Friday, January 11, 2008

Boston Theatre - Friday Roundup

Theaters are back in full swing at this time.

If you are in the theatre mood this weekend, here are just some of the offerings.

Wendy Wasserstein's last play Third is at the Huntington Theatre Company. So far Louise Kennedy and Jenna Scherer have weighed in.

The American Repertory Theatre is putting on Michael Frayn's Copenhagen in their thrust stage configuration with three local actors playing Neils Bohr, Werner Heisenberg and Bohr's wife Margarethe.

Actors' Shakespeare Project is opening their Henry V with a streamlined cast of just a few actors playing over 30 roles. It is at the Garage in Cambridge.

John Simon, long the acid pen weilding critic for the New York Magazine, had a few soft spots in his heart. Last year I read through his massive collection of reviews, John Simon; On Theatre. As a theatre artist I walked away from the experience with the equivalent of the thousand yard stare that combat veterans display. However, he seemed to see salvation for theatre in the talent of a few playwrights and one of them was Kenneth Lonergan. Gurnet Theater project is producing Lonergan's early play, (and a Simon favorite,) This is Our Youth at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater.

The new Christopher Durang musical at the Lyric Stage on Clarendon Street sounds, well wacky. Adrift in Macao is a sendup of all those old hollywood noirish cliches.

At Boston Playwright's Theater is the story of young man who, after the dot.com crash, went on a mission to find his life. Riding the Wave.com is a solo performance that premiered at the New York Fringe Festival.

Another solo show, Antoine Feval, is about a man who becomes an assistant to a Sherlock Holmes type detective. Stoneham Theater is offering a pay what you want tomorrow, Saturday 12th at 4PM.

Merrimack Rep continues their run of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands out in Lowell.

If you would like to take a little drive, Hartford Stage is presenting the great American Actress Elizabeth Ashley in Zerline's Tale, an adaptation of Hermann Broch's novel The Guiltless. (There is a pay what you can next Saturday Jan 19th at the Matinee.)

Whew, and next week things really get going.

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