With all that's going on in the world today, it's hard to think of Africa as a peaceful, non-civil-war-and-AIDS-and-famine-ridden continent. Every time you turn on the news, something else is happening to further send man's evolutionary homeland into a state of disarray. Maybe it's because the situation is so disheartening that we wait as long as possible before letting our kids know what's really going on in the land of The Lion King. The Dallas Children's Theater is helping to preserve the innocence with their production of Ananse the Spider Man. Based upon a Ghanaian folk tale, the play is about the antics of trickster Ananse, a sometimes-spider/sometimes-man (hence the title). He occasionally means well but frequently tries to get out of whatever task is required of him by duping others. Fed up with his laziness, the humans and animals that have fallen victim to his schemes demand retribution, and Ananse faces his most daunting challenge yet. Ananse plays at the El Centro Performance Hall at El Centro College, 801 N. Main St. Shows are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. through February 19. Tickets are $16. Call 214-740-0051 or visit www.dct.org.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 3. Continues through Feb. 19