The most well-known western movies typically idealize the taciturn, humble lives of their cowboy leading characters. Lonesome Dove, No Country for Old Men, even Brokeback Mountain--these movies offer the stereotypically western images of sheriffs, calloused men of reticence staring off into open, dusty spaces, horses silhouetted against a melting horizon, and tacit love of all kinds. Stage depictions, on the other poker-hand, of cowboys tend to divert from this moody prototype, instead using the West as a lively backdrop for witty banter and melodramatic love triangles among the hill-billied, hard-headed, and sweet-souled (Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun, to name a few). In the same beer and tobacco-blooded vein is the play Man with the Pointed Toes, produced by Hurst's Artisan Theater Center. Unlike its musical counterparts, this dialogue-saturated play is, contrary to its self-suggestive title, about a wealthy Texas cattleman who seeks the counseling of a ladylike manners specialist from New York. Although romantic tension eventually evolves between teacher and student, the story follows the cattleman's journey to become a refined man in the hopes of impressing his snobby, elitist (but predictably attractive) girlfriend. Beloved by former audiences for its snappy humor and almost caricatured farm characters, this play overflows with light-hearted drama and hysterical repartee that is sure to get the whole family giggling in their boots. The show will run through July 18 at the theater located in the old Belaire Plaza at 420 E. Pipeline Road. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and a 3 p.m. Saturday matinee will take place July 18. Call 817-284-1200 or visit ArtisanCt.com.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 4, 3 p.m. Starts: July 2. Continues through July 18, 2009