Palindrome Theatre presents Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary farce, a wry meditation on suffering, love and life. Ruhl, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, sets the action in a small town in mid-America whose cheerful residents are baffled by a melancholy stranger. Opens 8 p.m. today. Show continues 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 8. Austin Playhouse, Penn Field, 3601 S. Congress Ave.