Roberts, who grew up in Houston before eventually settling in Prague, had never done a Stoppard play before, but he’s enjoying the experience. “I really didn’t know a great deal about these Russian thinkers and philosophers. But you certainly don’t have to know anything about history to understand these plays,” he said. “The characters have real problems: love, loyalty, the meaning of life, how to make a difference.” And, at least with Roberts’s character, an unpleasant side.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through March 8. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Boulevard. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit www.mainstreettheater.com. $32 to $40.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through Feb. 18, 2012