The idea behind a deer lick is to lure in the suckers with the promise of tasty, fruit-flavored salt and minerals, let them grow big and strong and then BLAM-O! Venison! We can only assume that a pope lick works on the same principle; once the pontiffs are comfortable visiting the lick, and they've become thick and pasty, ka-boom! Dumbfounding as that concept is, it probably has little to do with Naomi Wallace's play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek. Probably. The play focuses on the tragedies that befall teens in a no-horse town during the Depression, when the only entertainment is canoodling and trying to outrun the steam train. No mention of papacide, but see for yourself at Kitchen Dog Theater, 3120 McKinney Ave., beginning Friday at 8 p.m. Call 214-953-1055 for tickets and additional showtimes.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 9, 2 p.m.; Wed., March 12, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 15. Continues through March 15, 2008