The brand-new Journeyman Theatre Company is attempting something that sounds impossible: Harry Green’s adaptation of Trainspotting. Irvine Welsh’s heroin epic was a book before it was a play, and it was a play before it was director Danny Boyle’s searing film. Though the stage play is more of an ensemble piece than the movie, Journeyman’s fliers so successfully ape the film’s stylish poster — familiar from dorm rooms where undergraduates find junkiedom romantic — that it’s possible to imagine that the Journeyman people might somehow re-create the cinematic experience. How will they handle the toilet dive? the baby that crawls across the ceiling? the drugged-out leanness? those Edinburgh accents? Can they simply make us forget, for two hours, the stylish, harrowing film? Your first hit will run you $15; the show starts at 8 tonight at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 1824 Walnut. Call 816-863-4101 for more information.
Fri., Sept. 7, 8 p.m.