It is the staple of the chick-flick: Three sisters come together over a meal in the aftermath of their mothers death. In Paul Zindels And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little however, the Reardon sisters are pulling each other apart over that meal. Catherine is the drinking Reardon; shes an assistant principal for the same school district in which her sister Anna formerly taught science. Annas career has been in jeopardy ever since she had inappropriate contact with a male student. Sister Ceil works as a district administrator, and shes come to dinner with a plan: Convince Catherine to help her have Anna committed to an institution for her own good. That could be difficult, as Ceils husband is Catherines former beau a slight not easily forgotten. Long-held resentment? Personal betrayals? Intrusive neighbors? The looming shadow of a domineering mother? This isnt a family intervention its internecine war, served with a meal. Stray Dog Theatre presents And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (November 1 through 16) and only at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; 314-865-1995 or www.straydogtheatre.org). Tickets are $15 to $18.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Nov. 17, 2007