Ann and Carl are siblings who embark on a tour of Europe together. Their objective isn't entirely focused on taking in beautiful architecture, museums and cathedrals, though; Ann's itinerary involves men — lots of them. She's contracted a terminal disease called ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, and wants to spend her remaining time enjoying as much bedroom sightseeing as she can, her ATD being noncommunicable via sexual contact. Don't be put off by this seeming flippancy concerning grave matters: In The Baltimore Waltz, playwright Paula Vogel casts ATD as an allegory for AIDS, and she uses farce and a fictional malady as a means of coping with the suffering and tragedy inherent in a very real disease (one that claimed her brother in real life). Muddy Waters Theatre stages its production of The Baltimore Waltz at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 4 through 20) 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 4. Continues through March 20, 2011