Underneath the Lintel

A library book that’s a hundred years overdue turns one man’s world upside down

If you think the library has forgotten all about that book you checked out and then promptly lost, you haven’t met the dogged librarian in Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel. Played by the indomitable John Tyson, the frumpy fellow at the center of Berger’s odd, wise comedy discovers a book in the overnight slot that is over 100 years overdue. Shocked to the core of his bookish little soul, the man goes searching for the offender who owes his library a great deal of dough (Tyson, a past winner of the Best of Houston® Best Actor award, is one of our city’s greatest comedians). What starts out as a small, funny tale turns into a journey of cosmic proportions when the librarian travels the world in search of his man. The suitcase of clues he totes around holds everything from a handful of ancient documents to the suspect’s pants. Find out if the librarian gets his man today at the Alley Theatre. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and most Sundays. Through April 20. 615 Texas. For information, call 713–220–5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $40 to $51.
March 21-April 20, 2008

 
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