Sometimes, the closest we get to courtroom drama is wondering whether we'll be selected for a jury -- and then seated next to a guy who smells like Funyuns and willfully misunderstands the concept of "personal space." That's not a real drama. It's a minor inconvenience, and it has nothing on the story that unfolds in Nuts
. Tom Topor's play fearlessly takes on issues of sex work, crime, mental health and legal fairness. Pricey call-girl Claudia Faith Draper faces trial for murdering a violent john. The state wants to prove that she's mentally unfit to stand trial, but a series of testimonies help Claudia convince the judge that she is legally sane. The St. Louis Actors' Studio opens its new season with Nuts
at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (October 7 through 23) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; 314-458-2968 or www.stlas.org
). Tickets are $20 to $25.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 23, 2011