Play by Play: July 23, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  July 21, 2010

CONNI'S AVANT GARDE RESTAURANT | Dinner theater with a difference! On each of four Sundays, "eighty guests are treated to a five-course, locally sourced, seasonal dining experience, with food carefully prepared by the performers themselves and served with charismatic flourish by self-proclaimed geniuses of the avant-garde theater." In between bites, "the audience follows the story of the company's aging diva, Muffin Character Hanshake" — who here is played by Rachel Murdy, creator of the roles of Mr. Oberon and Mia in The Donkey Show in New York. | Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge | cluboberon.com | Through August 1 | Curtain 6:30 pm [6 pm doors] Sun | $65 includes meal and complimentary table wine

CYRANO | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater continues its 2010 Harbor Stage season with Jo Roets's adaptation of Edmond Rostand's play about the poetic soul whose outsized schnoz prevents him from paying direct address to his lady love, and what happens after Cyrano hires Christian to deliver his addresses to Roxanne. Robert Kropf has the title role; Brendan Hughes directs. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Harbor Stage, 15 Kendrick Ave [next to the Town Pier], Wellfleet | 508.349.WHAT or what.org | Through August 7 | Curtain 8 pm Wed-Sun | $15-$31

CYRANO DE BERGERAC | Apollinaire Theatre also does Cyrano this season — this time, it's outdoors, free, and available in Spanish on Friday and Sunday. (English performances are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.) Each of the five acts will be performed in a different location in the park, so bring your walking shoes along with your blanket and picnic basket. Danny Bryck stars; Danielle Fauteux Jacques directs. | Mary O'Malley Park, Commandant's Way, Chelsea Waterfront | 617.887.2336 or apollinairetheatrecompany.com | Through July 31 | Curtain 7:30 pm | Free

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 | fullycommittedboston.com | Through August 15 | Curtain 7 pm Thurs-Sun | $15

GRIMM | Shawn LaCount and Summer L. Williams direct the debut of a series of theatrical adaptations of renowned fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm. The short plays will tell reimagined versions of the Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and more, but the plots will be a bit more twisted than your childhood memories. This version of Little Red Riding Hood replaces the hungry wolf with a man seeking an S&M encounter; just as in the original story, the predator bites off more than he can chew. | Boston Center for the Arts, Roberts Studio Theatre, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.292.7110 or companyone.org | Through August 14 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 pm [August 14] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $20

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