Most playgoers know Doubt, John Patrick Shanley's brilliant play on the crisis of the Catholic church, and his screenplay for Moonstruck won an Oscar. But the rest of the Bronx-born playwright's work is not so well known, which makes this weekend's production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea welcome.
The 1984 play is about a pair of down-and-out New Yorkers who hook up in a bar. Curtis Belz plays a trucker and Dahlia Legault a single mother in a staging directed by Chris Rutherford, with choreography by Shana Perkins keyed to the play's subtitle, "An Apache Dance.'' Performances are at 8 p.m. today, 11 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Studio@620, St. Petersburg. $10, $15.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Belz performs Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop by Danny Hoch at the studio. It's a solo show in which he portrays characters like an inmate busted for selling Bart and O.J. Simpson T-shirts. Pay what you can. (727) 895-6620; studio620.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic