DEATH AND TEXAS Single Carrot Theatre presents it third Baltimore premiere this season with Tracy Letts' 1998 debut, Killer Joe. Letts--a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble and a former member of the Bang Bang Spontaneous Theater, which also spit out emerging contemporary talents such as actor Reggie Hayes, playwright Greg Kotis (Urinetown: The Musical), and the Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)--won a Tony and Pulitzer last year for his August: Osage County, but may be better known to popular audiences as the scribe behind the play and movie adaptation of his engrossingly paranoid Bug. Killer Joe spotlights a volatile family living in a trailer park outside Dallas that gets involved with a planned murder for a big payoff. The play opens Feb. 19 and runs through March 15.
OPENING The Mobtown Players open German playwright Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening Feb. 20 at the Mobtown Theatre at Meadow Mill in a production conceptualized by the late Terry Long; the play runs through March 14. "The Fall of the House of Usher," a one-act experimental performance piece directed by David Drake, runs Feb. 20 and 21 in free production at the MICA Gateway building's BBOX theater. And Shattered Wig Night invades the 14-Karat Cabaret Feb. 20 with performances from John M. Bennett, Jack Wright, and Ben Bennett as Rotty What, Susan Mele with pianist Daniel Meyer; Kristen Anchor and CP contributor Rahne Alexander, and readings from Francis Poole and "Blaster" Al Ackerman.
LAST CHANCE Local actor Bruce Nelson concludes his celebrated turn as some 34 characters in Everyman Theatre's I Am My Own Wife this week, with evening performance Feb. 18-22 and Saturday and Sunday matinees. And Run of the Mill Theatre's James McBride concludes its run at the Theatre Project Feb. 22, with evening performances Thursday-Saturday and a Sunday matinee.