, Gorey Stories
For its Halloween show, Jobsite Theater is bringing back Gorey Stories, a compilation of stories, poems and limericks by Edward Gorey (The Curious Sofa, The Gashlycrumb Tinies). Directed by David Jenkins, the cast of six is supported by a three-piece band. New material includes songs from The Gorey End, an album by the Tiger Lillies with the Kronos Quartet. The show opens Friday and runs through Nov. 18 at the Shimberg Playhouse of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. $28. Rush tickets for students, seniors and military are $10 a half-hour before curtain. Tonight's preview is $10. For more information: (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.
m The Screwtape Letters
Max McLean plays His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, the devil's psychiatrist, in the U.S. tour of the stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis' Christian classic, The Screwtape Letters, which has three performances this weekend at Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. "One doesn't have to be a Christian to benefit from or enjoy The Screwtape Letters," the New York Times review said. "Whatever a person's faith may be, human failings and foibles are pretty much the same the world over." Shows are 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $39-$59. (813) 229-7827; screwtapeonstage.com.
. Little Tunes
Tampa actor Ned Averill-Snell is tuning up his one-man play, Little Tunes, for a performance at the United Solo Festival in New York. He'll perform his memoir ("sweet, funny and sometimes sung") of growing up in an eccentric '70s family in Massachusetts at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Studio Theater at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City; and at 7 p.m. Monday at Studio@620, St. Petersburg. $10, $15. Averill-Snell gives his Big Apple performance on Wednesday. For more information: littletunes.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic