The Indianapolis theater community will see three Indiana premieres open this weekend.
The Phoenix Theatre will produce Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, Rebeck's first play to be produced on Broadway. It is about two estranged half sisters, Jackie and Mary, who get together to settle their mother's estate. Each one claims ownership of a potentially valuable family stamp collection that includes misprint stamps from the island of Mauritius. The play includes plot twists with a dash of mystery. ?Mauritius will be performed in the Frank & Katrina Basile stage (with bar service) Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $15 for those 24 and under. All Thursdays are CheapSeats nights: All tickets are just $15. For reservations, call the theater, 749 N. Park Ave., 317-635-PLAY (7529) or go to www.phoenixtheatre.org.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Burt V. Royal revisits the Peanuts gang as a bunch of freak adolescents. The beagle has been put down after contracting rabies and eating his best yellow-feathered friend. His owner, C.B., is questioning the existence of God and wonders what happens to us after we die. His darling little blond sister has become the ultimate drama queen. The once blanket-toting Van is now a major pot-head, his sister has been institutionalized for pyromania, the "tomboys" are faux-lesbians and the perpetually filthy one is a homophobic germaphobe. Shows are at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., March 6-April 4, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, full-time students and military personnel. Call the box office at 317-685-TOTS for reservations or go to www.tots.org.
Also at TOTS, on the second stage, Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project will present Nickel and Dimed, a play by Joan Holden based on the best-selling novel by Barbara Ehrenreich. It looks at the 36.5 million Americans who live on less than $10 an hour: the working poor, such as the parent who works an eight-hour shift at Wal-Mart, then a second at Burger King to keep a roof over her children. Shows are March 6-14, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $8 for students; each Thursday night benefits Second Helpings Food Bank: Bring 32 ounces of rice or pasta for half-price tickets; five pounds or more and your ticket is free. Call 317-685-TOTS for tickets.