Jennifer Decker, artistic director of Mildred's Umbrella, has made her theater into a place where all things experimental are welcome. So when Margo Veil, a play by the avant-garde writer Len Jenkins, appeared in her mailbox, she was intrigued. She says Jenkins "apparently had had a conversation with [writer] Mac Wellman, who I met after directing his play A Murder of Crows. Jenkins thought Margo Veil might be a good fit for us. The play is about a failed actress who's had it in New York. She takes one last job pretending to be the relative of a dead body to accompany it somewhere and ends up running from the law." But the premise is just half the fun. There's also the fact that the whole show is "done in the style of a 1940s radio show, with ten actors playing 41 characters." Add in a gypsy with a time machine who turns the central character into different people, all played by different actresses, and you've got yourself a grand experiment in the avant-garde. See Margo Veil at 8 p.m. on opening night, December 3. Regular performance times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Through December 19. Midtown Art Center, 3414 LaBranch. For information, call 832-418-0585 or visit www.mildredsumbrella.com. Pay-what-you-want to $15.
Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Dec. 3. Continues through Dec. 19, 2009