Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series is the theatrical enterprise known for riotous staged readings of beloved screenplays. R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet is the mindbogglingly insane musical soap opera concocted by America’s most morally reprehensible R&B star. This weekend at Re-bar, these cultural colossi merge, as Brown Derby brings to the stage chapters 1 through 12 of Trapped in the Closet, promising “love triangle upon love triangle, cliff hanger upon cliff hanger, and guns, guns, GUNS!” (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, brownderbyseries.org, 8 pm, $20 cash only, 21+, June 5–7)

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