Steve Bellwood's The Specials has its premiere this week at the Whitney Arts Center in New Haven. The play follows academics Tom and Diane, who get into car trouble on a road trip and meet Ivan and Ruth, a veteran and ex-stripper, respectively. The play runs Sept. 14-22, for a $15 suggested donation. The Specials, Sept. 14-22, $15 suggested donation, The Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Ave., New Haven, (203) 676-9685. Performances: Sept. 14 and Sept. 20-21, 8 p.m.; Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, 3 p.m.