Cirque spectaculars and occasional Broadway transplants are fine for tourists, but there are plenty of offbeat theater choices to be found beyond the Strip.
After a run Off-Broadway in New York, Showgirls the Musical comes home to Sin City, where actual showgirls can join its cast. Nomi Malone’s climb from stripper to Strip star is related through plenty of pelvic thrusts and jazz hands, as well as tunes such as “Don’t Lick That Pole, Girl!” and “Let Me See Those Tits.” 953 E. Sahara Ave. Suite 16B, Sept. 10-12, 17-20, 24-26; Oct. 1-3, OnyxTheatre.com.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre with Kamasi Washington and Marcus L. Miller
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre fuses ballet, modern and African dance into provocative pieces. A pair of live jazz bands will join the company to present pieces such as “Beautiful Venus and Serena,” which finds the ballet in a backhand. Reynolds Hall, Sept. 16, TheSmithCenter.com.
The Book of Mormon
Two young missionaries journey to Uganda in this wildly popular and gleefully profane musical satire from the creators of South Park and, inexplicably, one of the songwriters of Frozen. Through song, dance, and cameo appearances by Jesus and Darth Vader, this musical mocks everyone’s beliefs—while acknowledging that holding those beliefs is often necessary. Reynolds Hall, Sept 22-27, 29-30; Oct. 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, TheSmithCenter.com.
A Summons From the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place
A Public Fit Theater Company earned praise and awards last year for its first full production, Foxfinder. It returns with an original work based on Fritz Lang’s classic German Expressionist film, M, which follows a child murderer and the parallel efforts of the police and other criminals to stop him. 100 S. Maryland Pkwy., Oct. 15-18, 22-25, 29-31; Nov. 1, APublicFit.org.
Miss Margarida’s Way
In this interactive theatrical experience from Table 8 Productions, the audience assumes the position of eighth graders on their first day in the tyrannical Miss Margarida’s class. This 1971 black comedy was censored in author Roberto Athayde’s native Brazil, but remains relevant today as a critique of how educational systems can enforce conformity. Troesh Studio Theatre, The Smith Center, Oct. 22-25, Table8LV.com.
The most recent play by Harvey Fierstein is based on an actual resort in upstate New York that catered to heterosexual cross-dressers in the ’60s and ’70s. Casa Valentina has its whimsical makeover moments, as well as a more serious consideration of how gender defines—or does not define—our sexuality. 3920 Schiff Dr., Oct. 23-25, 29-31; Nov. 1, 5-8, LVLT.org.
George Brant’s harrowing one-woman play tells the story of an Air Force pilot who, after taking maternity leave, becomes a drone operator. At first, firing missiles in Afghanistan from a trailer outside of Las Vegas seems easier than leaving her family, but it gradually takes a psychological toll. Art Square, 1025 First St., Nov. 19-22 and Dec. 3, 5-6, 10-13, CockroachTheatre.com.