Citizens of the Universe is playing at Chop Shop (399 E. 35th St.) next week.
Whedon and his TV writer brothers Zack and Jed and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse") wrote the Emmy winning series of webisodes during the 2007-2008 Writer's Guild of America strike. It ushered "How I Met Your Mother" star Harris into the Whedon family (and to die-hard fans it is a family and we'll follow the actors most anywhere). It gave Fillion (star of Whedon's "Firefly") and actress Felicia Day (who appeared in the last season of Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,") a chance to sing. It was an unlikely hit - a musical tragicomedy about an over-the-top comic book-style villain in love.
Performances are Sunday, February 5 through Wednesday February 8 at 8 p.m. and February 10 and 11 at 6 p.m. There are also midnight showings - one at Petra's Piano Bar in Plaza-Midwood on Friday the 10th (corrected) and another at Chop Shop Saturday, the 11th. Call 704-615-4651. Admission, via tax deductible donation to the non-profit theater group, is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
When I first saw it listed on the Chop Shop's website I thought the venue was giving sci-fi geeks like myself who don't follow football an alternative to Super Bowl Sunday. That's not the case actually. Chop Shop is also having a free, dog-friendly Super Bowl party that includes drink specials, food on the grill, and game viewing.