Eben got more than his looks and his farm from his father, Ephraim. When the old man took off, Eben used some money "borrowed" from dad to buy out the shares of his half-brothers, Peter and Simeon. Then Ephraim returns, and he's not alone: He has a new wife, Abbie, and she's barely a third his age. Peter and Simeon wisely leave the farm when their stepmother shows up, but Eben stays to get to know her. He knows her pretty well before too long — she's expecting. Ephraim struts around with this knowledge, cock of the walk, but he's not the father. Eben is now son of Ephraim and father of Ephraim's child, if you're keeping score at home, and he's his stepbrother's daddy. This can't end well for anyone. In Eugene O'Neill's drama Desire Under the Elms, more tragedy is always lurking. Muddy Waters Theatre presents Desire Under the Elms at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 12 through 28) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-799-8399 or www.muddywaterstheatre.com). Tickets are $20 to $25.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: March 12. Continues through March 28, 2010