Director Josh Morrison (who directed last season's Wittenberg) acknowledges that this is a different type of play for Stages, one that he expects will ''get some screams and gasps'' from the audience. ''There's twists and turns and a definite theatricality to the piece,'' he says. Another major theme of this play concerns the role of females in American society at the height of the women's liberation movement — a recurring theme for Levin, who died in 2007, Morrison says.
Artist Robert Dampier displays his ''steam punk horror art'' out in the lobby in conjunction with the performances. Stages favorites Sally Edmundson and James Belcher star along with Teresa Zimmermann and Dwight Clark.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through November 3. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit stagestheatre.com. $19 to $54.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Oct. 9. Continues through Nov. 3, 2013