Amy Lanasa is from the grand state of Texas, which seems to have served her well the up-and-coming playwright garnered a Best Short Play award at the 2001 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for poking fun at her fellow Lone Star residents. Buy One Get Five Free, the farce that won, concerns a woman with a trailer load of troubles, including a convict for a sister and an addict for a mother. The family is losing money on a fireworks stand. No one gets along, and sisters Sue Ellen (the convict) and Rowanne (not the convict) are as different as two girls can be. Rowanne refuses to leave the trailer, which has something to do with the fact that her husband disappeared after a parachuting accident. Being trapped in the trailer makes her an easy target for her mother, who is driving her nuts and has a serious bingo addiction. Their lives reel out of control as they trash-talk in that way that only folks in a Texas trailer park can do. Get an earful today at Buy One Get Five Free. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays (no performance April 12). Through April 19. University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-2929 or visit www.class.uh.edu/theatre. $20.
Wednesdays-Sundays; Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 3. Continues through April 19, 2009