When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 11 2018
Witches are a hot topic around Halloween, but it's not like the old days. Back in the sixteenth century, the original old-time religion could get a woman killed, even if she wasn't a practitioner. If women lived alone, or knew about the medicinal properties of herbs and flowers, or had a cat, they could be accused of witchcraft. Today women aren't prosecuted for any of those things — although modern advertising makes sure they're still tortured for being different or failing to adhere to modern beauty standards. Theatre Nuevo marries these two forms of woman-hating in its newly devised play, whither should i fly. Inspired equally by the sixteenth-century witchcraft that appears in the Faust legend and the military-grade beauty-industrial complex, the play explores the way society keeps creating new ways to control women. whither should i fly is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (October 25 to November 11) at the Centene Center for Arts & Education (3547 Olive Street; www.theatrenuevo.com). Tickets are $15.