Kelli Mangrum is a 22-year-old UPS employee who dreams of leaving Texas and figures this is her ticket out. One of her competitors won two years before and she doesn’t think it’s fair that he’s in the competition again, says Muessig. Muessig, a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and now a rising senior and musical theater major at Texas State University in San Marcos, says she can relate to a) her character’s determination and b) her desire to leave Texas (Muessig plans to move to New York City after college) but that she doubts that she would last very long in a competition like this. Complete with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio, the two-act show also features a Nissan pickup truck center stage.
7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through June 22. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713‑558‑8887 or visit tutsunderground.com. $24 to $49.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 & 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through June 22, 2014