When: Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 21 2016
Poor Frank is a failed poet who's drinking himself into a stupor while teaching desultory classes at his local university. What could save him from himself at this point? But the question proves to be not "what," but "who" — Rita. She's a young hairdresser who dreams of bettering herself to escape her working-class life, so enrolls as one of Frank's students. Rita's lively attitude and desire to learn shakes Frank out of his rut and makes him see the world anew, but the longer they're together, the more she begins to adopt some of the pretensions of academia. Willy Russell's comedy Educating Rita is about starting over and re-engaging with life. West End Player's Guild presents the play at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (February 12 to 21) at Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; 314-367-5686 or www.westendplayers.org). Tickets are $20.