Every high school drama club and community theater can claim a production of Thornton Wilder's 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town. That's partly because of the enduring Puritanical power of Wilder's poignant story about the workaday denizens of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Without fancy sets or elaborate costumes, the deceptively simple tale examines the lives and dreams of folks like George Gibbs and Emily Webb. In the Alley Theatre's version, the character of the stage manager, who not only narrates for the audience and gives the actors directions but also plays a few small roles, is performed by Houston's favorite leading man, James Black, which means that this production promises to spin the tale that you read as a kid in English class into a whole new world of wonderful. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through November 1. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $21 to $70.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Nov. 1, 2009