Play by play: April 9, 2010

Theater listings, April 9, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 6, 2010

ACT A LADY | Theater on Fire closes its season with this farce by Seattle playwright and Brown University grad Jordan Harrison. “When the men of a small Prohibition-era town decide to put on a play dressed in ‘fancy-type, women-type clothes,’ the whole community is affected: gender lines blur, eyebrows raise, identities explode, and life and art are forever entangled.” Who’d have guessed! The cast includes Lisa Caron Driscoll, Craig Houk, Crystal Lisbon, Greg Maraio, Chelsea Schmidt, and Chris Wagner; Darren Evans directs. | Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St, Boston | 866.811.4111 | April 16–May 1 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $15 Thurs; $20 Fri-Sat | $10 students, seniors

ARMS AND THE MAN | MIT’s Dramashop essays George Bernard Shaw’s satirical romance set during the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885 and involving a young Bulgarian girl, her posturing war-hero fiancé, and the Swiss mercenary who bursts into her bedroom brandishing chocolates instead of cartridges. MIT faculty member Michael Ouellette directs. Kresge Little Theater, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge || April 8-16 | Curtain 8 pm Wed-Sat | $8

LE CABARET GRIMM | The Performance LAB launches its inaugural season with this world-premiere experimental musical by former Boston Theatre Works honcho Jason Slavick that’s based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm and promises “a live band on stage, masks, large puppets, dance, and a punk sensibility.” Cassandra Marsh composed the original score and Boston Conservatory faculty member Michelle Chasse did the choreography; the cast includes Austin Auh, Rachel Bertone, Becki Dennis, Jamie Lee, Nick Peciaro, Haley Selmon, Lee Skunes, and Ally Tully. There’ll also be an opening act called “The Hubbub” that on the first weekend (April 8-10) will comprise Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Jojo the Burlesque Poetess, and Madge of Honor. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 or | April 8-24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | $35; $20 students

CATS | If you’ve suspected that cats don’t really have nine lives, well — you’re right. They have many more. The unlikely Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is back, with Growltiger, Macavity, Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, Gus the Theater Cat, Old Deuteronomy, and, of course, Grizabella and “Memories.” | Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St, Boston | 800.982.ARTS or | April 13-18 | Curtain 7 pm Tues | 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $37.50-$82.50

EDWARD II | Provincetown Theater gives us Christopher Marlowe’s underperformed study of the 14th-century English king whose predilection for male favorites proved his undoing. Look for a more sympathetic portrait of this ruler — who was, like Marlowe, probably gay — than the one Mel Gibson created for Braveheart. Anthony Jackman directs. | Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St, Provincetown | 508.487.7487 or | April 16–May 2 | Curtain 7:30 pm Fri-Sun | $22; $18 students, seniors

1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |   next >
Related: Boston music news: March 28, 2008, You could look it up, The Boston Red Sox, More more >
  Topics: Theater , Brown University, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Boston Center for the Arts Plaza,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
    Fifty-four years after its groundbreaking Broadway premiere, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun remains as dense, and as concentrated, as its title fruit.
  •   LIGHT WAVES: BOSTON BALLET'S ''ALL KYLIÁN''  |  March 13, 2013
    A dead tree hanging upside down overhead, with a spotlight slowly circling it. A piano on stilts on one side of the stage, an ice sculpture's worth of bubble wrap on the other.
  •   HANDEL AND HAYDN'S PURCELL  |  February 04, 2013
    Set, rather confusingly, in Mexico and Peru, the 1695 semi-opera The Indian Queen is as contorted in its plot as any real opera.
  •   REVIEW: MAHLER ON THE COUCH  |  November 27, 2012
    Mahler on the Couch , from the father-and-son directing team of Percy and Felix Adlon, offers some creative speculation, with flashbacks detailing the crisis points of the marriage and snatches from the anguished first movement of Mahler's unfinished Tenth Symphony.
    "Without The Nutcracker , there'd be no ballet in America as we know it."

 See all articles by: JEFFREY GANTZ