The terrifying power of colonialism is at the heart of The Center Cannot Hold, an adaptation of Chinua Achebes classic African novel Things Fall Apart. Focusing on a character named Okonkwo, a great man among the Umuofias, the story follows his rise and eventual fall to the British colonials at the turn of the twentieth century in Nigeria. Okonkwo struggles to become a leader among his people, but after an accidental shooting, he is exiled. The British begin their assent to power, and when Okonkwo eventually returns to his village, hes too late to save it from the colonials. See the classic epic pared down to an hour-and-a-half script at 7 p.m. today and 5 p.m. tomorrow. University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 281-380-5910 or visit allafricatheater.com. $20 to $35.
Sat., Sept. 6, 7 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 7, 5 p.m., 2008