Natural Disasters

Jack Heifner's 1976 play Vanities ran for five years, and his musical revue Leader of the Pack (he wrote the book) was nominated for a Tony Award in 1985, so while he's not as renowned as Albee or O'Neill, he certainly knows what he's doing. In Natural Disasters, the two--comedy package currently at Theatre Suburbia, Tropical Depression has a hurricane, Twister has a tornado. But Heifner's characters are more than capable of doing serious damage all by themselves. In Depression, rich Texas housewives Gloria and Janine spend their island vacation buying junk and having affairs with lifeguards until a hurricane leaves them stranded in their hotel room. And in Twister, Betty and Roy, the lone survivors of a tornado that flattened a Texas town, have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start all over again, if they can ditch the past along with their broken dreams. 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21 and 28. Through July 4. 4106 Way Out West Drive. For information, call 713-682-3525 or visit www.theatresuburbia.com. $10 to $12.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: June 5. Continues through July 4, 2009
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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
Contact: D. L. Groover