You only have a few more chances to catch the stage plays Red Light Winter, Southern Rapture, and Meet Me in St. Louis.
Southern Rapture, currently closing at Stages Repertory Theatre on Sunday, is a comedy based on a true story.
When the Charlotte Repertory Theatre staged Tony Kushner's Angels in America in 1996, it caused quite a stir. Artists, audiences, and community groups found themselves grappling with the question: Can you really say that on stage? The showdown between Charlotte Rep and Concerned Charlotteans, a group led by one Reverend Joe Chambers, reached absurdity before it was all over, which proved to be perfect comedic fodder playwright Eric Coble.
Stages Producing Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin directs a cast featuring Houston actors Rutherford Cravens and Sally Edmundson. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com. $26 to $36.
Red Light Winter, the first production ever by Horse Head Theatre Company, closes this Saturday. Houston Press arts writer Troy Schulze appears as Matt, Amy Burn is Christina and Drake Simpson is Davis. The two men are former college roommates, one a successful book editor, the other a struggling playwright. The pair encounter an Amsterdam prostitute with tragic results. Press materials for the show say "emotions are propelled in a tragically wrong direction, creating an end sequence that rips out your heart with rage, disgust, pity, and complete stupor." Alrightly then. Unsurprisingly, Horse Head Theatre Company warns the show contains nudity and explicit language. 8 p.m. FrenetiCore Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 512-350-6156 or visit www.horseheadtheatre.org. $10 to $20.
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Considerably less hard edged (and sans nudity) is TUTS's Meet Me in St. Louis (yes, the stage version of the Judy Garland film). The show stars Anneliese van der Pol of the Disney Channel's That's So Raven. Miss van der pol sings "The Trolley Song" and the classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-558-TUTS or visit www.tuts.com. $24 to $102.50.