A grieving mother and distraught teacher attempt to comprehend the suicide of Gidion, a fifth grade boy struggling to be understood. This emotional story breaks down the walls between bully and victim and depicts the devastating consequences our words can have. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.
Indulge your inner geek at this weekly improv comedy and pop culture mashup. The performance features an expert in somewhat arcane and definitely nerdy knowledge—this week's topic is Tolkien—and uses that as a platform to educate and entertain the audience. Shire dwellers undoubtedly would not approve. Sat 8 p.m.
No ordinary practice stage will do for the stars of Tao: Phoenix Rising; these athletic yet graceful performers were sent to the mountains of Japan to train for this unique show. Explosive Taiko drumming sets the pace as the Tao performers fuse physical strength with precise movements and modern costumes for a fiery show. Mon 7:30-9:30 p.m.
In the aftermath of war, how do you return home and confront a past you want to forget? In this drama by Matthew Lopez, a Jewish Confederate soldier arrives at his house to find his former slaves living in the ruins. As they celebrate Passover together, they are forced to face their mutual pasts and uncertain futures. Thu-Sun 8 p.m.
There's a different sort of holiday ghosts in this Christmas show. Based in the 1920s, the story follows a family who considers selling their mansion to pay off debt, but the ghosts who celebrate the solstice there have other ideas. This heartwarming cultural celebration—styled after old-fashioned radio variety shows—invites audience participation, as if you'd need an invitation to sing along.
An unwed, childless woman with a history of mental illness spends her days caring for her deceitful mother. When a glimpse of a different life reveals itself, mom unleashes a wide range of devious tricks to deny her daughter happiness and keep her in their isolated Irish cottage. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Two young sisters and a group of goblin fruit dealers make an odd coupling in this musical tale of temptation. Drawing on Christina Rossetti's 1862 poem of the same name, Goblin Market is often interpreted as an expression of feminist politics and a criticism of Victorian gender issues. All it's lacking is a magic ring and a hobbit or two. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.
A chance encounter at a recording studio became a day for the rock 'n' roll history books. This musical tells the true story of the one-time jam session between rock icons Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Opera star Tito Morelli is slated for a one-night performance of Otello. When he shows up late, people start to panic. But when he takes a few too many tranquilizers to calm his nerves and is presumed dead, things really start to unravel. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
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