When: Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 5 & 8 p.m. Continues through April 25 2009
Berwyn's 16th Street Theater inaugurated the Words in Motion Festival last summer with stagings of original works by three women—a monologuist, a poet, and a novelist. This time around the schedule features "true-life tales" by four more: two actresses and a mother-daughter comedy team. Tekki Lomnicki performs Blurred Vision (4/2-4/11), a revealing and hilarious solo about how eye troubles led her to take a look back at her early life as a child with a disability—she's a dwarf—and confront her hypochondria. Martie Sanders shares the stage with her parents, Charlie, an amateur tap dancer and former school administrator, and Carolyn, who can, her daughter says, "create a memory out of any occasion or object," in The Me, Mom & Dad Show! (4/16-4/25), her sweetly nostalgic autobiographical piece about growing up in Detroit during the racial unrest of the early 1970s. The final entry, Mixing It Up (in repertory with The Me, Mom & Dad Show, also 4/16-4/25, check theater Web site for details) by Marilyn Campbell and her daughter Maria Merrin, examines "race, feminism, and hair."