Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
This dark, quirky comedy by Canadian playwright Morris Panych is set in coastal British Columbia, during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The story involves a dysfunctional marriage, a tipsy boarder and a mysterious stranger—all interpreted through the viewpoint of a precocious 11-year-old girl (played by a grown-up actress in pigtails). The staging and execution in this likeable community production by Main Street Theatre Works isn’t quite as slick as the Panych comedies that were professionally produced at the B Street Theatre a few years back—but if you liked those shows (Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman, Earshot), you’ll probably enjoy this one, too. And the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is a marvelous place to see a show.
Main Street Theatre Works, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, $12-$16. Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, 1105 North Main Street in Jackson; (209) 267-5680; www.mtsw.org. Through September 6.