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You probably know just enough about Tennessee Williams to get you through the average game of Trivial Pursuit. Remember him as the force behind A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, and you should be golden, right? But if you’re interested in learning a bit more about one of the greatest American playwrights, check out Five by Tenn (+ One), a performance of six Williams one-acts. Beginning tonight in Studio 116 at the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center (4949 Cherry), MFA students and professors will stage six different stories of human conflict and exploration, including The Long Goodbye, This Property Is Condemned — later a film starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood — and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased by calling 816-235-6222. For more information, see umkc.edu/theatre.

Sat., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., 2008