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Get Your Kicks Elsewhere: The Banal Sparkle of Kinky Boots

Coming off as a mash-up of The Full Monty (down-on-their-luck folks gamble on an unconventional show to save it all) and La Cage aux Folles (You want drag queens? We got drag queens! They even do the splits!), Kinky Boots trots out anthems of acceptance and “you do you” boosterism amidst a tidal wave of glitter and sequins. There’s even an 11 o’clock number so reminiscent of La Cage’s “I Am What I Am” that you might find yourself waiting for George Hearn to pop out. The show is flashy in the way that only the most superficial of stories are, without bothering to make the leap from caricature to character and with nary a memorable tune to follow you out the door.

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Broadway Shows Coming to Dallas in 2015-16 Announced

Matilda the Musical, Jersey Boys, and the Carol King musical Beautiful are among the Broadway shows coming to Dallas for the 2015-16 season. The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced the latest season of its Broadway Series, which will also include performances of Cabaret and Love Letters.

Matilda the Musical, based on the Roald Dahl novel about a precocious child who used her supernatural powers to fight against tyranny and conformism years before Harry Potter, will kick things off Sept. 23 at the Winspear Opera House. Jersey Boys, which follows the rise of the pre-Beatles pop group sensation The Four Seasons, is another standout. Musicals seem to benefit from telling stories that already feature great tunes.

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Salvador Dalí’s Magical Luster Only Shines So Bright

Jose Rivera’s 2000 play bills itself as magical realism, and in some ways it is. There’s a Moon spouting poetry while a Coyote seduces a Cat, dulled by domesticity, with lurid talk of life in the wild. But really it’s a jaggedly realistic portrayal of a marriage hanging by a thread, as career soldier Benito comes home to his anxious wife Gabriela, who’s so fed up with base life she can’t even stock the fridge before her husband’s return.

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Echo Theatre’s Her Song Woos With Bubbly Entertainment

There’s a fine showmance going on at the Bath House Cultural Center, where Echo Theatre has once again transformed the black box space into a snazzy supper club for The Echo Room Presents: Her Song. The company debuted the immersive music and dance revue last February, and it proved so popular they brought it back this year—tighter, snappier, and more focused—for another round of bubbly entertainment.

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Dallas Actor’s Lab’s Uncle Vanya Bores, Distances Audience

Typically, when a theater company immerses its audience directly in the path of the action it’s impossible not to get swept up in the drama. Dallas Actor’s Lab’s staging of Uncle Vanya, on the ninth floor of the Wyly Theatre, seats its spectators in a rectangle of squishy gray sofas, intimately close enough to reach out and touch the actors. Yet this lifeless, meandering production leaves its audience so distanced we might as well be sitting out on the balcony.

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‘Hee-Haw’ Musical Will Premiere As Part of Dallas Theater Center’s New Season

The Dallas Theater Center has announced the lineup for its 2015-16 season, which will include the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, loosely based on the iconic TV show. Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter and Deferred Action by Dallas playwrights David Lozano and Lee Trull will also premiere.

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WaterTower’s Sexy Laundry Bogged Down By Clichés

On the surface, Michele Riml’s Sexy Laundry is a basketful of clichés about men and women, love and marriage, Venus and Mars. In the hands of director Terry Martin and actors Wendy Welch and Bob Hess, the predictable script finds moments of raw honesty that make the 80-minute show worth slightly more than it first seems.

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Elevator Project: How Smaller Companies Made It To the Arts District

David Denson, the programming manager at AT&T Performing Arts Center, approached Kyle Lemieux last April. Denson, who had recently taken over as artistic director of Upstart Productions, another roving theater group, asked Lemieux if he would be interested in an idea he was pitching: small, nimble companies producing a piece in an Arts District venue at a previously unheard-of price.

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