Theatre season is in full swing

Las Cruces is home to several theatres and they all have exciting productions running this month. Enjoy an evening out and support your local theatre programs.

Black Box Theatre: The Birthday Party
No Strings Theatre Company presents Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, directed by Karen Caroe. The play was written in 1957 and has become one of Pinter’s most produced plays of all time. This “comedy of menace” transcends traditional theatre by taking a familiar setting — in this case an English home — and turning it into an unsettling place of lies, deceit and chaos. It is both menacing and intriguing.

The Birthday Party opens Friday, March 4, and runs through Sunday, March 20. Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Sunday matinees on March 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m. and a Thursday performance on March 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for regular admission and $10 for students and seniors over 65. All seats on Thursdays are $8. Reservations: 523-1223.

Las Cruces Community Theatre: I, Custer
Las Cruces Community Theatre presents a one-person play I, Custer starring Marissa Bond and directed by Mark Medoff as a production of a student work. I, Custer, was written by Neal Adelman, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and now lives in Las Cruces. His one-act play Tarrant County was a 2014 Kennedy Center for the Arts College Theatre Festival John Cauble Outstanding Short Play National Finalist and his full length play Pontiacs was the 2015 recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Arts College Theatre Festival Mark Twain Award. The play runs March 4 – 20 on Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $11 students/seniors/military, $10 for groups of ten or more, and $10 for children six and under. Reservations: or 523-1200.

ASTC: In the Time of the Butterflies
In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the Mirabel sisters who stood up to the ruthless government of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic of the 1960s. In the Time of the Butterflies runs through March 13. Tickets are $10 – 17 and are available at the Center for the Arts Box office Monday through Friday between the hours of 12 – 4 p.m. or by calling 646-4515 or 646-1420. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Black Box: Play reading of The Tubes
As part of the new play reading series, No Strings Theatre Company presents a reading of The Tubes by Sam Damon directed by Rorie Measure. It stars Karen Buerdsel, Mike Cook, Autumn Gieb, McKensie Karnes, Kali Renard, Bobby Senecal, Ilene Steele, and Danny Wade. The reading will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7, at the Black Box Theatre. Admission is $5. Reservations: 523-1223.

Art in thetheatregallery
Abby Osborne’s art will be on display this month in thetheatregallery at the Black Box Theatre. She uses several mediums, including painting, drawing, and fiber art. The gallery is open one hour before shows and by appointment.