Play by Play: July 23, 2010

By MADDY MYERS  |  July 21, 2010

SEA MARKS | Daniela Varon directs Gardner McKay's 1982 play about love blooming between two seemingly mismatched individuals. 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 or shakespeare.org | Through September 4 | Curtain this week: 8 pm Thurs [July 22]-Fri + Sun | 3 pm Tues | 8 pm Wed | $15-$38

TENDER | Developed with the support of New Repertory Theatre, Kelly Younger's new play at Gloucester Stage is a study in turgid self-pity and mean-spirited witlessness. Fortysomething couple Amanda and Brian are in financial trouble: she's struggling as a Realtor, he's out of work. Foreclosure's a possibility. And now Amanda's father has come to live with them — Frank can't live on his own because he has memory problems. Brian whines that he gets no respect for househusbandry; Amanda whines that if she didn't work late, they wouldn't be able to make their mortgage payments. Frank just growls. About everything. Eric Engel, who did such a fine job of directing Gloucester's previous production, Table Manners, is not as impressive here. He might have told the talented Denise Cormier that she doesn't need to shoot for the balcony when there are only half a dozen rows. Richard McElvain can be sensational or over the top. He's a little of both here as he desperately tries to animate Frank. Brendan Powers does the best one can with the bland Brian. But it's the writing that's the problem. | Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St, Gloucester | 978.281.4433 or gloucesterstage.com | Through July 25 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 4 pm Sun | $37; $32 students, seniors

TINGLE! STARRING JIMMY TINGLE | Jimmy got his start in Boston, and he's been making the funny since 1980. He brings his now-famous comedic voice to WHAT for this one-man show; expect cheerful, intelligent monologues and biting social commentary. Rand Foerster directs. | Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet | 508.349.9428 or what.org | Through August 30 | Curtain 8 pm Sun-Mon | $12-$25

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 or shakespeare.org | Through September 5 | Curtain this week: 7:30 pm Thurs [July 22] + Fri-Sat | 2 pm Sun | 7:30 pm Tues | $14-$85

WOMEN OF WILL | In preparation for the world premiere — August 25-27 — of the expanded, five-part version of Shakespeare & Company founder Tina Packer's opus, which will be presented over the course of three days, we get this "tour de force of performance, discussion, and just a bit of crowd participation" in which Packer, with the help of Nigel Gore, presents scenes from the plays that illuminate what it means to be a woman, or to show "qualities traditionally considered feminine," in Shakespeare's world. Eric Tucker directs. | Shakespeare & Company, Founders Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 or shakespeare.org | Through July 24 | Curtain this week: 2 pm Sat | 7:30 pm Sun | $35-$45

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