Theater

The Phoenix Theatre will present the regional premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman May 11-June 11.

In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, short fiction writer Katurian is interrogated about the gruesome content of his stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre crimes occurring in his town. Katurian’s dim-witted brother Michal is accused of reading Katurian’ stories and using them as a primer for committing the crimes. Katurian defends his beloved brother, his own right to write whatever he wants, and the right to have his art transcend the politics of the moment.

The Pillowman will be performed in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. During CheapSeats week opening weekend, all seats are $15. Regular tickets are $25; $15 for those 24 and under. To purchase tickets call the theater, 749 N. Park Ave., 317-635-PLAY or go to www.phoenixtheatre.org.

Neil Simon’s comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs concludes Civic Theatre’s 2005-2006 season May 12-27.

The show depicts a few days in the life of a struggling Jewish household during the Great Depression, facing daily challenges with wit, wisdom, tears and joy. A portrait of the writer as a Brooklyn teen-ager in 1937, the play is part of the author’s autobiographical trilogy that follows his life from Brooklyn to Broadway, including Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound.

Show dates are May 12-14, May 18-21 and May 25-27. Show times are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. (May 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.) and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 Fridays-Sundays and $15 Thursdays. Call the theater, 3200 Cold Spring Road, on the campus of Marian College, at 317-923-4597 or go to www.civictheatre.org.

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