A Widow of No Importance

The Houston-­based Shunya Theatre promotes the arts of South Asia, chiefly by producing in English plays that arerelevant to that culture. Its latest offering is the Texas premiere of the romantic comedy A Widow of No Importance by Shane Sakhrani, featuring an Indian widow, Deepa, who is far from the usual stereotype. Sara Kumar, Shunya’s artistic director, says, “Deepa’s caught between worlds. She’s dressed as a traditional Indian widow, but dreams of cowboy hats and writing her own happy ending.She prays for her daughter’s arranged marriage while fantasizing about romance for herself. And when the possibility arises, all of Indian societal heaven breaks loose.” Deepa’s daughter, Tara, has inherited her mother’s strongly independent streak, so personalities, cultures and generations are doomed to clash. And when they both like the same man, a neighbor who is much closer in age to the daughter, conflicts proliferate even more.

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through April 6. 1824 Spring. For information, call 832-­452-­5193 or visit shunyatheatre.org. $20.
Sundays, 3 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 28. Continues through April 6, 2014

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