There's an old nursery rhyme about the British town of St. Ives that crops up in Lee Blessing's play Going to St. Ives. But there's nothing the least bit nursery-ish about this dire political drama, which is receiving its regional premiere at Everyman Theatre.
Here's the situation Blessing presents: The mother of a monstrous African dictator comes to see a renowned British eye surgeon for treatment. These two women have never met, but each wants something from the other, and sight-saving surgery is the least of it.
Going to St. Ives runs through Feb. 25 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. $20-$30. 410-752-2208 or everymantheatre.org