Friday, October 19, 2007
Last weekend to catch one of these 19 theater productions
These are the last few days you will be able to see one of these shows, so go to a couple before time runs out.
A plethora of theater productions are ending their run this weekend, including a few college productions that played for one week only. Try and get to one or two of these shows before it's too late:
- The Lion King, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Experience the phenomenon. Dallas' most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Dallas Summer Musicals stage this fall. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Purchase tickets ($29-72) online or by calling 214-631-ARTS.
- Macbeth, presented by Shakespeare Dallas. In Shakespeare’s gruesome melodrama, audiences witness the lead character’s astonishing transformation from a noble hero into an ambitious, tyrannical murderer greatly influenced by the magic of three witches and his enigmatic wife Lady Macbeth. Make reservations ($4-7) online.
- Shining City, presented by Undermain Theatre. Shining City is set in Dublin, where a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. The therapist, a former priest, wrestles with his own demons. Purchase tickets ($15-25) online or by calling 214-747-5515.
- My Own Private Diva, presented by Theatre Too. “Best New Play” award-winning cabaret (from both Column Awards and Dallas-Ft. Worth Critics’ Forum Awards) performed by the author, Terry Dobson, and his personal diva, Sally Soldo. Purchase tickets ($22-30) online or by calling 214-871-3300.
- Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, presented by Casa Mañana. An all-new adventure that takes audiences soaring into a magical forest through the air and on stage. An international cast of graceful aerialists, spine bending contortionists, vine swinging characters, strong men and balancers bring this jungle dream to life in a lush, Broadway setting filled with wildly unpredictable designs, special effects, inventive choreography, puppeteering and dazzling costumes. Call 817-212-4280 or 817-332-2272 for tickets ($25-67) or purchase online.
- Right Ho, Jeeves, presented by Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Set in 1920s London, dim-witted playboy Bertie Wooster is fed up with his butler Jeeves’ reputation for being far smarter than his employer. So Bertie sets out to solve, by himself, the romantic problems of his friends Tuppy Glossop, a temperamental glutton; and Gussie Fink-Nottle, an introverted biologist obsessed with newts. Disaster results from Bertie’s efforts, just as his fierce Aunt Dahlia had predicted, and in the end, only Jeeves can save the day—as always. Purchase tickets ($22-32) online or by calling 214-828-0094.
- The Country Wife, presented by Second Thought Theatre. A spectacular satire about a man who feigns impotence in order to trick foolish men into leaving him alone with their wives- who he then promptly seduces. This rollicking Restoration Comedy of Manners receives a long-awaited face lift this season. The Country Wife will take place in the very metroplex we know and love and promises to lampoon aspects of our beloved city and have its residents rolling in the aisles. For tickets ($20), contact 972-450-6232 or purchase online.
- Look Homeward Honky Tonk Angel, presented by Lyric Stage. On the eve of Country music legend Jimmy John Angel’s Reunion Concert with his ex-wife and even bigger star, Dixie Diamond, Jimmy John’s life of unscrupulous trickery – on stage and off – is exposed in this cross between Kiss Me Kate and The Grand Ole Opry. Featuring over a dozen Gatlin hits plus 4 more written exclusively for this new musical. Purchase tickets ($15-29) online or by calling 972-252-2787.
- Deathtrap, presented by Theatre Coppell. This ingenious thriller by Ira Levin promises a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: thrills that make the audience gasp and situations that promote spontaneous laughter. Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, it provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment. Purchase tickets ($10-14) online or by calling the Box Office at 972-745-7719.
- Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, presented by Collin Theatre Center. Big 8, a feisty rodeo competitor is a bitter critter, facing foreclosure on the Wyoming ranch where she rehabilitates injured rodeo cowboys. The arrival of a shocking woman named Shedevil and a one eyed Ukranian biker named Black Dog ushers in outrageous violence and horror in this shoot ‘em up, knock ‘em up, cut ‘em up comic romp that roasts the cowboy mentality of pulp western writers like Zane Grey. Request tickets ($6-8) online or by calling the box office at 972 881-5809.
- columbinus, presented by Quad C Theatre for this weekend only. examines the Columbine school shooting and brings new meaning to the catch phrase "No child left behind." Set, at first, in a fictional high school in American suburbia, the action moves to Littleton, Colorado in the days leading up to and including the shootings on April 20, 1999. Having conducted interviews with teenagers across the country and taken survivor accounts and police transcripts, the writers have created a haunting piece of theatre. Shows are sold out, but check out the stand-by policy.
- Slasher, presented by UNT Theatre Department. Sheena, a 21-year-old coed, juggles school and work, all while caring for her 15-year old sister and a malingering mother who claims to have chronic fatigue. When she’s cast as the “last girl” in a slasher flick, Sheena thinks it’s the big break she’s been waiting for. She soon discovers that her life and her movie have a whole lot in common. The box office can be reached at 940-565-2428 for tickets ($7.50-10).
- The Twilight of the Golds, presented by Uptown Players. If your parents knew everything about you before you were born, would you be here? That is the question posed in this topical drama. All is well when Suzanne Gold and her close New York family discover that she is pregnant, until a prenatal test reveals that the baby will most likely be homosexual. The news forces the entire Gold family to confront issues of bigotry, evolution and the limits of love. Purchase tickets ($22-25) online or by calling 214-219-2718.
- Sleepy Hollow, presented by Word of Mouth Productions. A suspenseful musical alive with action, excitement and dynamic music, this rendition is based on the classic story by Washington Irving, with book by Vera Morris and music and lyrics by Bill Franceour, and is suitable for all ages. Purchase tickets ($10-15) online or by calling 214-734-7326.
- The Glass Menagerie, presented by TCC Southeast Drama. The play is set in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, during the Great Depression and deals with the troubled relationship between an aging mother, Amanda Wingfield, and her painfully shy daughter Laura Wingfield, as told by the son and brother, Tom Wingfield, who is supposedly relating events from memory. The box office can be reached at 817-515-3799 for tickets (free-$5).
- Laugh Lines, presented by Mountain View College Theater Department for this weekend only. A one-of-a-kind production featuring 15 short plays by major American playwrights - all guaranteed to keep the audience rolling in the aisle. Inspired by the twisted writings of Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under and American Beauty, the evening promises to offer a streak of theatrical lightning. For more information or tickets, call 214-860-8671 ($3-5).
- TCC South Drama: The First 40 years, presented by TCC South Drama for this weekend only. A student produced performance celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of South Campus. No reservations taken.
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, presented by TCC Northeast Playhouse for this weekend only. George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife to their house after a party. Martha is the daughter of the president of a university where George is a history professor. Nick (who is never addressed or introduced by name) is a biology professor who Martha thinks teaches math, and Honey is his mousy, brandy-abusing wife. Once at home, Martha and George continue drinking and engage in relentless, scathing verbal and sometimes physical abuse in front of Nick and Honey. Nick and Honey are simultaneously fascinated and embarrassed. They stay even though the abuse turns periodically towards them as well. Reserve tickets (free-$5) by calling 817-515-6687.
- Talking Pictures, presented by Studio B Performing Arts Center. Call 972-966-2787 for reservations ($10-15).