The Spokane Civic Theatre’s studio theater is an ideal spot for audiences to witness the paranoia and psychological breakdowns in playwright Tracy Letts’ Bug. The confined space that provides the set for the Oklahoma City hotel room where the vast majority of the play takes place means that audiences will surely share the dread experienced by Agnes and Peter, two lost souls trying to escape troubled pasts. Hers involves an abusive ex, his the experience of warfare, and the hidden bug infestation in their temporary digs drive the characters to extremes. It’s a startling play, one definitely rated R, and the Civic’s production offers a great opportunity to see the brilliant Letts’ work come to vivid life.
Sept. 21-Oct. 14; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $27 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • spokanecivictheatre.com • 325-2507
— Dan Nailen