This is a play that Claire Hart-Palumbo and Main Street Theater have been wanting to do for a long time — “12 years, in fact,” according to the director. It took them that long to get and keep the rights (taken away once by another theater company with more pull, Hart-Palumbo says). “Of all of Coward’s plays of the upper class behaving badly, this is the only one whose two leads are women,” she says.
The director is considered something of an authority on Coward’s work and says she likes it so much because of his clever language. “I prefer to be entertained by people who are smarter than I am,” she says. The three-act play comes in at around two and a half hours total running time and also boasts a maid, Saunders (played by Elizabeth Marshall Black), who has a lot of advice to hand out.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through August 3. 2540 Times Boulevard. For information, call 713‑524‑6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com. $20 to $39.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: July 10. Continues through Aug. 3, 2014