You won't confuse the crumbling heap that takes center stage in Alan Bennett's prickly new comedy People with the high polish of ITV's Downton Abbey. This South Yorkshire mansion, much like its dowager owner Lady Stacpool (Frances de la Tour), has fallen on hard times and needs refurbishing. We're in Thatcher's '80s Britain, and dwindling finances have forced Lady Stacpool to put everything up for sale, but whom she should sell what to isn't clear. Should she rent out the place for a porn flick? Give it to the National Trust and allow hordes of curiosity seekers to poke about the chamber pots once used by Kipling and Shaw? Should she go with the shady criminal syndicate that wants to move the entire manse to the seacoast as an upscale casino? Her companion (Linda Bassett) and sister (Selina Cadell) have their own dotty ideas. The comedy opened last November in London to warm reviews and is being screened as part of the National Theatre of London's National Theatre Live broadcast.
7:15 pm. April 8 and 12:30 p.m. April 13. Sundance Houston, 510 Texas. For information, call 713-223-3456 or visit sundancecinemas.com. $20.
Mon., April 8, 7:15 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 12:30 p.m., 2013
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