In Stages Repertory Theatre's regional premiere of Man from Nebraska, Ken Carpenter wakes up one day and realizes he doesn't believe in anything. Nothing. Nada. The situation leaves this average Joe, played by Alley regular Paul Hope, in a bit of a quandary. Veteran actress Sylvia Froman, who plays Carpenter's ailing mother, says what happens after that is a surprise. "This isn't your typical play," explains Froman of the work, which was written by Tracy Letts. (Letts is a Pulitzer and Tony Award winner for his skin-blistering Broadway success August: Osage County, along with previous stage weirdoes Killer Joe and Bug.) "It's about the man's journey to regain his faith. It's happened to many of us. When I read about a third of the way through, I said, 'Oh, I know what's going to happen.' Then it didn't go that way. Then later, I said, 'Oh, I know how this is going to end.' And then it didn't end that way at all. It's a beautiful, unusual play, very loving. It's a slice of life...just a little bit longer." 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through May 16. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com. $26 to $36.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: April 22. Continues through May 2, 2010