Last year, more people watched Jersey Shore than World News with Diane Sawyer, reported TVNewser. It’s that up-is-down reality that’s at the heart of Our House, a dark comedy written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by David Rainey. The show, presented by Black Lab Theatre in its regional premiere, explores the blurred line between reality television and newscasts. Two seemingly separate plot lines fill the first act. One thread follows a struggling television network producer who tries to spice things up with a Big Brother-esque reality show, Our House. Concurrently, the story chases Merv, a fan of the show living out his own TV-worthy drama with three squabbling roommates.
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“The end of the first act is like, boom!” said Jordan Jaffe, artistic director of Black Lab Theatre. “You come back from intermission, and you’re on the edge of your seat.” Jaffe didn’t want to give away Act Two, but promised a twist. “There’s this big whole situation,” he said. (We’re pretty sure it isn’t the Jersey Shore kind of Situation.) 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 3 p.m. March 25. Through March 31. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 713-515-4028 or visit www.blacklabtheatre.com. $12 to $25.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: March 16. Continues through March 31, 2012