Playboy of the Western World

The students at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance tackle John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World. “It’s a difficult play,” says director Carolyn Houston Boone, citing poetic dialogue and the need for Irish accents. Set in Ireland, Playboy is the story of a young man who arrives in a small town. When the story of his dark past gets around, he’s made into a folk hero by the townsfolk. Filled with dark comedy and Irish wit, Playboy examines the idea of bad as good.

8 p.m.Tuesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-2929 or visit uh.edu. $20.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Oct. 12, 2014

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Olivia Flores Alvarez