Play by play: July 9, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  July 6, 2010

FULLY COMMITTED | "Thirty-seven characters . . . 73 minutes . . . one very busy actor!" That's the set-up for Becky Mode's delirious one-man show about an out-of-work actor manning the reservations line at an in-demand Manhattan eatery, and it's making a surprise appearance at the Publick Theatre's once-and-future (?) outdoor digs on Soldiers Field Road. Gabriel Kuttner essays the restaurant's imperious but insecure chef, its snooty French maître d', and folks from the Upper East Side to the Mafia who are desperate to book a table. Steven Barkhimer directs. | Christian Herter Park, 1175A Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton | July 15–August 15 | Curtain 7 pm Thurs-Sun | $15

THE GUARDSMAN | This 1910 Hungarian play by Ferenc Molnár involves a show within a show, of sorts: an actor decides to use his dramatic skill to impersonate another man and seduce his own wife, as a test to prove her fidelity. Hilarity ensues as the charade grows more and more nuanced. John Rando directs. | Berkshire Theatre Festival Main Stage, Main St, Stockbridge | 413.298.5576 | July 17-31 | Curtain 8 pm Mon-Tues | 7 pm Wed | 2 + 8 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $19.28-$63

SEA MARKS | Daniela Varon directs Gardner McKay's 1982 play about love blooming between two seemingly mismatched people. Walton Wilson plays the Irish fisherman with "a soul as deep as the ocean"; Kristin Wold plays a Welsh native seeking the city life and a publishing career. A love of poetry and the written word unites the pair. | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | July 9–September 4 | Curtain this week: 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun | 8 pm Tues + Thurs [July 15] | $15-$38

TENDER | In this new play by Kelly Younger (which was developed with support of New Repertory Theatre), "the family home, wallpapered with a lifetime of IOU's, is about to go into foreclosure and Christopher, the Patron Saint of Travelers, is on stand-by." Eric C. Engel directs this Gloucester Stage production; the cast includes Denise Cormier, Richard McElvain, and Brendan Powers. | Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St, Gloucester | 978.281.4433 | July 8-25 | Curtain 8 pm Wed-Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 4 pm Sun | $37; $32 students, seniors

THE WINTER'S TALE | Director Kevin G. Coleman promises "nothing less than magic. . . . It's about making the impossible, possible." We'll see how he decides to make Shakespeare's most famous stage direction possible: "Exit, pursued by bear." Jonathan Epstein stars as Leontes; Elizabeth Aspenlieder plays Hermione. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | July 15–September 5 | Curtain this week: 7:30 Thurs [July 15] | $14-$85


NOW PLAYING
THE AMOROUS QUARREL | This early work by Molière includes all the trappings of great 17th-century comedy: several misunderstandings, gender swapping, and servants besting their superiors. Jenna Ware directs the "pair of sometimes-silly gentleman pining hopelessly for the same Lady, while her sister — long disguised as a man — searches for a way to claim one of them as her own." | Shakespeare & Company, Rose Footprint Theatre & Bankside, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | Through August 28 | Curtain this week: 5:30 pm Fri-Sat, Wed | $10; free for age 18 and under

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