"The Phoenix Theatre will produce the Midwest premiere of Dan Dietz’s tempOdyssey Feb. 1-25. The production is part of a “rolling world premiere.” Three members of the National New Play Network are producing tempOdyssey this year: the Phoenix Theatre, Curious Theater Company of Denver and New Jersey Repertory of Long Branch, N.J.
Genny is the perfect temp: smart, efficient and anonymous. She is determined to leave her Appalachian roots and her past in Atlanta behind, so she moves across the country to Seattle. Once there, she goes to work as a temp worker, and her first assignment is a gig as a receptionist for a bomb manufacturer, where she meets a kindred spirit and romantic sparks fly. There’s just one problem: She believes anything she touches will break, and anyone who loves her will meet an untimely end. tempOdyssey fuses the epic drudgery of temp work with the epic mythology of The Odyssey in a production that is a comedy, a love story and a surprisingly universal journey.
Performances are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25; $15 for those 24 and under. During CheapSeats week, Feb. 1-4, all tickets are just $15. To make reservations, call the Phoenix, 749 N. Park Ave., at 317-635-PLAY, www.phoenixtheatre.org.
The Peoples Playhouse will present S.O.S. by Josh Carson Feb. 2-18, a romantic comedy about a dating service that puts singles in life-threatening situations to bring them closer together. It has car chases and gunfights and train wrecks and more hand-to-hand combat than you could shake a stick at.
The writer, Josh Carson, was in JAWS! The Musical at last year’s Fringe Festival, where he got to know the members of Peoples Playhouse. Through their collaboration, S.O.S. will get its third production — it has been presented only twice before in Minneapolis. This is the biggest cast that Peoples has ever worked with, and the play is very different from what they have presented in the past.
Show times are Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. (no show Super Bowl Sunday) at The Alley Theater, 1716 N. Illinois St. Call the theater for tickets, 317-926-8888.