shows a Russian society as more than just landed gentry and peasants, but also the increasingly disgruntled middle class. Factory workers are demanding changes of the two owners, one of whom is sympathetic to them; the other maintains a hard line. The militia is called in, with calamitous results. “It’s a great actors’ piece. There’s lots of characters in it,” says Rebecca Greene Udden, the director of this play and artistic director of Main Street Theater. It was precisely for that reason that the University of Houston couldn’t tackle it by itself, she says, and Rob Shimko, director of UH’s School of Theatre & Dance, suggested it to her. Besides the large cast (which does include some UH students), there are a number of “mature roles” in the play, she says. The three-act play, adapted by David Hare, will be performed with one intermission, clocking in at about two hours. “This is about people who have power and are completely oblivious to the effect they are having on everyone else in society.” Despite this, Udden says, “There’s a lot of humor to it. Still, it’s a Russian play.”
3 p.m. Sunday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. September 16 through October 15. Main Street Theater — Rice Village, 2540 Times Boulevard. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com
. $36 to $45.
Set in a factory in 1905, Maxim Gorky’s