In Texan suburbs, relationships between neighbors are like Tim Allen and Wilson on Home Improvement. We build fences so that no one can just “pop in,” making backyard barbecues overblown, usually awkward affairs. And when the newlywed couple from down the block begins to discuss their cat’s bowel movements, you might find yourself wishing for the world’s end. However unlikely an inbound apocalypse, it’s the basis for Matt Lyle’s new play, Barbecue Apocalypse, which opens at Kitchen Dog Theater (3120 McKinney Ave.) at 8 p.m. Friday. It headlines the company’s New Works Festival, which takes place through June 21 and features six staged readings of brand new plays and Pup Fest, the high school playwriting workshop. Tickets for Barbecue start at $15 and all the readings are donation-based. For the full schedule and more information, visit kitchendogtheater.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 2 p.m.; Wed., June 4, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 15, 2 p.m.; Thu., June 19, 8 p.m. Starts: May 23. Continues through June 19, 2014