Alex, Fanny and Mary are as well traveled and accomplished as Victorian England allows. When they wield parasols and machetes to hack their way through a mysterious mid-Pacific land, it’s not just square miles they uncover.

Various artifacts — egg beaters, campaign buttons, newspaper clippings — make apparent they are “dancing through the wilderness of time.” A series of encounters with odd characters and their running dialogue reveal an inner journey underway to boot.

The comedic “On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning” by heralded screenwriter Eric Overmyer is rife with agile wordplay. It’s also a surrealistic tromp across human expectation.

Cozy Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) makes the most of a small room and cast. Heather Delker is Mary, Ashley Campbell plays Fanny, Meghan Morris is Alexandra and Michael Lee fills the eight remaining roles.

The play runs May 5-21. Friday and Saturday curtain is 8 p.m., Sunday matinee is 2:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $18, $12 for students. Call 251-928-4366 for reservations. For more information, go to theatre98.org.


Family-friendly classic onstage in Chickasaw

When Professor Henry Hill, a con man posing as a music teacher — hits sleepy River City, Iowa, he sees the hamlet as a wooly flock awaiting his shears. Right on cue, romance and decency arise to crimp his plans.

When “The Music Man” playwright Meredith Wilson premiered his 1957 musical paean to small-town values, it became a Broadway smash before hopping “the pond” in 1961 to do the same in London’s West End. A 1962 big-screen version earned accolades for Robert Preston and Shirley Jones as its central couple.

Chickasaw Civic Theatre (801 Iroquois St.) closes its 53rd season when this classic runs May 5-21.
Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $15.75, $12.45 for students/military/seniors. For more information, call 251-458-8887, email theatre@cctshows.com or go to cctshows.com.


Troupe takes it off in nod to Fisher

Camellia Bay Burlesque continues their series of homages to departed celebrities when they stage their first-ever “nerd-lesque” nod to Carrie Fisher with “Star Wars: The Tease Awakens.”

The review is backed by local comic con MobiCon (which gets underway on Memorial Day weekend) and the Gift Spot.
The show at The Merry Widow (51 S. Conception St.) gets underway May 12 at 10 p.m. Special guests are New Orleans’ Xena Zeit-Geist and Tampa’s Vita Devoid.

Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door. There will be a costume contest and prize raffle.

For more information, go to the troupe’s Facebook page.