THIS WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Feb. 12

The winter season is definitely in full swing. New this weekend: “4000 Miles” at Aurora Theatre, “Detroit ’67” at True Colors, “Silent Sky” at Theatrical Outfit and “StinkyKids the Musical” at Synchronicity Theatre. At the Alliance this year’s Kendeda winner, “The C.A. Lyons Project,” begins previews and “Tuck Everlasting” continues its world premiere run.

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'I want to make people laugh'

As she does in “In Love and Warcraft,” playwright Madhuri Shekar writes about couplings. Love stories. Dysfunctional love stories. People who are figuring out how to make their relationships work. Performances begin Jan. 31 at the Alliance Theatre.

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Playing politics

In 2007, a magazine named playwright Kenneth Lin one of “50 to Watch.” So far, he hasn’t disappointed. This month the 2006 Kendeda competition winner returns to the Alliance Theatre with his latest play.

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