After its TKO (theatrical knockout) last month at Stagville Historic Site, Bare Theatre keeps the road show going, taking Christopher Durang's addled 1994 collection of stage satires and theatrical exposés to Burning Coal this week before closing its run in Durham at Common Ground Theatre next week.
In the first act, Durang sends up Tennessee Williams in a gender-switched version of The Glass Menagerie and skewers Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, including a swipe at David Mamet along the way. In Act 2, a soapy melodrama leaves a fabulously wealthy dowager torn between death and luncheon, an old flame causes new heartburn and a playwright (named Chris) has the worst of all possible business lunches at the Russian Tea Room. It's evil fun for theater insiders, but even the civilians should get a kick out of the proceedings as Olivia Griego directs a cast including Barbette Hunter, Whitney Griffin, P.J. Maske and G. Todd Buker. Tickets are $10 for students, military or seniors, and $17 for all other adults. —Byron Woods