The year is 999 AD, and the Vikings want to loot and plunder England. Ye olde king, woeful over the impending apocalypse of the new millennium, gives his blessing to a most unfortunate alliance between a Norman princess and a 14-year-old "Lord," in a last-ditch effort to keep out the enemy and prepare for the inevitable end of the world. (And you thought people got bent outta shape about Y2K.) The invading brutes are not the only dilemma plaguing the characters of British playwright Moira Buffini's comedy Silence, which humorously navigates the rocky issues of sex, violence and teenage marriage -- obviously, something for everyone -- and opens this week at Stages Repertory Theatre. But seriously, who else but a British woman could present the stark realities of rape, murder and the tireless oppression of women with such frankness and biting humor -- and have the courage to make them relevant to today's audiences? If you're still not convinced that Silence is a crowd-pleaser, Elena Coates at Stages assures us point-blank that "It's not a downer." There you have it. Silence opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 19. Show continues Wednesdays through Sundays through November 6. 3201 Allen Parkway. For tickets and showtimes, call 713-527-0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com. $25 to $35. -- Mary Templeton
Now That's Horrible
But the Noise is fun at Southmore House
Look at you in your suit and shiny shoes, fancy-pants. What happened to the headstrong young person who ran around the house screaming, worrying Mom and the neighbors about your impending adulthood? Unleash that young, terrifying you at Horrible Noise 6, a monthlong celebration of sound and reckless abandon. Each night will begin with a few featured bands, but attendees are encouraged -- nay, expected -- to bring their own weird instruments for the hours following, when the evening becomes a noisy free-for-all that lasts about six hours. So if the kid in you is dying to play Coke bottles, yodel or tap-dance with wooden shoes, then ditch the Filofax and make some joyful, er, horrible noise. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October 31. Southmore House, 3107 Leeland. For information, call 713-299-4996 or visit www.southmorehouse.com. Free. -- Mary Templeton
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There was a time when flamenco dancing was taboo in Spain. To strut around like the Gypsies? ¡Es una vergüenza! cried the uppity Spaniards. But in 15th-century Andalucia, the Gypsies finally won over the natives with their dance, and now flamenco is a veritable art form. This weekend, dance phenom José Porcel will visit town with his Ballet Flamenco troupe to perform Flamenco Feeling. The show pays homage to Spanish folklore and promises vibrant costumes and dazzling moves that'll make you want to unleash your inner Gypsy. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 15. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For tickets, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org. Tickets start at $31. -- Steven Devadanam
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