Play by play: October 30, 2009

Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 28, 2009

OPENING
THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS | This annual offering from the Post-Meridian Radio Players has a Foley sound team and actors reading into microphones to re-create that old-time radio experience. On the bill: The Frank Cyrano Byfar Hour and Orson Welles’s The War of the Worlds “adapted to follow events in Boston during the ‘Martian invasion.’ ” | Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville | 617.625.4088 | October 29-31 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $15 advance/$20 doors

A CONVERSATION WITH HAROLD PRINCE | With a résumé that includes The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Company, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera, not to mention 21 Tonys, Mr. Prince should have a lot to say about his life in the theater as a director and a producer. This evening won’t be all talk, either: Tony Judy Gold and the Tony-nominated Tom Wopat will be on hand to sing some of the hits from his productions. | Northeastern University, Blackman Auditorium, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.373.4700 | October 30 | Curtain 8 pm | $30; $20 students, seniors

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF | Thirty-seven years after starring in the Oscar-nominated film, Topol makes his farewell appearances as poor milkman Tevye, who to the strains of “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” tries to find suitable husbands for his daughters even as Tsar Nicholas II moves to expel the Anatevka Jews from their village. | Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston | 800.982.ARTS | November 3-15 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Wed [7 pm November 4] | 1 pm [November 12] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm [no evening November 15] Sun | $20-$91

KID SIMPLE: A RADIO PLAY IN THE FLESH | Holland Productions and the Piano Factory Theatre present this “quirky fable of innocence and experience.” in which “Moll wins the science fair with a machine for hearing sounds that can’t be heard. But when a shapeshifting Mercenary steals the invention (and her heart), she must embark on a quest to save noise as we know it — accompanied by the last boy-virgin in the 11th grade.” Holland’s Krista D’Agostino directs. | Piano Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston |www.theatermania.com| October 30–November 14 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 3 pm Sun | $15; $12 students, seniors

LADY | Zeitgeist Stage brings us Craig Wright’s drama about three friends on a hunting trip: Graham, a “hawkish, conservative Democrat” who’s pro-Bush, pro-Cheney, and pro–Iraq War; Kenny, whose money helped send Graham to Washington; and Dyson, who managed Graham’s campaign. Then there’s the title (we think) character, a hunting dog. We’re told that either Graham or Lady won’t survive the day; we know who we’re rooting for. David J. Miller directs. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | October 30–November 21 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 4 pm Sun | $30; $20 students, seniors

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