FIRST LOOK: Anytime you can attach the words “U.S. premiere” to your show, that usually makes the critics’ ears perk up. That’s definitely the case with The Maiden of Used Books, which Teatro Dallas recently opened. Arístides Vargas’s play follows a girl/woman whose family is abused by a government run by a dictator. “Liberally using clichés, non-sequiturs and overtly poetic language, the playwright carves a darkly comic path through the mayhem, deftly taking power away from the villains and offering a glimpse of hope for the put upon people,” Kris Noteboom writes on theaterjones.com. Marti Etheridge plays the main character/narrator and caught the eye of other reviewers. “Because of Etheridge’s urgent and wondrous delivery, the telling feels fresh and immediate. The Maiden is naive, yet these horrible experiences have made her knowing beyond her years,” Manuel Mendoza writes in his dallasnews.com review. “Innocent and hopeful, she scores her journey from father’s ignored property to husband’s mistreated chattel with girlish energy and bouts of winning, sarcastic humor,” writes Lindsey Wilson on Front Row. Check out the show through May 29.
SECRET FOOS: The Foo Fighters have a thing lately about secret shows. (You might remember this goose chase at SXSW.) To promote its new album, the band is playing a series of shows in people’s garages through a contest with BlackBerry. And one of those shows was in Dallas last night. DC9 at Night was able to gather this report with photos from one of the lucky 50 attendees.