For those who appreciated the Twilight saga but wish it had been played more for laughs — well, intentional laughs — the often-hysterical Mildred's Umbrella Company offers the perfect show. With its mysterious setting, multiple characters with multiple secrets, and, of course, murder, Ravenscroft delivers all the elements expected of quality detective fiction, yet simultaneously ''turns it inside out and breaks all the rules,'' Mildred's Managing Artistic Director Jennifer Decker teases. Director Rob Kimbro, who Decker says ''has wanted to direct Ravenscrcoft for many years,'' goes a step further in his assessment: Kimbro promises that though he and the cast intend to interpret noted playwright Don Nigro's sturdy comedic whodunit ''with love,'' he also warns this production won't be particularly respectful. ''I apologize to those of you who might be bothered by that,'' director Kimbro adds. Well, as long as he’s sorry.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Through May 18. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, call 832-463-0409 or visit mildredsumbrella.com. Pay-what-you-can to $25.
Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 3. Continues through May 18, 2013