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Tune up and laugh at Stanton's Garage; a fun ride into Bombay Dreams

Bombay Dreams gives a big, sloppy, super-sweet wet kiss to one of the world's most popular movie genres.

Critics were all smoochy about Second Thought Theatre, that clever bunch of Baylor drama grads, until the company hit a sophomore slump this year. With Eric Bogosian's apocalyptic drama Humpty Dumpty they got it really right, only to lose their focus with a frenzied failure, The Caucasian Chalk Circle. But they're not giving up and will return for a third comedy-heavy season in a new acting space at Addison Theatre Centre.

On the sked: Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman, October 5 to 22, about a 15-year-old daughter of a prostitute and the car thief the girl takes off with on a killing spree; Moliére's Scapin, January 18 to February 4, the classic comedy of servants, masters and secret romances; the Southern premiere of the comedy Lawrence and Hollowman by Canadian playwright Morris Panych, April 5 to 22, about the odd friendship between the ultimate optimist and a confirmed nihilist; and Jack and Jill, May 24 to June 10, Jane Martin's two-hander comedy about a married couple with problems.

Micah Pediford (Harlon) and Sara Menix (Frannie) share an ear-piercing moment in Stanton's Garage.
George Wada
Micah Pediford (Harlon) and Sara Menix (Frannie) share an ear-piercing moment in Stanton's Garage.


Stantonís Garage continues through July 9 at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Call 214-828-0094.

Bombay Dreams continues through June 18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Call 214-631-2787.

For info about tickets to Second Thought productions, call 972-450-6232 or visit

After a one-night-only, September 12 concert performance of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Lyric Stage, the Irving-based producer of vocally lavish musicals, uses NEA grant money to present a full run of a restored Cabin in the Sky, October 6 to 21. The 1940 Broadway fable tells of the war between good and evil in the rural South. Lyric's founder, Steven Jones, has worked with heirs of the original composers to re-create the book and score.

Then it's the world premiere of The Winner (February 16 to March 3), a musical telling parallel stories of the love between Lyndon Baines Johnson and wife, Lady Bird, and LBJ's notoriously nasty Senate race in 1948.

Terrence McNally's Master Class, April 13 to 28, isn't technically a musical, but makes good use of its leads' vocal cords in its story of Maria Callas, the opera diva, as she coaches a younger singer and shares lots of dish about the opera world.

Tickets for Lyric Stage are available online at or by calling the box office, 972-252-2787. Performances are at the Irving Arts Center (except for Sweeney Todd).

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