The Man in the Locket: Truths and Lies at the Bergstrom Circus & Menagerie
, this year’s winner of the Summer Mellerdrammer playwriting contest.
8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. July 30 and August 6, 13 and 20. July 21 through August 26. 4106 Way Out West. For information, call 713-682-3525 or visit theatresuburbia.org
. $13 to $16.
Villains and melodramas are old hat, but this popcorn-throwing summer production at Theatre Suburbia happens to be a world premiere by local playwright Kris Thompson. A young woman escapes her fiancé and guardians, runs away to join the circus and finds true love. Actor Adrian Collinson tells us this is his fourth turn as the villain in a melodrama (audience members “express their disdain” by throwing popcorn and offering up boos and hisses), and his character finds himself in hot pursuit of the runaway heiress. Collinson also says the interactive sing-along is always popular. “They’re usually old standards like ‘Oh My Darling, Clementine’ and that sort of song that everyone has known since they were a kid.” Elvin Moriarty and Judy Reeves direct