This weekend Big Idea Theatre opens playwright Lee Blessing's moody cautionary tale of power, morality, crimes and punishments, "Lonesome Hollow." Set in an indeterminate, authoritarian future where sex offenders are imprisoned in shadowy penal colonies, a former art photographer of nudes finds himself lumped in with a violent pedophile. Director Gina Williams leads a cast that includes Eason Donner, Devon Roe, Justin Munoz, Jamie Kale and Jouni Kirjola. At Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. 8 p.m. today; performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26. Tickets: $10 -- $20. Information: Call (916) 960-3036 or go to www.bigideatheatre.com.
The brilliance of Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?" comes from the play's simple audacity. The playwright has forged one of the more exceptional careers in modern theater with works such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Delicate Balance" and "The Sandbox" -- all darkly comic, operatically tragic and heartbreakingly real. "The Goat," a 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play, fits with those major works.
Here Dean Shellenberger directs the Resurrection Theatre production featuring Jes Gonzales, Lee Marie Kelly, Paul Fearn and Alexander Hogy. 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 5. Tickets are $15-$20 at the California Stage, 2509 R St., Sacramento. Information: Call (916) 223-9568 or go to www.resurrectiontheatre.com. Children under 16 not admitted without parent.
Luis Valdez's 1979 "Zoot Suit" remains a watershed play in American theater history. Swirling around the fictionalized version of the real-life 1942 Los Angeles Sleepy Lagoon murder trial -- where young Chicanos were falsely accused of murder, setting the stage for the subsequent Zoot Suit Riots -- the play features era-based music and dance sequences all narrated by the Greek chorus of "El Pachuco." "Zoot Suit" became the first Chicano play produced on Broadway, and Valdez directed a film version in 1981. Manuel Jose Pickett directs for Teatro Espejo at the Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (last show). At noon Sunday, a low-rider car show with an oldies band precedes the performance. Tickets are $20. Information: Go to www.colonialtheatre.biz.
The Sacramento Blues Society presents its Hall of Fame Awards at 2 p.m. Sunday. This year's honorees: guitarists Lew Fratis, Jimmy Pailer and Nate "Snakeboy" Shiner; pianist Jim Monroe; and drummer Patrick "Ratatat Pat" Balcom. Festivities will be held at Harlow's nightclub, 2708 J St., Sacramento. Tickets: $10 for members; $15 general. Information: Go to www.sacblues.com, www.harlows.com or call (916) 441-4693.
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