Play by Play: October 2, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 30, 2009

STOMP | The Olivier-, Obie-, and Drama Desk Award–winning show that exploits the percussive potential of everyday objects from brooms to garbage-can lids to matchboxes is back for its — actually, we’ve lost count, but this is at least its sixth Boston appearance. We’re promised “some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines utilizing props like tractor-tire inner tubes and paint cans.” | Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | 800.233.3123 | October 1-18 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 5 + 9 pm Sat | 3 + 7 pm Sun | $35-$60

TWELVE ANGRY JURORS | Counter-Productions Theatre Company takes on the story that started out as Twelve Angry Men, a TV drama by Reginald Rose that was turned into the 1957 film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda before being adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel. In this version, it’s a young black man who’s on trial for the murder of his father, and the panel of 12 jurors has been updated to include women, but the premise is the same: 11 jurors dead certain the defendant is guilty and one holdout. Brian McCarthy has the Henry Fonda role as Juror #8; Daniel Grund directs. | Piano Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston | 866.811.4111 | October 9-25 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $15 advance; $18 doors

2.5 MINUTE RIDE | Downstage @ New Rep brings us Lisa Kron’s New York Times–applauded (“remarkable . . . emotional vibrations that won’t stop”) one-woman show, which the American Repertory Theater presented at Suffolk University back in 1998. Kron kibitzes between Cedar Point (in Sandusky, Ohio) and Auschwitz, to which she traveled with her father, in part so that he could see the place where his parents perished. The roller-coaster — in addition to starring in some funny family anecdotes — serves as a symbol for a life in which escapist distress has long stood in for the real thing. Kron’s persona is likable and her delivery conversational, and she tells a sweet, powerful story of journey and connection. | Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 617.923.8487 | October 4-24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Mon [October 5] | 8 pm Wed-Thurs [Wed October 21 only] | 8:30 pm Fri | 4 + 8:30 pm Sat | 3 + 8 pm [no evening October 11] Sun | $25; seniors $20; students $12.50

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? | If anyone can stand up to Edward Albee’s braying, booze-soaked, ball-busting sack of sex and pathos, Martha, it’s Shakespeare & Company founding artistic director Tina Packer. So can Nigel Gore, as George, stand up to Packer in this revival of the 1962 New York Critics’ Circle Award winner too potty-mouthed to win a Pulitzer? Diego Arciniegas directs this Publick Theatre production. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | October 1-24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $33-$37.50


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