Cherchez la femme: Lera Lynn at Skylight Three’s a crowd: All Too Human
Women are so wily and mysterious. Take Lera Lynn, for example. She’s a singer-songwriter who is a little bit country and a little bit gothrock, with some glam pinup stuff going on and the overall attitude of a femme fatale who has grown bored of killing and would rather write songs full of ghostly longing instead. Her video for “Drive,” a song from her newest album, Resistor, is full of shadows and cigarette smoke. The poppy yet moody “Shapeshifter” sounds like it might have been playing on a bowling alley jukebox in 1983. If Lynn seems familiar, it’s either because of her intentionally creepy, semi-timeless quality or because she and her music were featured on the second season of HBO’s True Detective. Lynn plays at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Skylight (139 W. San Francisco St.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the twenty-one-and-over show are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, available by calling 505-886-1251 or at www.holdmyticket.com. — Jennifer Levin Set in 19th-century Rome, All Too Human imagines the real-life risqué relationship between Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée, and Lou Andreas-Salomé. Rée, a German Jew, is desperate to assimilate and hide his Semitic identity from Andreas-Salomé, efforts complicated by the arrival of Nietzsche’s sister, Elizabeth, whose fiancée, Bernhard Foster, plans to start a pure Aryan colony in Paraguay. The drama — and comedy — heats up as Elizabeth threatens to expose Rée. All Too Human, written by Rosemary Zibart and directed by Talia Pura, opens at Black Box Theater, Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 505-989-4423) on Friday, Sept. 16, with a gala beginning at 6:30 p.m. Additional performances are held Saturday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 2 — Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com) to Thursday-night performances are $17; all other shows are $20; the opening night gala is $35. Talkbacks with the cast, writer, and director take place after the Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 matinees. — J.L.