Wallflower

A shy girl blooms in the world premiere of Deborah Stein’s ode to YouTube

The age of YouTube has turned shy girls into revolutionaries. That’s the premise behind Deborah Stein’s Wallflower, getting its world premiere today at Stages Repertory Theatre. The writer sees the world in unpredictable ways. Her past plays include Bone Portraits, about the history of X-ray technology, and God Save Gertrude, about Hamlet’s poor mother. This time, Stein, who twice won a Jerome Fellowship, focuses on a teenage girl who accidentally starts a revolution from her computer when she posts some angry, violent videos. One of the most exciting aspects of the Stages production is that Mikelle Johnson, a relatively new Houstonian who wowed Stages fans last year in Mr. Marmalade, has a supporting role. The quirky actress and the relevant story promise to make Wallflowera powerful estrogen-driven ride. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through April 19. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com. $30.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 3. Continues through April 19, 2009

 
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