“This play shows the love that can exist in a family, and also the hurt.” Attendees expecting a stereotypical sendup of conservatives or liberals will be surprised, says Gay, adding that there is a plot twist at the end that will leave you questioning your previous assumptions.
The scenic design by Takeshi promises to reinforce the desert isolation (the title of the play comes from a highway sign reading “other desert cities” next to a sign indicating Palm Springs). Richard Bekins appears as patriarch Lyman Wyeth, returning to the Alley after a 25 year absence, and Linda Thorson as Aunt Polly checks in after being gone for more than three decades.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through February 2. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713‑220-5700 or visit alleytheatre.org. $26 to $80.
Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 10. Continues through Feb. 2, 2014