The proverbial good old boys club is a pain in the ass, stymieing ladies in endeavors both personal and professional for eons now. It’s a place where slaps on the back are currency, and tradition is nine-tenths of the law. As a society, we’d like to think we’re past its rule, but it’s still there, sending up impenetrable walls of cigar smoke. Nell Benjamin’s comedy The Explorers Club
jabs at the enduring traditions of exclusion; the play follows the madcap adventures of a tightly knit group of men who meet in late-1800s London to recap their worldly travels. When a woman petitions the group for entry, she throws it off balance, causing the selective swashbucklers to harangue, and perhaps even try to impress her. WaterTower Theater pulls off the gags and goofs during the play’s run at the Addison Conference Center (15650 Addison Road). Opening night is 7:30 p.m. Monday; after that, you can catch it Wednesdays through Saturdays until February 8. See watertowertheatre.org
for show times. Tickets are available online or at the box office for $20 to $40.
Mon., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 19. Continues through Feb. 8, 2015