Poseidon Adventure

Myths make a splash in Metamorphoses at Theatre Three; Far Away close to perfect at FIT

Joan gets a job creating surreal hats worn by condemned prisoners on the way to the firing squad. She meets and marries another hat maker (Joey Oglesby) and by the end seems to have joined some sort of resistance movement.

Resistance to what, we never learn. But in this stark, delicately acted production, which incorporates several short original films by the Theatre Quorum company, we get the impression that whatever the troubles are, they're not far away at all.


Movin' Out, now at the Music Hall at Fair Park, is like being hit over the head by a jukebox. Worse, a jukebox playing only Billy Joel songs at a volume so loud it threatens to throw the earth off its tilt.
Don Alan Croll offers a loving one-man tribute to the underrated Danny Kaye in Songs of the Redhead at Theatre Too.
Don Alan Croll offers a loving one-man tribute to the underrated Danny Kaye in Songs of the Redhead at Theatre Too.

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continues through August 13 at Theatre Three. Call 214-871-3300.

Another among the current trend of plotless musical 'stravaganzas built around some pop genre, Movin' Out pounds out song after song by the Piano Man (played on opening night by Wade Preston, who looks like the Joel of the worn-out, one-wreck-too-many persona).

Out front, dancers choreographed by Twyla Tharp throw themselves into tizzies all over the stage without benefit of cadence or unison. Tharp, a dance idol of the 1970s, has fallen into predictable patterns of seemingly random steps. As if deaf to the beat, dancers slither, shrug, run, walk, swoop, flick-kick, droop, stumble and grind like kids fighting the symptoms of St. Vitus' Dance. Every number ends with somebody shaking booty and leaping offstage.

By intermission we'd had enough and did some movin' out ourselves, shrugging, swooping, stumbling, slithering and leaping for the door.

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