In the case of Mildred’s Umbrella’s Museum of Dysfunction VI: A Showcase of Shorts, focusing on lives gone astray just goes with the territory. The annual showcase drew from some 200 short-play submissions. A total of 20 selected works will be presented during its two-weekend run (two different sets of ten plays per weekend). Texas theatrical lynchpin Ron Jones has a hand in shows both weekends. “Mine are sexier than the rest,” he warns/promises of his contributions. “And I like it!” Jones directed Reginald Edmund's End of The World, which finds both a gay and a heterosexual couple lamenting their similar sexual problems. He directs fellow Houston playwright Eric James’s Pumpernickel, focusing on a dominatrix and her shy, inexperienced customer. “Let’s just say after the initial agreed-upon activity doesn’t ‘work out’ for them both, they begin to debate other possible scenarios,” James says of his work. “The guy really doesn’t want to spend any more money than he’s already paid, but he has some interesting suggestions and fetishes — and the woman is only right to want to charge more for some of them!”
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through December 14. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, call 832‑463‑0409 or visit mildredsumbrella.com. Pay-as-you-can.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 5. Continues through Dec. 14, 2013