Irish playwright Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas is a dark work filled with gleefully wicked vampire tales told by that most infamous of all blood suckers - the pompous theater critic. The man moves about the stage with his pocket full of anecdotes for 90 mesmerizing minutes. Lucky for Houstonians, the production now running at the Alley Theatre stars one of the Bayou City's favorite actors, James Black. He narrates stories about covens full of suburban vampires and his own mid-life ennui. (Of himself, he says, "I was famous in all the wrong ways." Of his cutting reviews, he chirps, "I knew what I did was wrong - that's why I did it!") When the show opened in New York, the Times critic said McPherson's play "addresses the story-hungry child in everyone with enjoyable, posturing shamelessness." 7:30 Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. July 23 through August 8. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $21 to $38.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 23. Continues through Aug. 8, 2010