It's a blessing that February is as short as it is--halfway through the month, Valentine's Day creeps up on all the sad sacks out there who end up feeling mopey even if they know better. Hallelujah, then, that March is here before you can say "February 29" and St. Patrick one-ups St. Valentine with his proclivity for Irish car bombs. (That is so tacky, by the way, Pat. But funny.) Defy February! When The Powers That Be want you to vacillate between horror films and romantic comedies for the entirety of the movie month, give them the what-for by heading for the playhouse instead, and see Don't Dress for Dinner, one of those Euro-wacky dysfunctional-relationship plays about real people with issues and no Goo Goo Dolls soundtrack, neither. Dinner has been a big hit in both London and Paris, where people know a few things about real sentiment, not just red plastic boxes of chocolates. Wordplay, off-the-cuff repartee and that old comedy standby, mistaken identity, come together in a delish meal sure to make this Dinner rather tasty. The play runs through March 8 at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St. in the Quadrangle. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 to $40. Visit Theatre3Dallas.com.
Thu., Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 8, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Mon., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Wed., March 4, 2 p.m. Starts: Feb. 5. Continues through March 8, 2009