For transgender performer Penny Sterling, coming out took five decades. In this one-woman show, Sterling shares scenes from that journey — furtively donning her mother’s dresses as a child, telling her grown children the truth as an adult. The show is broken into vignettes, some more intimate than others. Sterling has a knack for lightening dark moments with humor, for revealing truths without veering into corniness. One teenage summer, she tells the audience, she grew six inches. Her voice dropped an octave. She started working out. “Perfect camouflage,” Sterling notes, “for a spy in the house of men.” (8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7 p.m. Tue., 4 p.m. Aug. 12, Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls.)

JENNA ROSS