Phil Edel and Victor Abraham test the bounds of friendship in Michael Weems’s stage comedy (Scattered) Arranged. The two men, lifelong friends, long ago made a pact to tie their families together by marrying Phil’s daughter, June, to Victor’s son, Alex. The trouble is, they haven’t told anyone about the plan, not the kids and not their significant others. Alex, socially inept and in love with June, thinks it’s a great idea. (It’s the only way he has any chance with the more sophisticated and mature June.) Naturally, June wants nothing to do with the absurd plan.
The families unite in their opposition to The Edelbraham Pact of 1978, as the men call it. June refuses, Phil’s wife balks and Victor’s girlfriend disapproves. As the two men try to explain themselves, darker motives become apparent.
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Today’s premiere of (Scattered) Arranged is part of Country Playhouse’s New Play Reading Series. Weems is one of six participating Houston-based playwrights. The readings continue through April 8, with a different one each Sunday. See (Scattered) Arranged today at 7 p.m. 12802 Queensbury. For information, call 713-467-4497 or visit www.countryplayhouse.org. Free.
Sun., March 4, 7 p.m., 2012