Play by play: February 13, 2009

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 11, 2009

SIDDHARTHA: A JUNGIAN FANTASY IN THREE MOVEMENTS WITH PRELUDE | Brandeis theater department chair Eric Hill is at the helm of this original work adapted from Hermann Hesse's 1922 novel Siddhartha and the author's other writings. Here Hesse, aided by Jung, Freud, and a trio of Hindu goddesses, is a character telling the story of Siddhartha's journey to manhood. Directed by Rick Corley, the production is part of a year-long focus on the history, culture, and influence of India in a program sponsored by the Brandeis Office of Global Affairs. | Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center, Brandeis University campus, 415 South St, Waltham | 781.736.3400 | Through February 15 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $16-$20

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD | Golden Globe-winning film and television actor Matthew Modine plays Southern Depression-era pillar of the law Atticus Finch in Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer-winning novel. Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson is at the helm of the production, which also features Drama Desk Award winner Hallie Foote. | Hartford Stage, 50 Church St, Hartford, Connecticut | 860.527.5151 | February 19–April 4 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs [no March 18 or April 1; 7 pm March 25] + 2 pm Wed [March 11] | 8 pm Fri | 2 pm [February 28; March 21, 28] + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm [no evening March 1 or 22] Sun | $23-$66; limited number $10 "Ten Spot" tickets; $10 discount students, children

TRANCED | Merrimack Repertory Theatre fields the regional premiere of Bob (Secret Order) Clyman's "fast-paced psychological thriller" in which "a hypnotherapist uncovers international deceit during sessions with an African graduate student." | Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | 978.654.4MRT | Through March 8 | Curtain 2 pm [March 4] + 8 pm Wed | 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 4:30 pm [no February 14] + 8:30 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [no evening February 22] Sun | $26-$56

UNLUCKY IN LOVE | The burlesque troupe Boston Babydolls dish up "two hours of teasing, pleasing, romance, music, and magic," adding that "when the day before Valentine's Day is Friday the Thirteenth, we're all going to have to try extra hard to get lucky." | Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St, Arlington | 800.838.3006 | Through February 14 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | $13-$18

WHEN FATE COMES KNOCKING: THE EVENTS THAT SHAPED THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING | Riccardo Pitts-Wiley directs his own new drama, which "views the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King through the eyes of people who observed his life and the national and world events that shaped him." The writer/director describes the work as a "pea-shelling play," in which the characters gather on a porch to shell peas, converse, sing, and comment on the times. | Mixed Magic Theatre, 171 Main St, Pawtucket, Rhode Island | 401.305.7333 | Through February 15 | Curtain 7 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun | $15; $10 seniors, students

WORKING | Northeastern University Department of Theatre presents the musical adaptation by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso of the book by Studs Terkel. Del Lewis directs. | Studio Theatre, Curry Student Center [first floor], Northeastern University campus, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.373.4700 | February 17-21 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Sat | $17

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