The title of UpStage Theatre's latest production, The Girl, The Grouch, and The Goat, might sound like a children's show. In fact, it's anything but. With music and lyrics by Broadway composer Mark Hollmann (the sardonic talent who also wrote the songs for Urinetown), the show sends us back to ancient Greece. Let's start with the girl in the title. She's fallen in love, as many ancient Greek characters are likely to do. The grouch is her father, a grumbler who controls the only well in town during a drought and happily gouges up the prices on his neighbors. When Dad catches wind that his daughter is in love with the son of his sworn enemy, he locks her up. The goat is what the town will sacrifice to get rain (because sacrificing humans is so "last millennium," according to the script). Lots of folks end up at the bottom of the well, but love does eventually blossom, making this a happy, silly show (even with all those people in the well). 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Through June 19. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights. For information, call 713-838-7191 or visit www.upstagetheatre.org. $20.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: May 28. Continues through June 19, 2010