Remember that ominous ad from the 2004 presidential election that featured a snarling wolf roaming the countryside, terrorizing unsuspecting country folk? Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company's Foxfinder substitutes a threatening hoard of terrorizing foxes for the wolf. The danger prompts a visit from an official Foxfinder to a family farm. But is the real threat from pointy-snouted, beady-eyed, furry little creatures? Or from a government trying to keep its citizens under control?

Playwright Dawn King, a finalist in the Susan Smith Blackburn awards, penned Foxfinder, which Mildred's Umbrella artistic director, Jennifer Decker, says ''is 1984 meets The Crucible. It is a chilling exploration of the darkness that can occur in people when our deepest beliefs are challenged.'' There's an opening-night party with the cast and crew, including ubiquitous Matt Huff, discussing the show's exploration of the darkness.

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Through August 31. 1824 Spring Street, Studio 101. For information, call 832-463-0409 or visit $12 to $20.
Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 16. Continues through Aug. 31, 2013

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