Navel-Gazing

Eve Ensler brings us a new Body of work

12/6

Eve Ensler is moving up. So long, vagina--now she's tackling the stomach. In physical distance, she's traveled mere inches. But in terms of recognition and success, she's staring down from a pretty tall peak. The Vagina Monologues, whose title is self-explanatory, was an international hit, and now Ensler's back with The Good Body, a show born of her hatred for that most problematic of problem areas: her stomach. Obsessed with her belly, Ensler began to notice how women worldwide were preoccupied with various body parts--and the lengths some would take to transform these features. Instead of a tummy tuck or an eating disorder, Ensler's navel-gazing led to a work with a social conscience. "This play is an expression of my hope, my desire, that we will all refuse to be a corporate-cutout Barbie..." she writes. For those with poor body image, that's a rather tall order. Even with all the pain, sweat and abuse that it takes to change one's body, it's even harder to change one's mind. Dallas Summer Musicals presents The Good Body at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., from December 6 through December 11 at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $60. Call 214-631-ARTS. --Rhonda Reinhart

Gabrielle Revere
Thom Glick

Stand-Up Guy

12/1

Comic John Heffron's name rhymes with "Teflon," which is cool because Teflon guards against crappy stick, and Heffron guards against crappy shtick. The winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, Heffron is the comic equivalent of Kelly Clarkson when she lost weight and pierced her nose after American Idol. Catch him November 30 through December 4 at the Addison Improv, 4980 Belt Line Road, before he gets his own sitcom. For tickets and show times call 972-404-8501. --Andrea Grimes

Cuttin' Up

12/2

Would you pay 10 bucks to see Jake Gyllenhaal's bris? No? How about to see Courtney Love attack her forearm with a letter opener? Still no? Just what do you have against "Celebrity Cutting" anyway? One last chance: $10 to watch Travis Tritt toy with the emotions of a baby cow? Bingo! Careity Foundation's "Celebrity Cutting" features not only Tritt, Jay Novacek and other luminaries on horseback separating calves from the herd but also a concert and a steak dinner. Who'd want a steak cooked by a mohel anyway? Festivities start at 7 p.m. December 2 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, 1 Amon Carter Square in Fort Worth. Tickets are $10 (cutting only) to $100. Call 817-882-4100 or visit www.celebritycutting.com. --Rick Kennedy

Avant Claus

12/3

So, we get this press release about a show called Santa Chaos and the Iceberg Dungeon to be performed by "multimedia ensemble" BL Lacerta at the Project X Studio at South Side on Lamar on December 3. Diligently, we started calling around to find out what the show is about. Turns out that "What is it?" is not a question easily applied to BL Lacerta, four musicians who play just about anything--regular instruments, synthesizers, found objects--and mix in video clips along with audience participation. What is Santa Chaos about? "The title suggests a Harry Potter spoof, holiday spoof, whatever," writes ensemble member Kim Corbet. "As to the shape and direction of the performance...as always, it depends on the evening, the audience, what we had for lunch." The show is 7:30 p.m. at 1409 S. Lamar St., Studio 003. Tickets are $10. Here's hoping they skip the bean burritos at lunch. Visit www.projectxtheatre.com. --Patrick Williams

 
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