Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 20 2015

What do people talk about after the end of the world? In the case of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, the same thing they did when society still existed: The Simpsons. Everything has been destroyed, and in the ruins of civilization, a group of survivors huddle around a fire and talk about the same episode of the show — "Cape Feare," guest-starring Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob. The story is the only one they all know, and so they tell it over and over, eventually deciding to re-create it as a sort of ritual performance to give their lives meaning. R-S Theatrics opens its new season with this bleak and thoughtful comedy about the the power of stories. Mr. Burns is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday (September 4 to 20) at the Ivory Theatre (7620 Michigan Avenue; 314-252-8812 or Tickets are $20 to $25.

Paul Friswold

Price: $20-$25