August 11-26, 2012 | "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" at the BCA
Expect some captivating courtroom drama this weekend. (And no, we don't mean another Law & Order marathon.) On Saturday, local theater company Bad Habit Productions is kicking off its sixth season — the promisingly titled "Sex and Politics" — with the opening of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Drawing on legal transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews, and other period materials, the play traces the trio of trials that outed the brilliant wordsmith, leading to his imprisonment, impoverishment, and exile — but not before his impassioned defense of the "love that dare not speak its name." As the ongoing Chick-fil-A fustercluck and this week's gay-marriage setback in Hawaii suggests, it's an all-too-timely story. The show runs through August 26 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts (527 Tremont Street, Boston, 617.426.5000), and you can grab tickets ($18) at bostontheatrescene.com.