Assistance

''High-octane satire'' is how Black Lab Theatre's Artistic Director, Jordan Jaffe, describes the group's latest production, Leslye Headland's Assistance. ''The play follows a group of assistants that are all twentysomething and very ambitious and driven, trying to please their hellacious boss and deal with everything that's going on around them at the same time that they're one-upping each other,'' Jaffe says all in one breath, echoing the show's runaway pace. ''It's fast-paced with very crisp dialogue. It's so true to life. It's really representational of where [my generation is] right now, just after we've graduated from college. We have this idea that we're going to get the perfect first job and get promoted right away. Then we'll instantly be a millionaire. So many of my friends are going exactly through that, working at a [starter] job and wondering, 'Why am I, at 25, not in charge already?' The play deals with how we handle those expectations and how things work in the world.''

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and September 30. Through October 5. Wildfish Theatre, 1703 Post Oak Boulevard. For information, visit blacklabtheatre.com. $30.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 19. Continues through Oct. 5, 2013

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