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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 20 Mar 2012 8:10 AM

Today in the roundup: Theatre Three’s debut, Shatner comes to town and quirky museums around the state.


HOMER’S FAVORITE PLAY: Last week, Theatre Three opened the Dallas premiere of Superior Donuts, a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts, author ofAugust: Osage County — which WaterTower Theatre is opening in two weeks, so there will be two Letts dramas running in North Texas. The play centers on a former ’60s radical who runs a donut shop in Chicago and his relationship with his upstart assistant, who has some ideas on how to spruce the place up. For a further preview, check out the video Theatre Three has produced above.

THE MAN, THE MYTH: On Thursday, Capt. James T. Kirk himself will be in Dallas performing his one-man show Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It. It sounds a little like Billy Crystal’s 500 Sundays, with Shatner walking you through his life and career. In an interview with, Shatner says the show is like, “sitting around a campfire, just outside the range of the light, listening to a story. What’s scarier, or more wonderful, than that? It’s calculated. It brings you into my orbit, laughingly, and then things might get serious.”

QUALITY QUIRK: Did you realize that Texas is home to a number of kitschy museums? I had a pretty good idea but didn’t quite realize our devotion to quirk until taking a tour through these museums with a story on Among the local institutions mentioned: the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, the Eight Track Museum in Dallas, the Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum in Plano and the Southfork Ranch Gift Store and Museum in Parker. Those are all great, but I’ve got to get down to see Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio.