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Free Night of Theater: Week 4

by Anne Bothwell 18 Oct 2010 6:22 PM

Better late than never – this week’s Free Night of Theater offerings. Reserve your tickets today.


Apologies for the delay posting this week’s Free Night of Theater list. But here it is! Tickets can be reserved online for shows this weekend. Next Monday, there will be a new round of shows and ticket opportunities. Here’s a list of this week’s shows:

Show: Meadows at the Bath House featuring Jampact – The SMU Faculty Jazz Quintet
Theater: Bath House Cultural Center & Meadows School of the Arts SMU
Free night: Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
The Story: Jampact is an electro-acoustic band composed of Meadows School Dean Jose Bowen (piano), Buddy Mohmed (bass) and Meadows faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synthesizer), Akira Sato (trumpet) and Jamal Mohamed (drums). From exotic grooves to jammin’ blues, the group features an improvisational mix of original jazz, funk and world music.

Show: Miss Nelson is Missing
Theater: Dallas Children’s Theater
Free night: Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m.
The Story: This classroom comedy is for unruly children everywhere who take advantage of their teacher’s good will and must face the most terrifying of substitutes – Miss Viola Swamp! What has become of sweet Miss Nelson? The kids of Room 207 find themselves playing detective in the search to find Miss Nelson! Enjoyed by ages 5 and above.

Show: The Curse of the Castle Mongrew
Theater: Dallas Children’s Theater
Free night: Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m.
The Story: They’re kooky and they’re spooky! They’re wacky and they’re weird! No, not that other family! Meet the Mongrews! Young Katherine suddenly finds herself an orphan and is sent to live in the crumbling estate of her strange uncle. Little does she know that the creepy castle is under a curse! It’s Gothic horror! It’s romantic comedy! It’s madcap melodrama! It’s not to be missed! Enjoyed by ages 12 and above.

Show: Echo Reads: American Home
Theater: Echo Theatre, at the Bath  House Cultural Center
Free night: Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
The Story: Playwright Stephanie Walker’s blog Love in the Time of Foreclosure documented her struggles facing foreclosure.  American Home is based on these stories. What happens when we fail at achieving the ideal — the possession of one’s own home. Walker was a finalist in Echo’s Big Shout Out! New Play Contest.

Show: Noises Off
Theater: Garland Civic Theatre
Free Night: Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
The Story: This madly funny romp, considered to be the funniest farce ever written, shows the hilarious pitfalls, downfalls and comic terrors of a theater company trying to perform a comedy play, spilling all the personal and backstage dirt of everyone involved. Don’t miss this laugh per minute roller coaster of fun.

Show: The Secretaries
Theater: Meadows School of the Arts SMU
Free Night: Oct. 21, 24, and 26 at 8 p.m., Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.

Show: In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings
Theater: Meadows School of the Arts SMU
Free Night: Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
The Story:Described by The New York Times as “an old-fashioned slice-of-life play that takes place around Times Square before Walt Disney replaced Damon Runyon as resident folklorist,” this drama captures the absurdity, tears and laughter in the gulf between the dreams and reality of lost souls.

Show: Lucifer Descending
Theater: MBS Productions/ Stone Cottage Theatre
Free Night: Oct 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.
The Story: After Lucifer’s conflict with God he creates Hell in response. He descends to earth shortly thereafter to abduct Seth, the third child of Adam and Eve, and takes him through the depths of the underworld to see the future of what has become the fate of humanity’s worst sinners. Lucifer Descending is one of the “Choreographed Plays” that has become a signature style for MBS Productions: There is only a back drop; it is through the use of the actor’s bodies, movements, and fabric that all the sets and locations the play is created.

Show: Jekyll &Hyde The Musical
Theater: Repertory Company Theatre
Free Night: Oct. 22 and 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Story: Duplicity, good and evil are the themes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story. The Tony Award-winning musical will stay true to the dark love story while featuring a haunting score by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. The story centers around Dr. Henry Jekyll (Jack Agnew), a doctor in 1880s London who develops a formula he believes can isolate and get rid of the evil side of a personality. Directed by Debra Carter, the show also includes Terra Wortley as Emma, Laura Alley as Lucy, Darin Fimple as John Utterson, Nelson Wilson as Sir Danvers Carew.

Show: Twilight Cabaret – Wickedly Perfect
Theater: Repertory Company Theatre
Free Night: Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.
The Story: A musical revue!
Show: Days of the Dead presents: The Breath of Death
Theater: Teatro Dallas
Free Night: Oct. 22 at 8:15 p.m.

The Story: Teatro Dallas invites to celebrate its annual DAYS OF THE DEAD, one of the oldest rituals of the American continent, with the production The Breath of Death (In English) based on Japanese folk stories from Ghostly Japan compiled by Lafcadio Hearn.
This play explores tales of karma, and the underworld with poetry, horror and mystery. Adapted and directed by Cora Cardona.
Starring: Edgar Estrada, Lydia Enriquez, Ariel Kim Armando Monsivais, Roger Nelson, Karla Portillo.

Show: Jitney
Theater: African American Repertory Theatre
Free Night: Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. ; Oct 24  2:30 p.m.
The Story: The eighth play in Pulitzer Prize-winning author August Wilson’s 10-play exploration of each decade of the black experience in 20th century America. Staged for AART by director Ed Smith, this production is the regional premiere of Jitney.