What’s it supposed to be?

Don’t touch that sculpture! Who knows where it’s been?

Don’t touch that sculpture! Who knows where it’s been?

Wilkerson Theatre (formerly The California Stage)

1723 25th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 451-5822

Rated 3.0

It’s a sendup of the art world—at least the pretentious part of it—in Tina Howe’s Museum at the Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento. A large-cast play (fortunately, except for the curtain call, they’re not all onstage at once) turns the Wilkerson Theatre into a first-rate museum, where three contemporary artists are having their works displayed. We see a number of interesting “types”: French tourists; snobbish art groupies; sketching wannabe-artists and photographers; a trio of giggling everywomen who find contemporary art absurd; and a security guard who’s very concerned about losing pieces of the art, since the show is closing. The work is solid, but not stellar, with a few exceptions. Melissa Melancon steals the show in a juicy role as Tink, a woman who went out gathering dead things in the forest with the sculptor and with some great—if neurotic—gossip in a powerful monologue.

Museum, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday; $13-$15. The Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento at the Wilkerson Theatre, 1723 25th Street; (916) 501-6104; www.actinsac.com. Through September 5.