Flynt, Hardy Flynt


At the movies, there's always that one person who decides to show his appreciation by yelling at the screen. Fortunately, there is a place where these people can go and have their yelling enhance the viewing experience. It's called Pocket Sandwich Theatre, and its new show is Laserfinger!, an audience-participation James Bond spoof. We follow our hero, Hardy Flynt, as he tries to stop the evil Laserfinger from destroying the world with a satellite-borne Super Laser. Throw in the obligatory beautiful women with names like Anita Makelove and Lotta Innuendo and you have the makings of a typical spy spoof. It may not be original, but you're allowed to yell and throw popcorn and you don't even have to clean up afterward. Laserfinger! runs April 4 through May 17 at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Tickets are $6 to $14. Call 214-821-1860. --David Wilson

To the Pointe
Cinderella gets funky at the ballet


In direct retaliation for all this anti-French sentiment, we want you to go to the ballet this week and enjoy a decidedly French (ha!) art form. Drink some French (ha!) wine before you head to the Bass Performance Hall to see the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet roll out Cinderella as interpreted by new-ish artistic adviser Ben Stevenson, a Brit who's been to France (ha!) where one Web spinner says the "rude, unwashed, leftist Euroweenie surrender monkeys" live. Stevenson's choreography stars in this Cinderella, closely followed by Prokofiev's score, not to be outdone by Marcella Duscay, fairy godmother, and Christy Corbett Miller, Enrica Guana Tseng and Margo McCann sharing the title role. Cinderella runs April 4 through April 6 at Fort Worth's Bass Hall and April 11 through April 13 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $86. Call 817-212-4280. --Annabelle Massey Helber

Backup Plan
Ed Wood vs. the radio


Like so many of his films' antagonists, Ed Wood's legend refuses to die. The inept auteur is undeniably a cult icon, and the Texas Radio Theatre Company is offering the latest homage with a sci-fi collision of the man's most (in)famous work and Welles' The War of the Worlds. The play, Plan 9B from the Deadly Planet of Death, appears to be as much a screwball comedy-of-errors as it is an examination of the inventive D.I.Y. approach to radio storytelling, where an audience is witness to the machinations of live audio theater. Regardless, this is a double shot of vintage Hollywood (or, at least, "off-Broadway" Hollywood), and if it has half the exuberance of Ed's sweetly poor flick, this shouldn't be missed. See it 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Arlington Museum of Art, located at 201 W. Main St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 817-275-4600. --Matt Hursh

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