Play by Play: May 1, 2009

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 28, 2009

MOVIN' OUT | Twyla Tharp's Tony-winning dance musical set to the tunes of Billy Joel and carrying lifelong friends (among them Brenda and Eddie from "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," Judy from "Why, Judy, Why," and Tony and Sergeant from the title tune) through two turbulent decades makes a stop in Lowell. An on-stage piano man bangs out the music. | Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | 978.454.2299 | May 7 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs | $30.50-$56.50

PLAYWRIGHTS IN PERFORMANCE | Playwright/professor Alan Brody is at the helm of this series of selected one-acts by MIT students and staff. | Kresge Rehearsal Room A, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.253.2877 | May 7-9 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | Free

THE PRODUCERS | James Tallach directs Mel Brooks's multiple-Tony-winning musical based on his 1968 film about a failed Broadway producer and his accountant, who seek to make a killing by producing a surefire flop — namely, Springtime for Hitler. | Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose St, Newton | 617.244.0169 | May 8–June 7 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $25-$27.50; student, senior discounts

ROMANCE | The American Repertory Theatre kicks off "Sex, Satire, Romance, and Ducks: A David Mamet Celebration" with the contrarian playwright, filmmaker, and TV producer's "courtroom farce that takes no prisoners in its quest for total political incorrectness." Scott Zigler is in charge of the mayhem as, in the shadow of a Mideast Peace Conference, "an elusive court case is persistently interrupted by domestic squabbles, ethnic slur slinging, and a hallucinating judge." Remo Airaldi, Thomas Derrah, Will LeBow, and The Wire's Jim True-Frost head the cast. | Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge | 617.547.8300 | May 9–June 7 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $25-$79; $10 discount seniors; $25 students; $15 students day of performance; 50 tickets @ $15, day of performance at noon, in person, at the box office

SHAPESHIFTER | Laura Kepley directs this Trinity Repertory Company world premiere of a new work by Laura Schellhardt. Storytelling is what sets off this "lyrical play about our hunger to change the ones we love and to change ourselves for them." | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242 | May 1-31 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri + 2 pm [May 20] Wed | 2 pm [May 9, 16] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 pm [no May 3] + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$60; $20-$30 May 1-5 previews

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD | Drama Desk Award–winning Broadway orchestrator and Boston College professor Mary-Mitchell Campbell directs this benefit performance of Jason Robert Brown's affecting song cycle. José Delgado heads the cast. Proceeds will benefit Artists Striving To End Poverty, of which Campbell is co-founder and chair, as well as the Boston College Arts Council. | Robsham Theater Arts Center, Boston College campus, Boston | 617.552.4002 | May 9 | Curtain 7:30 pm Sat | $50; $75 includes post-performance champagne reception

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN | Stoneham Theatre presents Craig Warner's stage adaption of the Patricia Highsmith novel that inspired the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film about two men who meet on a train and hatch a mutually beneficial double-murder plot. Weylin Symes directs. | Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St, Stoneham | 781.279.2200 | May 7-24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $40; $35 seniors; $20 students

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