Huff puff. Here’s your house of theatrical openings and goings-on.
Don’t miss a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s 8 during the Uptown Players’ Pride Festival. From what I can tell, a dramatic reading is the most ideal way to present this play, which deals with gay rights and the fight against California’s controversial Proposition 8. Black won an Academy Award for Milk, a biopic about the openly gay politician Harvey Milk, and this play debuted in New York with some serious star power attached.
The Dallas Theater Center’s The Second City Does Dallas. Opening night, which is Friday, Sept. 7, is sold out, but a little birdy who attended a preview earlier this week says it’s hilarious, especially for us Dallas natives. Read Peter’s piece in the September issue of D on the research process behind the comedy show here.
The small stage plays of the Dallas Pride Festival. Hit that link for a full list, but I recommend catching the regional premiere of Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate on Friday, Sept. 7. You’ll see this playwright again in Dallas soon, I think. And this is where you’ll find me for a few hours on Friday night.
The Mercy Seat at Irving Community Theatre. Opens Sept. 7, limited run.
Matthew Posey’s Party Mouth at The Ochre House. Opening night is Saturday, Sept. 8. There’s a character named Andy Warhol. What else? See for yourself.
Recently Reviewed and Ongoing
Frankenstein: The Musical at Pocket Sandwich Theatre. According to our critic Lance Lusk, who recommends you go see it, the farcical musical somehow remains pretty true to Mary Shelley’s book. Read his review here.
For Cool Kids
Jack and the Beanstalk at the Latino Cultural Center, presented by the Dallas Opera. This kiddo-friendly opera (it’s short, fun, and sung in English) recounts the familiar story of young Jack, a young man charged by his mother with taking a cow to the market to sell. On his way there, he meets a old man who trades him “magic beans” in exchange for the cow. His mother, naturally, isn’t thrilled, and flings the beans out the window. Overnight, the beans grow into a giant beanstalk, which takes Jack to the home of a wealthy, angry giant. It’s all set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan of “Gilbert and Sullivan” fame.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. I loved, loved, loved this book when I was a kid, almost as much as I loved authors Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka’s other book, The Stinky Cheese Man (And Other Fairly Stupid Tales). The show is one of the Dallas Children’s Theater’s touring productions, so it’ll be back later in the year, but why not catch it now while it’s at the Winspear? The musical adaptation is a choose-your-own adventure, in which the audience decides whether the wolf or the pigs were in the wrong.