Race and rape. Individually, they're each highly charged topics. Playwright David Mamet puts them together in the explosive play Race, being mounted here by Ensemble Theatre. A white man is accused of raping a black woman, leaving it to lawyers of both racial backgrounds to argue his fate. Mamet leaves the audience members considerable wiggle room to come to their own conclusions.

''I like the mystery of race,'' Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Eileen Morris says. ''Race is a mystery. In this play, Mamet leaves us with a lot of questions about race and class and gender. He reminds us that there's still work to be done, work that sometimes we don't want to acknowledge.'' One note, this is Mamet so audiences should expect a mature dose of adult language and profanity with the profundity.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through June 23535 Main. For information, call 713-520-0055 or visit ensemblehouston.com. $12 to $35.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 9. Continues through June 2, 2013

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