Houston playwright Carl Williams has turned his attention to cowboy poetry in the comedy Under a Cowboy Moon
. Set in Spitwhistle, Texas, on the occasion of the town’s annual poetry contest, the play follows several characters, both contestants and non-contestants, through the competition. The Saddle Horn Bar is run by PA Carswell (Megan Nix), who dreams of working in a diner in Texarkana. Deuce Whatley (David James Barron), formerly in an intimate relationship with PA, still carries a torch for her. Henry Burke (Taylor Wildman), a young neophyte poet at it for only a few weeks, is in the bar, struggling to compose his entry. Joining them are Rafe Cainfield (Christopher G. Keller), accompanied by his girlfriend, Teri Blair (Helen Hurn). Boorish Rafe has the swagger of overconfidence, and Teri has the looks of a screen goddess. Things heat up when a PBS television crew arrives to film the upcoming contest for a documentary on cowboy poetry. Rebecca Proctor (Amanda Garcia) is in charge of the crew, while Simon Dawes (Bob Galley) handles the camera work. Jill Milligan (Rebeca Stevens), a former waitress at the Saddle Horn back from college for a visit, arrives, as do two other contestants: an out-of-towner, Michael Tibbets (Jeff Henninger), and three-time contest winner Boon Hawkins (Adrian Collinson). There is a bit of a young lion/old lion theme, with Rafe seeking to take down Boon in the competition.
8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. January 19 and 26. Through February 1. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Drive. For information, call 713-682-3525 or visit theatresuburbia.org. $12 to $16.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Jan. 3. Continues through Jan. 26, 2014