It's always painful when we want most what we can't have, particularly when it comes to love. How often we pine for someone who has no interest in us, only to realize that the answer to our problems is to dress up in sequined 19th-century clothing, sing show tunes and channel Carol Channing. Hey, it worked in Hello, Dolly! the 1964 musical with music by Jerry Herman and story adapted by Thornton Wilder. In the show, eponymous matchmaker Dolly falls in love with a wealthy man she's supposed to be hitching to someone elsewacky, spelled with a capital FEATHERED HATS and CATCHY CHORUSES! She finally seals the deal with her intended beau after he recites a quote about manure. (Guess their romance really was hot shit.) The musical was originally titled Dolly, A Damned Exasperating Woman. What a manure-lovin', mouthy broad! Good thing some Freaking Sexist Dudes got their asses together and renamed it Hello, Dolly! The show is a musical's musical put on by Dallas' Lyric Stage productions, and it runs Saturday through May 10 at the Irving Arts Center's Dupree Theatre, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees are 2:30 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, May 10. Tickets are $24 to $30. Call 972-252-2787.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Sat., May 10, 2:30 p.m. Starts: April 26. Continues through May 10, 2008