The Hobbit Gets Neither There Nor Back Again
We try to live by the great credos of hip-hop. Though Nelly's "She only want me for my pimp juice" and 50 Cent's "We gon' party like it's your birthday" are helpful in many situations, even more so we prefer Public Enemy's "Don't believe the hype." So when Circus Chimera rolled into town with its motto of "Where the impossible is possible," we were skeptical. But here it is: Circus Chimera is a circus without animals (and, therefore, no animal rights protesters). It also has the acrobatics and theater of Cirque du Soleil while offering tickets at a fraction of the cost. But most unbelievable is that the clowns aren't scary. They're kind of cute, actually, as is their show-opening "Clown Overture." But Suenos de Luna (Moondreams) has more to offer than hype. The two-hour show combines standard fare such as tumbling, juggling and clown acts with quirky tricks using hula hoops and jump ropes and more stunt-related acts such as the "Motorcycle Globe of Death" during which two men on motorcycles race inside a circular cage. Then there's the ones we can't even describe: Surfin' Rolla Bolla, Lord of the Concrete Jungle and Sacrificial Straps. And it gets better. To help wrap up its stay in North Texas, Circus Chimera is performing an eight-show benefit for The Science Place and The Dallas Museum of Natural History. These special performances take place in Fair Park near the museums at the corner of Robert B. Cullum and Fitzhugh at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Outside the tent, the fun continues with a midway with games, more live entertainment and concessions. Select circus members will also be making appearances at The Science Place between shows. Admission is free for children 10 and under, $8 for kids 11 to 14, $10 for 15 to 64 and $8 for 65 and up. Tickets are available at the museums and the gate. Call The Science Place at 214-428-5555 or the Dallas Museum of Natural History at 214-421-3466. --Shannon SutliefPlaying Possum
Dame Edna has a habit of referring to her audience as "possums." Where we come from that's not necessarily a compliment. In fact, "possum" is more like road kill than a term of endearment. But Dame Edna's from Australia, and things are a little different over there. We're talking about a place that's both a country and a continent. Just doesn't seem natural. Then again, there are people who think Texas is a country. In an effort to entertain even more possums, Dame Edna is spending a few days in our "country." As part of Dallas Summer Musicals' Broadway Contemporary Series, A Night With Dame Edna runs November 11 through November 16 at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., and, according to press materials, we're promised "at least one major laugh per half-minute." That's a lot of laughter, and with all the muscles you'll be working during this guffaw fest, you may even be able to call off the evening's workout session. So take advantage of your chance to play possum. Tickets for A Night With Dame Edna are $10 to $53 and can be purchased at the theater box office or from any Ticketmaster outlet. Call 214-631-ARTS or go to www.ticketmaster.com. --Rhonda ReinhartWhaddaya Mean Might?
Working at the Dallas Observer and admitting a certain fondness for the humor of popular comedian Jeff Foxworthy is not the way to earn the respect of your peers. It's sorta like working at Spin and announcing you own the complete works of Porter Wagoner. Still, we just can't he'p it. See, we grew up in a house in which Hee Hawwas required weekly viewing--or at least listening. (Dad was hard of hearing. You haven't heard Grampa Jones ring them cowbells until you've heard them with the sound set at 11.) In other words, Foxworthy's "you might be a redneck if..." shtick hits a little closer to home than we care to admit. Climbing a water tower with a gallon of paint to defend your sister's honor? Hey, we went to high school with that guy. Use a duct-taped Styrofoam cooler as carry-on luggage? Can't be certain, but we think some of our kin may have done that. In the words of Homer Simpson, "It's funny 'cause it's true." Foxworthy comes to Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., for two shows Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Prices range from $30 to $50. Call 1-877-212-4280. --Patrick WilliamsAn American in Peril
Kitchen Dog does the Danube waltz
If you didn't already know, Dallas' Kitchen Dog Theater gained its name from Samuel Beckett's infamous play Waiting for Godot. Ironically, the same play inspired the Cuban-American off-Broadway pioneer Maria Irene Fornes, the creator of the theater's newest show, The Danube. This end-of-the-world story follows an antagonized American in Europe during the brink of World War II and unfolds into a tale of social conventions and technology. Directed by KDT artistic director Dan Day, The Danubecontinues the theater's 12th season. The show opens November 8 and runs through December 14 in the Black Box Theater at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Ticket prices range from $15 to $20 for adults; $10 to $15 for MAC, STAGE, KERA and TCG members; and $8 to $10 for students and senior citizens. Special group rates are also available. The MAC is located at 3120 McKinney Ave. All tickets are general admission. Call 214-953-1055 or visit www.kitchendogtheater.org. --Jenice Johnson