Spring break

The best of what's to come in March, April & May
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 9, 2006

Under the direction of David Schweizer, the Huntington Theatre Company presents playwright and actor Marc Wolf’s new solo piece The Road Home: Re-Membering America, for which Wolf, in the wake of September 11, drove home cross-country to New York, interviewing fellow Americans along the way to create “a provocative portrait of the complexity and resilience of our nation.” It runs through April 30 at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston | $15-$52 | 617.266.0800.


The local three-piece Alloy Orchestra, who include Mission of Burma guitarist Roger Miller on synth, have been performing original accompaniment to classic silent films for the past decade and a half. They’ve written new music for Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail — a sordid tale of attempted rape and murder, which is right up AO’s inventive alley — and they perform it tonight with the film at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville | 8 pm | $18 | 617.876.4275.

Following Highway Ulysses, their surreal take on the Odyssey, composer and performer Rinde Eckert and director Robert Woodruff team up again, this time to retell the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as Orpheus X. The American Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of this new music-theater piece, which features design by renowned video artist Denise Marika, through April 23 at Zero Arrow Theatre, Arrow St and Mass Ave, Cambridge | $35-$48 | 617.547.8300.


It’s “Small Press Night” at Brookline Booksmith. Editors from a bunch of Boston-based lit mags — including Quick Fiction (for stories under 500 words), Night Train (Somerville-based and edgy), Ploughshares (literary force spawned at the Plough & Stars), Redivider (run by the grad students at Emerson’s writing program), and Salamander (out of Suffolk University) — will talk fiction philosophies, small-press experiences, and submission tips and guidelines | 279 Harvard Ave, Brookline | 7 pm| Free | 617.566.6660.


Anthony Rapp, star — on stage and screen — of the rock-musical megahit Rent, reads from his memoir Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. He writes of the audition, AIDS, his mother’s cancer, settling into his sexuality, and the evolution of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning show. The evening includes a special performance of the play’s song “Seasons of Love” by Rapp and a group of area college students | Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston | 5:30 pm | Free | 617.482.9393.


Despite the clunky name, the Britt Daniel–approved I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness do a lean take on brooding, electro-inflected minor-key pop. In support of their new debut full-length, Fear Is on Our Side (Secretly Canadian), they’re at T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | 617.492.BEAR.


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