This week's best bets: Oct. 30

Get your culture on! Our recommendations include the August Wilson bio at True Colors, Out of Hand’s cwazy wabbit show, Theatrical Outfit’s “My Children! My Africa!” and, “beginning” Wednesday, the highly anticipated “Murder Ballad” at Actor’s Express.

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This week's best bets: Oct. 23

This weekend’s your last chance for Aurora’s “Clybourne Park” and “The Doctor, the Devil & My Dad” at 7 Stages and your first look at the Alliance’s “Steel Magnolias.” Don’t-misses include “How I Learned What I Learned” at True Colors and Theatrical Outfit’s “My Children! My Africa”

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Letting her hair down

Ultimately, director Judith Ivey sees “Steel Magnolias” as a love story honoring the strength women gain from their friendships with other women. She also likes the play’s emphasis on women accepting one another warts and all.

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