Fans of night-crawling creatures rejoice: Dracula is coming to the Irving Arts Center, wherein "good and evil battle for the possession of a young woman's soul." It's too bad that a flesh-nibbling vampire hell-bent on sucking the lifeblood out of the delicate neck of a nubile young maiden isn't actually all that scary compared to our manifold, much more real threats against modern ladyhood: most issues of Cosmopolitan, Kevin Federline and pretty much every advertisement for hairspray, eye shadow, deodorant or dish soap that promises to get us laid if we'll just buy the right chemical compound. But that's all very depressing, not to mention frightening, so better to stick with a good, old-fashioned tale of the undead. According to the Irving Community Theatre Web site, the play is a "startling new adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic." Dracula runs Friday to November 17 at the Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees and an 8 p.m. show November 15. Visit irvingtheatre.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Nov. 17, 2007