Three 13-year-old girls share the stage with a psychiatrist mother determined to make the best choices for her daughter in All Girls, about to undergo its regional premiere in Houston at Stark Naked Theatre. The best friends are about to enter high school in the play set in the '90s and the leader, Morgan, is uncertain whether her path to success still has room for these other girls. ''They are nasty and lovable and funny and awful and we ask that the audience love them anyway,'' says New York City-based playwright Anna Greenfield. ''I love 13-year-old girls and I also fear them,'' she says, and above all, she wanted to write about them. ''It's a bridge from one world to another, from child to adult. It was a really scary time in a lot of ways. There's no like outlet for all your intensity.''
Directed by Julia Traber, with Kim Tobin playing the manipulative mother, this comedy/drama occasionally moves into surreal territory and isn't recommended for children. Tobin had seen the play in New York and contacted Greenfield for the rights. ''I'm just so excited and honored to have my play in another state. I feel so honored that it gets to be in Houston,'' Greenfield says. And in fact, she's flying down for opening weekend.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays and October 21, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through October 26. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, visit starknakedtheatre.com. Pay-what-you-can to $20.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Oct. 26, 2013