1) Add a name to the list of hot young playwrights to watch. Lucas Hnath—silent H, long a; “naith”—turns out unusual, provocative plays about a variety of subjects, from Isaac Newton (the comedy Isaac’s Eye) to a competitive swimmer caught doping (Red Speedo). And one that really gets audiences and critics stoked is The Christians. Hnath, who grew up in a churchgoing family and served in youth ministry as a teen, has set this play in a modern megachurch. There’s a choir, and everything is arranged so that audience members feel they’re at a Sunday worship service—except the service takes a surprise turn. The pastor announces he’s had a revelation. It has led him to a new understanding of the nature of God, which is at odds with the long-held beliefs of the congregation. Objections are raised, dueling citations from Scripture are traded, and the schism unfolds from there. Reviewers in New York and Chicago have praised The Christians as a sharp, engaging play that brings up deep questions. Kinetic Theatre is staging it here at the New Hazlett, Performances through July 2. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)
2) The Frick Art & Historical Center has its Summer Fridays events. Tonight’s featured group is The Coteries are a women lead folk rock trio whose music reflects their travels and the back roads of the American countryside. While there check out the antique cars in the car and carriage museum. The Frick Art Museum is also open during the event. Music, art and antique cars, all for a suggested donation of only $5 per adult; no admission charge for children. You can also purchase food and beverages from the cafe which is housed in a quaint cottage on the grounds, bring your own picnic food, or buy from one of several food trucks. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze.
3) Good Fridays at the Warhol is a weekly party at the museum, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. Half-price museum admission. 5 – 10 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.