Play by play: February 13, 2009

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 11, 2009

A RAISIN IN THE SUN | Elliot Norton Award winner Brian McEleney directs this Trinity Repertory Company revival of Lorraine Hansberry's landmark 1959 drama about the African-American Younger family of Chicago, who are conflicted over how to spend a life-insurance windfall. Barbara Meek and Joe Wilson Jr. head the strong cast. | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242 | Through March 8 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri [no February 25 or March 3 or 5] + 2 pm Wed [February 18] | 2 pm [February 28] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm [February 22, March 1] + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$60; $10 12th-row bench | Carolyn Clay's review page 27

THE RANDOM CARUSO | Joe Antoun directs this Centastage production of Andrew Clarke's "comedy about manipulation, self-absorption, and failure" in which a "preening film actor" and his "would-be-screenwriter assistant" try to keep a floundering film project afloat. Robert Pemberton, Michael Forden Walker, and Centastage veteran John Porell are in the cast. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | February 20–March 7 | Curtain 7:30 pm Mon [March 2] | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun [March 1] | $25; $18 March 2

THE SCIENCE OF LOVE | Fort Point Theatre Channel "celebrates the optimist and the cynical, the sentimental and the brutal," in this informal evening of short new works. | Fort Point Theatre Channel, 12 Farnsworth St, Fort Point, Boston | 617.750.8900 | February 13 | Curtain 7 pm Fri | Free

THE SECRET RAPTURE | Artistic director Curt Columbus is at the helm of this Trinity Repertory Company revival of British writer David Hare's 1998 work, a critique of Thatcherite Britain wrapped into a family-crisis drama. "When the death of a father leaves two sisters floundering in the wake of their grief — and under the specter of their intrusive, unstable stepmother — a tragic tug-of-war ensues." Phyllis Kay, Rachael Warren, and Anne Scurria head the cast. | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242 | February 20–March 29 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri + 2 pm Wed [March 4, 18] | 2 pm [no February 21 or March 7] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 pm [no February 22 or March 22] + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$60; pay what you can February 20

SEUSSICAL | Grace Napier helms this Wheelock Family Theatre production of the Broadway musical by the Ragtime team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens based on the immortal tales of Dr. Seuss, among them The Cat in the Hat and Horton Hatches the Egg. Musical direction is by Jonathan Greenberg. | Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 the Riverway, Boston | 617.879.2300 | Through March 1 | Curtain 1 pm Tues-Thurs [February 17-19] | 2 pm [February 20] or 7:30 pm Fri | 3 pm Sat-Sun | $15-$25; $13 Teen Take Over; $10 Pajama Party Friday

SHEAR MADNESS | The dramatis personae of the audience-participation whodunit (which is now the longest-running non-musical in American theater history, having run 29 years in Boston) continue to comb Newbury Street for the murderer of a classical pianist who lived over the unisex hair salon where the show is set. | Charles Playhouse Stage II, 74 Warrenton St, Boston | 617.426.5225 | Indefinitely | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Fri | 6 + 9 pm Sat | 3 + 7 pm Sun | $40; $20 college-student rush, one ticket per college ID, at the box office, one hour prior to curtain

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