Playwright Paula Vogel and the Unicorn Theatre have kept close quarters for a while. The theater's past productions of the riveting The Baltimore Waltz and the troubling How I Learned to Drive hint that Vogel is its reliable go-to gal.So is Cheryl Weaver, who stars in The Mineola Twins, opening this week. "It's fantastical and absurd," Weaver says. "And there's an outrageous quality to these characters not in my regular repertoire. Everything I've learned [about acting] is being thrown into a bowl of soup."
Weaver embodies -- sometimes in the same scene -- twin sisters who, she says, "have moral and social makeups that are at polar opposites -- and sexually as well." Shown over three decades, Myra grows up to be the director of a Planned Parenthood office. Her dark mirror image, Myrna, morphs into a Rush Limbaugh-like radio talk-show host who harps about family values. For tickets and show times, call 816-531-7529.-- Steve Walker
You knew it was coming, but you didn't think it would be here so soon: the last day to chow down at Murray's Cookies and Ice Cream before the shop closes until spring, leaving unprepared ice cream addicts to confront the dreaded Gone Fishin' sign on the door.Does it strike you as desperate when grown adults hoard dessert? Shut up. Go to Murray's (4120 Pennsylvania) for discount take-out ice cream all day Sunday, before it's too late. For information, call 816-931-5646.-- Gina Kaufmann
A Bratwurst Christmas
What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a steaming bratwurst and a German beer? Such are the pleasures of Kristkindlr Markt, the annual German Christmas market and food festival. The market has paid tribute to the idea of a Deutsches Weihnachten for the past eleven years, with imported gift items, specialty fare -- brats, beer, sauerkraut -- served in a heated tent, all of it spiked with entertainers and the appearance of Father Christmas. The party goes Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Country Club Congregational Church, 205 West 65th Street. For details, call 816-523-4813.-- Charles Ferruzza