‘Wild With Happy’ Previewing at City Theatre; Pens vs. Blue Jackets in Playoff Action (Wed., 4/12/17)

A scene from City Theatre's 'Wild with Happy' with Corey Jones as Gil, Jason Shavers as Terry, Monteze, and Freeland as Mo. photos: Kristi Jan Hoover

A scene from City Theatre’s ‘Wild With Happy’ with Corey Jones as Gil, Jason Shavers as Terry, Monteze, and Freeland as Mo. photo: Kristi Jan Hoover

1) Wild With Happy sounds like a title in which the words don’t quite go together but that’s okay, because the play—by actor/playwright Colman Domingo—is a dark comedy about a middle-aged guy with a life that’s like a drawer full of socks that don’t match. The central character, Gil, has pretty much flubbed his career as an actor while losing his boyfriend as well. When his mother dies, he fails to give her a proper burial—but does take a shine to the sexy funeral-home director—and winds up cremating mum and carrying her ashes with him to the only place a fellow can go when times are tough, namely, Disney World. There’s more but perhaps you get the picture. Wild With Happy premiered off-Broadway in 2012; City Theatre is presenting it here. 7 p.m. Performances through May 8. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. (MV)

2) The Pens open up the playoffs with a home game tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Let’s go Pens! 7:30 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

3) Our battlin’ Buccos play the Cincinnati Reds tonight at our home town ball yard. There’s no promotions but the beer will be cold, the hot dogs will be tasty, and Cracker Jack is extra delicious while watching a live ball game. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.