Playwright/director Tom Stell has a dark tale to tell in his new play Republic Day, currently making its world premiere at Obsidian Art Space. Presented by Big Head Productions, Republic Day was inspired by recent events in Yugoslavia. The play takes place in a fictional republic where two groups of people hate each other, following two fighting factions, the Grays and the Browns. The central group of characters is the Rivers family, part of a repressed class. Once their country has been destroyed, the Rivers family turns its animosity toward each other. It's all done with a scathing, ironic wit. "At the end," says Stell, "one character says, "I like raping much better than the pillaging." And the other character says, "Don't give up on pillaging. Raping's fun but pillaging's a career." 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. September 19. Through October 1. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832-889-7837 or visit www.obsidianartspace.org. $15.
Thursdays-Saturdays; Mon., Sept. 12. Starts: Sept. 8. Continues through Oct. 1, 2011