Sacramento writer Richard Broadhurst’s new play opens rather like an oddball comedy, with a kooky, disheveled gardener meeting a cool (but stressed) middle-aged real-estate broker in a graveyard. But Broadhurst’s plays always turn serious (we like that about him!)—the factors include alcohol, abandonment and abuse, prison culture (and the duty to honor promises made on the inside) and the regrets that follow fateful choices. Things get pretty gritty and intense, but Broadhurst also has his eye on second chances and the possibility of forgiveness. Good performances from Robert Sicular (fresh off a four-year stint in Ashland, Ore.) and local professional Kelley Weir.
Sacramento Theatre Company, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $15-$44. 1419 H Street, (916) 446-7501, www.sactheatre.org. Through March 16.