‘A Funny Thing Happened…’ Continues at City Theatre; South Park Running ‘Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play’ (Thurs., 10/5/17)

Karla (Jenny Putney) is astonished by Don (Tim McGeever) as Marcie (Helena Ruoti) and Geena (Kendra McLaughlin) recuperate. photo: Kristi Jan Hoover.

Karla (Jenni Putney) is astonished by Don (Tim McGeever) as Marcie (Helena Ruoti, l.) and Geena (Kendra McLaughlin) recuperate. photo: Kristi Jan Hoover.

1) In A Funny Thing … , struggling stand-up comedian Karla and super-nerd Don fall in love at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. However, they are not the patients. Those are their respective mothers, who share a hospital room in this heartfelt and hilarious play written by Halley Feiffer. Feiffer’s other works include I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard and Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. She’s also acted on screen and on- and off-Broadway. Her live-acting work includes the 2011 production of The House of Blue Leaves, in which she appeared alongside Ben Stiller, Edie Falco, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. A Funny Thing … premiered off-Broadway at MCC Theater in 2016. It makes its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles this fall. Pittsburghers need only travel to the City Theatre. 8 p.m. Performances through October 15. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. (CM)

2) South Park Theatre is staging a play that imagines how the works of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the 20th century’s most respected and innovative directors, would be done as a live radio drama. Hitchcock’s use of certain shots to build suspense could be substituted possibly by sound effects, dramatic pauses, and other devices of radio theater. A radio play can be very exciting; just think of Orson Welles and company performing the H.G. Wells work War of the Worlds in 1938. It sent many in the nation into a panic despite some disclaimers during the broadcast that it was fictional. Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play adapts scenes from the early Hitchcock thrillers The Lodger, Sabotage, and The 39 Steps. The five-actor cast  will even recreate vintage commercials. 7:30 p.m. Continues through October 7. South Park Theatre, Brownsville Rd. and Corrigan Dr., South Park Township.