Idol worship

No one messes with the King. No one. We learned our lesson a couple of weeks ago that our comments on the flurry of activity surrounding the 64th birthday Elvis Presley would be celebrating if he were alive--we said if--were a tad irreverent. Elvis may be dead, but his fans are alive and ready to put an end to our insolence. So here we are, contrite and trying to show we're sorry by giving you some Elvis Presley Estate-licensed, fan-approved, and above all respectful Elvis fare.

Idols of the King, coming this weekend to Dallas, is a two-act play that sandwiches comic vignettes about Elvis' devotees between faithful renditions of some of his songs. The play is as much about Elvis as it is about the enduring and, well, unique brand of devotion seen in his fans. Two actors portray the sometimes touching, frequently funny, and mostly obsessed Elvis fans and their ardent, outrageous devotion to a man who--let's face it --has been dead for many years, and is not coming back. There's the young Las Vegas showgirl who performs with Mount Rushmore on her head, the hippie chick who just knows she is carrying Elvis' twin babies, and our favorites, Edna and Zig, the aging gas station owners who once let Elvis use their restroom and now tour the country displaying the famous porcelain throne.

Playing The King of Rock and Roll himself is Memphis-born actor Lance Zitron. He'll sing 16 of Elvis' songs, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Love Me Tender," and "Can't Help Falling in Love" backed by a four-piece band. If you close your eyes and just lose yourself in the music, and in Zitron's authentic Tennessee twang, you might just forget...but no, wait, he's dead. He is.

Idols of the King is a good-humored and mostly affectionate comedy about Elvis and about those who were touched by him or really wish they had been.

The King may be dead, but long live the King.

--Juliana Barbassa

Idols of the King will be playing Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30, at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are $7-$42 and may be purchased at the TITAS box office, 3101 N. Fitzhugh, Suite 301, or by calling (214) 528-5576. Tickets are also available at ETM systems at area Kroger stores.

 
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