Horse Head Theatre Company is well known for mounting its progressive and edgy theatrical productions in unexpected venues. Boheme's Cafe and Wine Bar's back lot is the site of the troupe's presentation of Obie Award winner Annie Baker's The Aliens, a show that follows two friends talking in a coffee shop. But Boheme's neighbors don't need to worry about possible noise. ''Aliens is like nothing we've produced before in that so much of the play's life is in the silences,'' says Drake Simpson, cofounder of Horse Head and lead actor in the play, who co-stars with Kevin Jones. ''The playwright recommends that perhaps from a quarter to a third of the piece be spent in silence. The challenge, then, is to make sure that these moments are just as alive as those moments that are dialogue-driven.''
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and August 19. Through August 31. 307 Fairview. For information, call 713-364-4482 or visit horseheadtheatre.org. $10 to $20.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 15. Continues through Aug. 31, 2013