Nothing brings a family together quite like the impending death of an aging grandparent. For most kids, this is the first experience of the void created by the extinguished candle of life. It’s also the first experience many children have with savage familial honesty. Of course, when you’re an adult, these experiences are less eye-opening and more painful, and the only way to get through them is find the humor, which is the crux of Nicky Silver’s play The Lyons. This dark comedy about an aging man in a hospital surrounded by his children for his final days was called “deliciously dark and hilarious” when it premiered on Broadway. Uptown Players present the regional premiere of the play under the direction of Bruce R. Coleman. See it open at the Kalita Humphries Theatre, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., at 8 p.m. Friday, or in another iteration through May 18. Tickets are $25 to $40 and available at uptownplayers.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through May 18, 2014