Stage previews

A comedy at Off the Wall; a docudrama at Union Project

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You may know Sarah Treem's work as a writer/producer on the HBO drama "In Treatment." That show earned her a Writers Guild of America award and a continued relationship with the cable network, where she is working on new projects including the comedy "How To Make It in America" and a romantic-comedy screenplay for Miramax.

Now you can know her as a playwright.

Ms. Treem's comedy "A Feminine Ending," which comes to Off the Wall Productions in this season honoring female playwrights, premiered in 2007 at New York's Playwrights Horizons, with Pittsburgher Gillian Jacobs (NBC's "Community) playing Amanda, a composer trying to be heard in a profession dominated by men.

Erika Cuenca stars for Off the Wall and director Matt Morrow with a cast including Ingrid Sonnichsen, Weston Blakesley, Shaun Hall and Andrew Wind. Scenic designer Tony Ferrieri's first set for Off the Wall features 64 doors "designed to punctuate Amanda's overwhelming career struggles," says Hans Gruenert, the company's general manager.

As Amanda says in the play, "Those doors don't open very far at all, and besides that, they're the wrong doors, and besides that, I didn't even know what doors I should be looking for."

Those doors seem closed to Amanda, who lives in New York City and writes advertising jingles to support herself and fiance Jack, who appears to be on the verge of becoming a pop star. Her parents are getting divorced, her first love reappears, and real life is getting in the way of her music, until ... cue the title.

"A Feminine Ending" opens Friday at Off the Wall Theater, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie, and runs 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 15. Tickets: $5-$35 at www.showclix.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS; more at insideoffthewall.com.

New Horizon's 'Do Lord Remember Me'

To celebrate Black History Month, New Horizon Theater xraises its voice in "Do Lord Remember Me" by James de Jongh, directed by Eileen J. Morris. This docudrama -- a collage of song, movement and storytelling -- was drawn from recorded interviews of ex-slaves as a part of the 1930s Federal Writer's Project.

"Do Lord Remember Me" is at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave. at Stanton Avenue, Highland Park, through Sunday at 7:30 tonight through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 (discounts are available for students with ID and seniors); email newhorizontheater@yahoo.com or call 412-431-0773.


Sharon Eberson: seberson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1960. Twitter: SEberson_pg.

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