 24, 2010

PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES | Zeitgeist Stage Company brings us Alan Ayckbourn's 2004 play about six Londoners in various stages of desperation. "Does Nicola still love Dan? Will Dan stop his endless pub-going days and look for a job? Can Stewart, Nicola's real-estate agent, be on the verge of an office romance with Charlotte? What on earth is Charlotte up to on her second-shift job with her bedridden patient? Will Imogen, Stewart's middle-aged sister, ever find true love in the personal ads? Does Ambrose, Dan's bartender, have a secret life?" The play was adapted by Alain Resnais into his 2006 film Cœurs, which just screened at the Harvard Film Archive; here it's directed by David J. Miller, with a cast of Robert Bonotto, Shelley Brown, Michael Steven Costello, Becca A. Lewis, Christine Power, and Bill Salem. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600| Through March 6 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 4 pm Sun | $30; $20 students, seniors

STICK FLY | "Sparks fly and long-hidden secrets tumble into the open when the LeVay brothers bring their new girlfriends home to Martha's Vineyard's world of privilege. This smart, moving, and funny portrait of a complex African-American family from acclaimed Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond (Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye) is an of-the-moment look at sibling rivalry and the weight of parental expectations." Kenny Leon directs this Huntington Theatre Company production; the cast includes Billy Eugene Jones as elder son Flip LeVay, Rosie Benton as Kimber, Flip's Caucasian girlfriend, Jason Dirden as younger son Kent, Nikkole Salter as Taylor, Kent's girlfriend, Amber Iman as Cheryl, the daughter of the family's maid, and Wendell W. Wright as "renowned neurosurgeon" and family patriarch Joe LeVay. | Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, Virginia Wimberly Theatre, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.266.0800 | Through March 21 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues [no March 9] | 2 pm [no March 17] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [no evening March 7 or 21] Sun | $50-$60; $45-$55 seniors; $15 student rush; $20 last row orchestra

'TIL DEATH DO US PART: LATE NITE CATECHISM 3 | Maripat Donovan is back with a third helping of catechism class, this one focusing on "the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites" and including "her own wacky version of The Newlywed Game." | Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston | 877.386.6968 | Through March 28 | Curtain 7:30 pm Fri | 4 + 7:30 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $55

TWELFTH NIGHT | Trinity Rep is setting its production of Shakespeare's cross-dressing classic in something like "an elite members-only gentlemen's club," as created by set designer Eugene Lee, but director Brian McEleney — noting that, according to the Bard, "the rain it raineth every day" — promises there'll be "a lot of water involved as well." McEleney plays Malvolio in addition to directing Trinity regulars Cherie Corinne Rice (Viola and Sebastian), Joe Wilson Jr. (Orsino), Annie Worden (Olivia), Fred Sullivan Jr. (Sir Toby Belch), Stephen Thorne (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Anne Scurria (Maria), Stephen Berenson (Feste), and Mauro Hantman (Fabian). | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242| Through March 7 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues | 7:30 pm Wed-Fri [no March 5] | 2 pm [March 6] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 pm [February 28] + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$65

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