Play by Play: June 12, 2009

Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2009

OPENING

THE COLOR PURPLE | The Broadway hit (it did run for two years) based on the Alice Walker novel and the Steven Spielberg movie makes its Boston debut, with three actresses from the Broadway production — Kenita Miller as Celie, Felicia P. Fields (Tony-nominated) as Sofia, and Angela Robinson as Shug Avery — plus Rufus Bonds Jr. (Mufasa in the Broadway Lion King) as Mister and LaToya London as Nettie. Gary Griffin, also from the Broadway production, directs. | Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | 866.348.9738 | June 16-28 | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Fri [7 pm June 17] | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 1 + 7 pm Sun | $28-$100

DREAM OF LIFE | Imaginary Beasts presents Federico García Lorca's unfinished drama Play Without a Title, in which "revolution breaks out in the streets, and in the theater a director interrupts a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream to demand that the actors and the audience invite the revolution inside." The piece is accompanied by García Lorca's "highly experimental 'diálogos,' including the rarely seen Buster Keaton Takes a Walk. Passionate, surreal and personal, the diálogos unfold like waking dreams and exemplify Lorca's conviction for "impossible" theater." | BCA Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 978.500.5553 | June 12-27 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 pm [June 27] + 8 pm Sat | 4 pm Sun | $18; $13 students, seniors

FEATHERS ON MY ARMS . . . ZORA NEALE FLYING HIGH AND BESS THE BRAVE | Our Place Theatre Project's ninth annual African-American Theatre Festival concludes this pair of one acts by Our Place artistic director Jacqui Parker, the first about Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston, the second about Bessie Colman, the first African-American female pilot. | BCA Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | June 12-13 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 4 pm Sat | $15-$35

GOLDA'S BALCONY | Annette Miller reprises her Elliot Norton Award–winning portrayal of Israeli prime minister Golda Meir in this one-woman play by the late William Gibson that's set during a single evening during the Yom Kippur War. Daniel Gidron directs. | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | June 17–July 3 | Curtain 8:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 3 pm Fri | 3 pm [June 21] or 8:30 pm [June 28] Sun | $16-$34; $11-$29 students, seniors | $34-$60 June 21 "Diva Dialogues" performance

KATHY GRIFFIN LIVE | She's been an Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List), a Seinfeld character (stand-up wanna-be Sally Weaver, who gets to talk about how Jerry is the Devil), and a co-host of the Billboard Music Awards, and she's also had her own HBO one-hour special, A Hot Cup of Talk, so Kathy Griffin should have plenty to talk about when she comes to town. | Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | 866.348.9738 | June 12-13 | Curtain 7:30 pm | $45-$75

PINTER'S MIRROR | Shakespeare and Company offers Elizabeth and Malcolm Ingram in three one-act plays. | Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox | 413.637.3353 | June 11–August 2 | Curtain various times | $16-$34; $11-$29 students, seniors; June 13 $25-$48

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