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The Lookout: Theater

By Ed Siegel
Globe Staff / June 5, 2005

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''Amerika" and ''Frogz": -- No, we haven't forgotten how to spell. The American Repertory Theatre ends its excellent 2004-2005 season with associate artistic director Gideon Lester's adaptation of ''Amerika," Franz Kafka's novel. Dominique Serrand of the Tony-winning Theatre de la Jeune Leune, who directed last season's Elliot Norton Award-winning ''The Miser," is in charge. Previews begin June 18, opens June 22, closes July 17. While that's going on at the Loeb, the ART brings ''Frogz," Imago Theatre's menagerie of humans playing nonhumans, to Zero Arrow Theatre with a preview on June 21, an opening on June 22, and a closing on July 10. And following ''Amerika," Pamela Gien's ''The Syringa Tree" returns to the ART July 15-Aug. 7. 617-547-8300; www.amrep.org.

''Follies": Julianne Boyd's musicals at Barrington Stage Company in Sheffield are often a highlight of the summer, and this year she's taking on Stephen Sondheim's ''Follies." Donna McKechnie leads a strong cast. Previews begin June 23, opens June 26, and closes July 16. 413-528-8888; www.barringtonstageco.org.

''Hamlet": Jeffrey Donovan of the American version of TV's ''Touching Evil" joins an all-star local cast including Karen MacDonald, Jeremiah Kissel, Will Lyman, Jonno Roberts, Georgia Hatzis, John Kuntz, and Jacqui Parker in the annual free Shakespeare production on Boston Common. Also aboard is director Sam Weisman, but this time he'll be acting (Polonius). Commonwealth Shakespeare Company artistic director Steven Maler is giving the marching orders. Previews begin July 16; opens on July 20, closes on Aug. 7.

''King John": Tina Packer takes on the rarely staged Shakespeare play with Allyn Burrows, Annette Miller, and other Shakespeare & Company favorites in Lenox. Previews begin July 21, opens July 29, closes Sept. 3. 413-637-3353; www.shakespeare.org.

''My Old Lady" and ''Living Room in Africa": Israel Horovitz's ''My Old Lady" returns to the Gloucester Stage Company July 21-Aug. 7 with Nancy E. Carroll starring. It's followed by the world premiere of young playwright Bathsheba Doran's ''Living Room in Africa" Aug. 11-28. 978-281-4433; www.gloucesterstage.org.

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