Few things evoke Americana like a barbecue (though in fairness, pretty much every culture grills). It’s the setting for a very summery, suburban and 1950s idea of what America is. The play Detroit, by Lisa D’amour, focuses on Mary and Ben, a married couple in a suburb outside of an anonymous midsize city that is not necessarily Detroit, as they have a barbecue for their new neighbors. Sharon and Kenny have just moved into a nearby rented house that is completely devoid of furniture. But instead of sharing stories about their kids or trying to project rosy lives to each other, the two couples can’t stop talking about substance abuse and getting laid off. The Pulitzer-nominated play premieres at 8 p.m. at Kitchen Dog Theater, 3120 McKinney Ave, and runs until October 26 (ticket prices are pay-what-you-can on Wednesday and Thursday shows for the first 25 people). Visit kitchendogtheater.org for more information and to buy tickets.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 27. Continues through Oct. 26, 2013