Manbites Dog Theater—In 1847, Charlotte Brontë published her novel Jane Eyre under the gender-neutral pseudonym Currer Bell. Little did she appreciate that she would be considered one of the great female writers of English literature, and her work still packs a topical punch with its themes of women's equality, religious faith and hypocrisy, and the realization of one's true self.
The book has been previously adapted to other media, but Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern opens its own version, with actress Melissa Lozoff donning the writer's mantle and area theater veteran Tom Marriott directing. Little Green Pig's Jay O'Berski, who plays Rochester, promises that this show will not be a Masterpiece Theatre take but edgy and expressionistic. Lovers of the tale need not fret, because we're told it will be "a show for the whole family." Tickets are $17 Friday through Sunday, $12 on weeknights with a pay-what-you-can preview tonight (with a minimum of $5). The show runs until Dec. 19 with evening performances at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.manbitesdogtheater.com or call 682-3343. —Belem Destefani
The Pinhook—Within the math-rock attack of (mostly) instrumental Durham trio Maple Stave, guitarists Andy Hull and Chris Williams trade angular shots across the relentless salvos of drummer Evan Rowe. Dexterous time changes ratchet the intensity, though carefully timed reprieves enable the payoffs to feel that much more triumphant. The brooding Southern Gothic indie rock of Birmingham, Ala.'s Broken Letters is led by David Hickox's wiry guitar lines and aching vocals, powering desperate and desolate tunes of melancholy. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.thepinhook.com. —Spencer Griffith
The Jazz Loft Project
West End Wine Bar—For the last decade, Duke University scholar and author Sam Stephenson and a team of researchers have labored over 40,000 photographs and 4,000 hours of audio, all captured by the eccentric photographer W. Eugene Smith from his New York loft at 821 Sixth Ave. between 1957 and 1965. The book distillation of that—a dense, beautiful mix of prose, interviews and photos—was published last month. Tonight, Smith talks about the book, signs copies and eventually yields the floor to the trio of Ronnie Cook, who played in the space Smith documented. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Read our interview with Stephenson. —Grayson Currin