Ongoing through August 24

King Lear is one of William Shakespeare's most ambitious tragedies: A mad king loses everything, including himself and his faith in God. Pretty rad. No stranger to mad ambitions, The Alternative Arts Collective has dared to mess with greatness, allowing director David Blue Garrison to update the play's iconic dialogue and replace old-man Lear with a female queen. The updated Lear premiers Thursday, August 8, for a three-week run. “Crack nature's molds, all germens spill at once / That make ingrateful [wo]man!” $15, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; The Alternative Arts Collective at Blue Box Theater, 1700 Del Paso Boulevard; (916) 538-8013; www.taactheatre.com.

[Editor’s note: In the print version of this story, SN&R stated this play was David Garrison’s directorial debut. Garrison has directed more than 40 productions. SN&R regrets the error.]