Play by Play: March 27, 2009

Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009


ALL IN THE TIMING | Bad Habit Productions visits area bars and the Somerville Theatre with this sextet of witty short plays by David Ives. On the bill are Words, Words, Words, about the proverbial monkeys trying to tap out literature on typewriters, and the musical Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread. Anna Waldron directs. | Hennessey's Bar, 25 Union St, Boston | April 3, 10, 17 | Curtain 7 pm Fri | Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq, Somerville | April 4, 11, 18 | Curtain 7 pm Sat | Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville | April 5, 19 | Curtain 4 pm Sun | Sweet Water Café, 3 Boylston Place, Boston | April 9, 16 | Curtain 7 pm Thurs || $15 on-line; $20 doors

ANGELS IN AMERICA | Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club takes on both parts of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-winning "gay fantasia on national themes," which, set in the midst of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, features lovers, Mormons, and Republican demon Roy Cohn. Sara Wright directs Millennium Approaches; Laura Hirschberg is at the helm of Perestroika. | Loeb Drama Center Mainstage, 64 Brattle St, Harvard Square, Cambridge | 617.496.2222 | April 3-11 | Curtain Millennium Approaches 8 pm Fri [April 3] | 2 pm Sun [April 5] | 8 pm Thurs | 2 pm Sat [April 11] | Curtain Perestroika 8 pm Fri [April 10] | 8 pm Sat [April 4, 11] | 8 pm Sun [April 5] | $12, $15 both parts; $8 students, seniors, $10 both parts

ANNA CHRISTIE | Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, its "American Voices" series now divorced from Citi Performing Arts Center, presents this free staged reading of Eugene O'Neill's 1922 Pulitzer winner. Artistic director Steven Maler is at the helm of the work, which features the real-life father-and-daughter team of Will Lyman and Georgia Lyman (he Voice of Frontline, she the determined Maggie of the Lyric Stage's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), along with Jim True-Frost of HBO's The Wire. The younger Lyman takes the title role of an ex-prostitute attempting to reconcile with her estranged father as love heats up with a handsome sailor. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.426.0863 | March 30 | Curtain 7:30 pm Mon | Free; donations accepted

BIG APPLE CIRCUS | Now in its 31st season, the intimate one-ring circus returns with a new edition. Play On!, which takes its name from the opening line of Twelfth Night, boasts "high-spirited Colombians on the flying trapeze; an acrobatic Chinese ballerina pirouetting on top of her partner; jazzed-up juggling twins from America; Russians springing skyward from their Russian barre; a talented troupe of Italian dogs; and the breathtaking exploits of Big Apple Circus equestrians vaulting onto galloping horses." And if that's not enough for you, they'll send in the clowns led by BAC veteran Grandma. The inventive set is by 2008 Tony Award winner (for August: Osage County) Todd Rosenthal. | City Hall Plaza, Boston | 888.541.3750 | April 4–May 10 | Performance times vary | $20-$65; $100 premium seating weekends and Patriots Week

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