Long before Gossip Girl told her first secret, the young ladies of Salem ignited a series of events that would make even Blair Waldorf raise a perfectly arched eyebrow. In Puritan New England, a group of girls -- bored senseless, desperate for some amount of fun -- enter into a pact that will lead to vicious fear-mongering and the unraveling of a community. The story of the Salem witch trials comes to life in Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, presented by Metro Theater Company. This engrossing play shows the havoc wreaked by a society that suppresses young voices.
10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Thu. & Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. (Mar. 6-22). Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-932-7414 or www.metrotheatercompany.org). $10 to $18.
Sundays, 2 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Starts: March 6. Continues through March 22, 2015