The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: University Musical Society.
Jan. 8-13. The National Theatre of Scotland, founded in 2006 and known for staging plays in non-traditional places like airports and forests, performs Scottish playwright David Greig’s rollicking, surreal play about a prim, uptight researcher of Scottish border ballads. While stuck in a small-town pub, she is forced to experience first-hand the ballads’ passionate and bacchanalian themes. The play is itself a ballad written in rhyming couplets and subverted by witty references to Facebook, Kylie Minogue, and Costco. The 5-actor cast, directed by Wils Wilson, maximizes the small yet intimate staging in a pub by climbing up on tables and weaving through the audience. Recommended for ages 14+. Also, on Jan. 12, “A Play and a Pint: Scottish Theater and the Border Ballads of Prudencia Hart,” ,” a discussion led by U-M history professor Kali Israel and English instructor Karen McConnell (6 p.m.; Corner Brewery).
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 8-10), 8 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), 2 p.m. (Jan. 12), & 6 p.m. (Jan. 13), Corner Brewery, 720 Norris (at Forest), Ypsilanti. $50 general admission, in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]