The latest in Live Girls! raucous theater series dishes up six short new plays by up-and-coming women writers. Bounding gleefully from ethereal suburban creepiness to sweet and goofy love, from unsettling memories to hilarious parody, these riveting and imaginative tales pack a full-course meal into a flavor-packed sampler of strong contemporary work. An expecting couple settles into the perfect neighborhood, only to discover the terrible dark price they must pay the local Elder God in Lisa Romeros Yog Sothoth. In Your Roaring Blood, Catherine Trieschmann tells a tender story of a precocious backwoods girl, shipped off to an arranged marriage, who teases a boy at the train station with kisses and her sweet tales. Two sisters share a brief moment from their busy schedules, but a half-revealed memory spins their comfortable lives into breathless uncertainty, in Allison Moores A Little Test. Finally, Kristina Sutherlands Hardy Boys solve the mystery of a stolen Egyptian statue, escaping danger with wits, dumb luck and their fat friend. Host Shermona Mitchell reanimates the stage between each piece with quizzes, contests, and the alternate talents of the cast and crew. NEIL CORCORAN 8 p.m. Fri., 4 & 8 p.m. Sat. (Industry night, pay-what-you-can, is Mon., May 19.) Ends May 24.
Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Mon., May 19, 8 p.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through May 24, 2008