Manbites Dog Theater—New York-based playwright Christopher Shinn, who is not yet 35 years old, has seen most of his career unfold during America's half-decade of warfare. Manbites Dog presents its version of Shinn's latest, about a therapist who loses her husband to fighting in Iraq, and is then confronted by his twin brother back home. Jay O'Berski and Dana Marks (above) perform this two-hander, starting tonight at 8:15 p.m. and continuing through March 8. Visit www.manbitesdogtheater.org for more info. —Kathy Justice
Brushes With Life: Art, Artists and Mental Illness
Sunrise Church—In its purest form, art can represent an outward portrait of the inner mind as it captures the emotions and thoughts of its creator on an eternal canvas. Local filmmaker Philip Brubaker explores the connection between the human mind and art's creative outlet through his latest documentary Brushes With Life, a personal journey through the world of the mentally ill and the art they create. The film rolls at 7:30 p.m. and donations are encouraged. —Kathy Justice
Common Ground Theatre—Founded in 2007, the Free Association Theatre Ensemble (FATE) presented two solidly reviewed shows last year, staged at Market Street Books in Chapel Hill. Now they come to Durham and Common Ground Theatre with ClosetLand, starting tonight (with shows through Sunday, and Wednesday through Saturday next week). Based on a 1991 film written and directed by Radha Bharadwaj and inspired by her husband's work with Amnesty International, ClosetLand tells the story of a children's book writer accused by the government of writing subversive children's stories. For more info, visit www.fate4.us or call 539-0993. —Megan Stein
Please note: Tonight's and tomorrow night's performances have been canceled due to severe illness.
UNC's Swain Hall—The root of all evil is money. That is, of course, unless it's sex or power. James M. Cain's classic noir thriller Double Indemnity explores these evil notions through the cheap talk, fast sex and forbidden romance of a tabloid-style story of crime and punishment when an unhappy housewife wants to do away with her overbearing husband. Now the UNC Department of Communications puts a new twist on the classic tale as it turns artsy noir into vivid physical machinations complete with nefarious dance numbers and the dueling dynamics of digital technology. Do you like your murder shaken or stirred? The curtain rises at 8 p.m. for $5. —Kathy Justice