In a compelling hybrid of costumed actors behind mics, don't miss an electric evening of theater, performed by the L.A. Theatre Works, in John Ball's, In The Heat of The Night, at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.

It's an exciting detective murder mystery story, amplified by its shocking portrayal of what it meant to be a black man in the deep South in the 1960s.

A stranger passing through town, Virgil Tibbs is an African-American homicide detective from California who is arrested and finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation in Argo, Alabama, working with the all white police force and their chief of police, who share the prejudices against blacks of their community.

This production is a mix of radio theatre and traditional live theatre, complete with props, sound effects and costumed actors behind mics. It's a powerful story adaptation of the classic groundbreaking novel. The nationally acclaimed L.A. Theatre Works returns to the Z on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $27 and are available at www.zeiterion.com or call the box office at (508) 994-2900.