Alliance Lab’s Off Center of Nowhere, now playing at the Main Street Playhouse, can best be described as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner meets All in the Family with a splash of the film Crash. It’s funny, poignant, and at one point, deadly serious. But that kind of emotional roller-coaster ride is to be expected from one of South Florida’s rising stars, New World School of the Arts grad, and 2012 Carbonell nominee for Best New Work (Brothers Beckett), Alliance Lab resident playwright David Sirois. Off Center tells the tale of Jackie, a 17-year-old Brooklyn high school student with a big secret. She is eventually forced to confess her secret to her parents, but once the proverbial cat is out of the bag, the proverbial shit hits the fan. Jackie’s confession unleashes a domino effect that threatens her family, while their moral codes and beliefs are stretched to the limit. It’s a play that deals with race, religion, abortion, and family bonds, and it’ll have you laughing, crying, and perhaps most of all, thinking.
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 7, 5 p.m.; Sun., April 8, 2 p.m. Starts: April 5. Continues through April 8, 2012