Boston-area to do list

Joel W. Benjamin


Tough questions

What drives a teenager to violence? British playwright Simon Stephens looks at possible root causes in “Punk Rock.” The play (which is not a musical) follows a group of seniors at a British Secondary School. Stephens, a teacher, was inspired to write it after the shootings at Columbine High School. Zeitgeist Stage Company programmed the work last summer, and decided to go forward with it despite the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. According to the press release, “The company recognized that — while we cannot hide from reality — we can engage in an ongoing dialogue about how and why such events come to pass, and what can be done to prevent them in the future.” To help with that, talkbacks follow every performance. Pictured, clockwise: Phil Gillen (sitting), Emily White, Alex Levy, Alana Osborn-Lief, James Fay, Alexandra Marie Harrington, and Diego Buscaglia. May 3-25. Wed-Thurs
7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 and 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. $30, $25 advance, $20 seniors and students. Wednesday shows pay-what-you-can, $7 minimum. Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600,


In the loop During post-production of the 1965 film “Die, Die, My Darling,” Tallulah Bankhead tussled with the line, “And so Patricia, as I was telling you, that deluded rector has in literal effect closed the church to me.” The incident is the basis for the play “Looped.” Stefanie Powers (who costarred with Bankhead in “Die, Die”) portrays her in the comedy’s national tour. Thurs-Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 5 p.m. Through May 5. $35-$95. Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8000,

Romantic reunion After three decades, two middle-aged women meet again and try to revive their teenage romance in “Bye Bye Blondie.” Work and marriage mean life has gotten more complicated, which makes the idea of reclaiming their youth all the sweeter. The film opens the Boston LGBT Film Festival. May 2, 8:15 p.m. $20, $18 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern
Ave., Boston. Festival through May 12, see website for schedule.


We can’t wait It should be fun when Steve Martin joins Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell for the big screen debut of NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! The event, in which Martin will play “Not My Job,” will be broadcast live from New York University to 600 movie theaters across the country. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are the musical guests. May 2, 8 p.m. $22. Regal Fenway, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. Also showing at Revere Showcase Cinemas, 565 Squire Road, Revere.

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What’s new in New Guinea When Australian photographer Stephen Dupont traveled to New Guinea, he found a land changed by globalization, HIV, migration, and poverty. Portraits, landscapes, and diaries from the trip are featured in “Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries.” May 2, 5-7 p.m. reception. Through Sept. 2. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 617-495-2269,


Strike up the band posters Our brave new electronic world doesn’t diminish the charm (and artistry) of publicity posters for events. The National Poster Retrospecticus showcases gig posters
by some of the country’s best designers. The national tour stops in Boston; the featured artist is Dan McCarthy. May 3, 7 p.m. Upstatement, 319 A St., Boston.


The caveman cometh At times, it seems that relations between men and women haven’t progressed since the prehistoric era.
Company Theatre looks at the lighter side of the gender gap in the solo play “Defending the Caveman.” May 4, 4 and 8 p.m. $32.
Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. 781-871-2787,