The most feared beast in Irish folklore is a pooka, a magical creature with the capacity to shape-shift and influence animals. James McLindon’s new play Pooka, being given a staged reading as part of the Wordsmyth Reading Series, follows a pooka who meets a child who’s being bullied at school. The pooka’s powers make for some interesting payback.
“Pooka is a wonderful story about a fun shape-shifting creature,” Elizabeth A. Earle, artistic director of Wordsmyth Theater Company, tells us. “It’s not a children’s tale — it’s very dark. But it’s also very imaginative — I think one of my favorite parts is when the Pooka turns himself into the bacteria that cause acne.” A talented playwright, McLindon has had work produced by six theaters. A previous play of his, Good, was the winner of the 2013 John Gassner Playwriting Award.
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7 p.m. Main Street Theater — Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose. For information, call 281‑788‑8007. Free.
Mon., April 21, 7 p.m., 2014