Stories about writers aren’t always fun -- the pitfalls include conceited, oblivious, and incestuous points of view. But tales about stage folk are often entertaining, because those people are nuts. The current Herberger Lunch Time show, Life in the Theatre, comprises three tiny plays presented by Theatre Artists Studio. John J. Wooten’s “The Role of Della,” about a botched audition, is one of the most-produced one-acts ever. Two shorts by Studio members, “How to Quit Writing (for the Theater),” set at an unusual workshop, and “Presbyopia,” examining the challenges faced by an aging and perhaps delusional actress, round out the program.

Snag yourself a $6 seat for the 12:10 p.m. performance Tuesday, May 27, at 602-254-7399 or, where you can also learn about ordering an optional catered meal. The production closes Thursday, May 29, in the Kax Stage on the Van Buren Street side of 222 East Monroe Street.

Tue., May 20, 12:10 p.m.; Wed., May 21, 12:10 p.m.; Thu., May 22, 12:10 p.m.; Tue., May 27, 12:10 p.m.; Wed., May 28, 12:10 p.m.; Thu., May 29, 12:10 p.m., 2014
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson