Most motel stays during road trips aren't as dramatic as the ones featured in Theatre Southwest's production of A.R. Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn. The play, set at a motel outside Boston, revolves around five sets of travelers: a rich couple, a lonely salesman, a father and son heading to a Harvard interview, a college-age couple looking to copulate, and a doctor in the process of getting a divorce. The different groups don't interact directly onstage, but the stories still work together to create a whole imbued with humor and pathos. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. September 13. Through September 26. 8944 Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit www.theatresouthwest.org. $15.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 13, 3 p.m. Starts: Sept. 4. Continues through Sept. 26, 2009