If you go

What: Now or Never Theatre's "METAPHOR"

When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9

Where: The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder

Tickets: $14-$18

Info: nowornevertheatre.com or thedairy.org

The show must go on.

Any seasoned director in the theater business knows the truth in that statement -- and, perhaps, none more so than local Jane-of-all-trades Betsy Tobin.

Earlier this year, the Boulder-based theater director/performer/playwright/puppeteer/actor began rehearsals for her new performance piece, "METAPHOR," with high hopes of seeing the show, which debuts at The Dairy Center for the Arts this weekend, attain longevity and, possibly, expansion to other Colorado cities.

A week into rehearsals, four of the seven performers signed on to the show's cast were presented with can't-miss job opportunities -- all beginning at the end of the summer and all located outside Colorado's state lines.

Undeterred, Tobin is focused on making the only three scheduled shows with the original cast the best they can be.

"METAPHOR" is an artistic examination of the dynamics of relationships, inspired by stories from Tobin's friends and her own experiences.

"I've always been interested in relationships and all of the things that happen between people," Tobin said.

She is looking forward to watching audience reaction to her interpretation of relationships.

"There are really fun scenes as well as some more serious scenes," Tobin said. "It makes for some really unexpected reactions, which is what I want."

The idea of the show came to Tobin while she was talking with an acquaintance. During the conversation, Tobin realized she was conveying information to her companion in a way that she could understand but he could not. And that, of course, created some confusion as time went on. It was then, Tobin said, she realized no matter whether romantic or friendly, relationships are truly an art form.

The performers who bring the art of relationships to life in "METAPHOR" consists of a juggler, a puppeteer, an aerial dancer, an actor, a creative director and a theater artist -- with music by local composer Jesse Manno. Tobin believes the diverse and specialized skills developed and crafted by each cast member create the exact experience she was seeking.

"It really is a unique opportunity to see a fantastic group of local performers who wouldn't normally be brought together under normal circumstance because they work in such different genres," Tobin said. "It's very visual. It's contemporary. And it has a very unusual twist."