Play by play: September 11, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 9, 2009

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CABARET | Willkommen! Trinity Repertory Company opens its 46th season with the Kander & Ebb musical based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories and made famous by Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. They won't be coming to the Cabaret in Providence but Trinity is hoping that at least one of your tomorrows will belong to Rachael Warren as Sally Bowles, Mauro Hartman as Cliff Bradshaw, Joe Wilson Jr. as the MC, Phyllis Kay as Fräulein Schneider, and Stephen Berenson as Herr Schultz. Trinity artistic director Curt Columbus is at the helm. | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242 | September 11–October 11 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues | 2 pm [September 23, 30] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 pm [September 19 + October 3] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 pm [no September 13] + 7:30 pm Sun | $20-$65; $10 12th-row bench

FENCES | The Huntington Theatre Company opens its 2009-2010 season with August Wilson's 1983 Pulitzer Prize winner. It's the sixth play in his Pittsburgh Cycle, so it's set in the 1950s. Troy Maxson used to be a Negro Leagues baseball star, but he was too old for the Jackie Robinson era, so now he's a garbage man, and he and co-worker Bono are hanging out as usual on Friday night, and his oldest son, Lyons, is coming around for a loan because it's dad's payday and Lyons is a musician and doesn't have a job. Then there's Rose, Troy's wife of 18 years (except that Troy is thinking more about a woman named Alberta), and Troy's teenage son, Cory, who wants to be a football star but isn't getting much support from his embittered father. Kenny Leon directs. | Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.266.0800 | September 11–October 11 | Curtain 7:30 Tues [no September 29] | 2 pm [September 23, October 7] + 7:30 pm [September 16 @ 7 pm] Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 pm [no September 12] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm [no September 13] + 7:30 pm [September 13, October 4] | $20-$82.50

FLINGS & EROS | Dodging the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, the Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle their way through, no, not Hamlet, but Romeo and Juliet, in this world-premiere show that Merrimack Repertory Theatre is bringing to Lowell. "Original music, combat juggling, and antic dancing" are promised, along with ruminations on love, star-crossed or otherwise. | 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | 978.654.4MRT | September 10–October 4 | Curtain 2 pm [September 16] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 pm [no September 12] + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [no evening September 27] Sun | $26-$51

THE GINGERBREAD LADY | Yet another new outfit of Boston thespians, Happy Medium Theatre, makes its debut, with this 1970 Neil Simon play about a cabaret singer who's lost her career and her marriage to alcohol. Now she's out of rehab. Mikey DiLoreto directs; Mike Budwey, Michael Fisher, Crystal Lisbon, Lesley Anne Moreau, Victor Shopov, and Audrey Lynn Sylvia make up the cast. | Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston |www.happymediumtheatre.com| September 10-20 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 3 pm Sun | $15; $12 students, seniors

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