Art Sanctuary at the Alley Theater
1205 E. Washington St. • 713-6178
$12-$18; 8 p.m.
That’s something you don’t hear about every day — women in prison. Now, I have to admit, I’ve never actually been to prison, but I’m assuming the women’s isn’t any cozier than the men’s, despite all of that “Camp Cupcake” nonsense we heard about a few years ago. Alley Theater’s latest production, “Women Behind Bars,” will likely answer any questions about the conditions of these, um, facilities, and what really goes down — or at least what they were like in the 1950s. Tom Eyen’s script illustrates the sometimes humorous but mostly shocking goings-on in women’s prisons — where inmates are not only dominated by men in the most extreme ways, but tormented by one another, too. Director Kathi E.B. Ellis seeks to raise awareness about the persisting issues presented in the play. —Jane Mattingly