The Seven Year Itch
Houston Press theater reviewer D.L.Groover told fans to hurry to see The Seven Year Itch "if you want to see a star being born," referring to actors Lloyd Clingman (as Richard, the husband) and Kate Nelson (the beautiful girl upstairs who unknowingly tempts him to stray from his wife). Set in a hot, steamy summer, Itch has Richard left at home alone while the rest of his family has gone off for vacation. When a blonde bombshell moves into the apartment upstairs, Richard's fantasy life goes into overdrive.(Because of the heat, she wears a series of barely-there outfits, which stimulate him all the more.) Groover said "Nelson, and the others, light up the stage as if pyromaniacs," and suggests theater lovers "catch this show before the flames go out." Closes Saturday. 8944-A Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505.
You don't have to be a stamp collector to enjoy Mauritius, although enjoy might be the wrong word. The story of two sisters who inherit a stamp collection, Mauritius shows us the extremely bad behavior that can arise when someone doesn't have anything left to lose and someone else has everything to gain. The plot twists and turns, going through double-cross after double-cross before it comes to a car-wreck of an ending. Closes May 3. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.com.
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You can meet film makers Fernando Eimbcke, Luiz Bolognesi, Luis Alberto Restrepo and Sebastian Silva during Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America, the MFAH's annual celebration of all things cine. Each will introduce the screening of his film over the weekend (Eimbcke directed Lake Tahoe, Bolognesi wrote the screenplay for The Ballroom, Restrepo directed The Passion of Gabriel and Silva directed The Maid.) Screenings for the festival's eight films are scheduled through May 3. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films.