Sarah Ruhl is the playwright of the moment. Her newest play, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year, and it has been nominated for three Tony Awards, including best play. The Clean House, her 2005 play, was also a Pulitzer finalist. Ruhl won a 2006 MacArthur "genius'' award that cited her for "creating vivid and adventurous theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war."
Now Stageworks is performing Ruhl's 2003 play on Greek mythology, Eurydice, which tells the story of Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice, who is lost in Hades. Orpheus can lead Eurydice back to Earth if only he doesn't turn and look at her. Anna Brennen and Karla Hartley co-direct the Stageworks production, which features Dahlia Legault as Eurydice and Dayton Sinkia as Orpheus. It opens Friday and runs through May 30 at the Shimberg Playhouse of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $24; $10 for preview tonight and for students 30 minutes before curtain. (813) 229-7827; tbpac.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic