The Unicorn Theatre (3828 Main), 36 years in, still has the air of the frisky upstart, that theater that dares to take on the new, the challenging, the political — and brings its subscriber base along with it. My First Time, the celebratory premiere show of the new season, doesn’t look to break new ground; it does promise to revel in ground that most of us have plowed: the loss of virginity, explored here in dozens of true stories submitted by regular people. Expect tenderness, silliness, awkwardness and variety from people of all walks of life — in short, a richer experience than most of our individual first times. Artistic Director Cynthia Levin directs a strong local cast featuring Cheryl Weaver, Scott Cordes, Keenan Manuel Ramos and Lauretta Pope. Word is, they’ll be hitting audiences up for their own first-time stories, so come prepped with the least embarrassing version. For tickets, call 816-531-7529 or see unicorntheatre.org.
Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 26, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 27, 3 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 3, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 4, 3 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 11, 3 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 16, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 18, 3 p.m., 2009