OUCH!: In Second Thought Theatre”s , a man and woman form a bond as kids over their shared propensity for injuring themselves. Of course, as the two age, the injuries become less about the physical and more psychological. And it seems that it all works. “Second Thought’s Gruesome Playground Injuries is a bitter, frequently gross, and occasionally quite funny ride,” Liz Johnstone writes on . “There is an urgency to its message, and you come away wanting to seize whatever happiness you can with both hands.” Phil Cerroni liked it, too, particularly Joel Ferrell”s direction. “Ferrell”s direction never allows for a dull moment, engaging the audience in the many-layered story that spans three decades in just under 90 minutes,” he writes on . Catch it through June 29.
TACA GRANTS: Speaking of Second Thought, it”s one of the recipients of this year”s TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund grants. Artistic director Steven Walters and writing partner Erik Archilla will use the money for a play they are working on about John Wilkes Booth. The Undermain Theatre also receives a portion of the $100,000 grant, which it will use for a play called Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel by Len Jenkin. And rounding out the list, Voices of Change will use its funds to commission a new work by SMU professor Xi Wang.
QUOTABLE: “I had a girlfriend, and we kept fighting and breaking up. And on the way out of Ann Arbor, this show comes on—it’s this guy I had never heard before, a dude named Ira Glass. I was like, ‘Whoa!’ and she was like, ‘Turn this noise off right away!’ I was like, ‘Stop the car.’ I knew right then the relationship was not going to work.”