, a co-production of the One Year Lease Theater Company and Stages Repertory Theatre, actors delve into the meaning of this high-stakes event while the sounds of tennis balls fly through the air and land on the court. This will be the first time the New York City-based theater company known for the physicality of its performances will be doing a world premiere in a city other than its home, says co-director Nick Flint. “We didn’t need people who were professional tennis players, but we needed actors who were very versatile in their bodies in terms of working with theatrical movement,” Flint said. A big part of the presentation is how do we embody tennis in a theatrical context. And also having to learn an inordinate amount of very specific choreography.”
7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. October 11 through 29. Stages Repertory Theatre. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit stagestheatre.com
. $25 to $55.
Staged right here in Houston’s Astrodome in 1973, the famous “Battle of the Sexes” pitted the young Billie Jean King against an older Bobby Riggs in a tennis match that was as much theater as sport. In Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery’s