‘JOE EGG'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
Never one to shy away from difficult subject matter, the Weekend Theater opens the New Year with a tragicomedy from British playwright Mike Nichols. Based on his own experiences, Nichols weaves an intimate portrait of a couple struggling to raise their only child, a severely handicapped girl, who's incontinent and unable to communicate. Since her birth, her care has dominated the couple's marriage, and it's taken a toll. But even within such a grim set-up, there's levity. To escape the pain, the father, Bri, has become a perpetual clown, parodying the world around him. The escape is well needed in a work that includes serious arguments about euthanasia. Duane Jackson directs the play, which runs through Jan. 31.