Dot is a play unafraid to delve into aspects of life that can be both side-splittingly funny and shake the audience to its core. Dotty and her three adult children come together for the holidays as they do every year; but this time, the Shealey house will be grappling with more than exchanging gifts. The aging matriarch struggles with her fading memory, and her children seek to juggle their mother’s care with their own. New Venture Theatre will bring to life this poignant, comedic drama that tackles aging parents and midlife crises—all while demonstrating the power of familial love. At the LSU Studio Theatre. 7:30 pm Wednesday–Saturday; 3 pm Sunday. nvtarts.org.