Thursday, January 29, 2015

Theater of the Absurd

Three ways to get theater cred without falling asleep in your seat


We know, we know. Those nights at the theater too often end up as really expensive naps.

But we've got three cures, each of which will score you culture cred w
ithout a single line of iambic pentameter. (And that's the last time we'll be mentioning iambic pentameter.)

Stuffed and Unstrung
In this sad, post-Henson world, there's something about puppets doing and saying naughty things that just lightens up the mood. Tomorrow night, catch the Miskreant Puppets (above) from Henson Alternative (yes, that Henson) as they put on a live, uncensored, adults-only show that's completely improvised from audience suggestions. So, like Ted, just less Wahlberg-y.
Tomorrow 7:30p. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth. $22-55 here. 

Penn & Teller
Every magician's worst nightmare, the dynamic Penn & Teller hit the stage for one night of magic secrets revealed and their own unique brand of irreverent comedy. They're the most famous comedy duo working today, and their live show is always a master class in pushing the boundaries of good taste.
Fri 7p. Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie. $20-75 here

Avenue Q
Yeah, yeah. We know. More raunchy puppets. But these pieces of felt sing, dance, and have sex, too. The best part about Theatre Three's production is the intimate downstairs space that puts you practically on stage with the likes of Lucy the Slut. It's no wonder they've re-launched the show again for another run after just a couple months off.
Thu-Sun thru May 5. Theatre Too (downstairs from Theatre Three) 2800 Routh Street, #168, Uptown. $40 here

Photo courtesy Carol Rosegg

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