When twentysomethings hit 30, things can spin all out of whack. Such is the case in Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter, about a struggling playwright who can't quite fulfill his youthful promise. Watching over him is his fabulously charming and often cruel ex-college roommate, an editor who's made it big by fishing a bestseller out of all the crap that has crossed his desk. In between these two comes Christina, a girl from Amsterdam's red-light district who lives in a fantasy world. Erotic desire changes everything in this seamy, dark tale from one of America's freshest playwrights.
Put together by Horse Head Theatre, one of the latest entries into Houston's theatrical ring, the play captures the lives of some very screwed-up folks. "It's a story of dysfunctional friendship and misplaced affection," says Kevin Holden, the show's director.
Don't expect a traditional theater experience at Red Light Winter. According to Horse Head, seats aren't in neat rows. Instead, audience members are encouraged to "sit, stand, lounge, spread out and move around." 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Through October 10. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 512-350-6156 or visit www.horseheadtheatre.org. $10 to $20.
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Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 24. Continues through Oct. 10, 2009