By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
The Shape of Things continues through May 9, in rep with two other Neil LaBute plays, at the Wyly Theatre. Call 214-880-0202.
Bedroom Farce continues through March 28 at Theatre Three. Call 214-871-3300.
Out of the Loop Fringe Festival continues through March 14 at WaterTower Theatre, Addison. Call 972-450-6232.
Power Lunch, a one-act by Oscar-winning American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball, takes an absurdly comic look at gender roles and stereotypes. When a handsome young man (Undermain Theatre company member Newton Pittman) shares a lunch table with a pretty stranger (Kara Torvik Smith), they start a frantic power grab over everything from the chairs to the attentions of the waiter (Beau Trujillo) and waitress (Catherine DuBord), who play a weird gender-switch game. Every few minutes, sexy dance music sends the lunch duo into a rhythmic mating ritual. Silly fun from Second Thought Theatre, directed by Greg MacPherson. Performed in the Studio Theatre at 11 a.m. March 13 and 7:30 p.m. March 14.
I Sing!, performed by the new Club 119 Productions, is a so-so R-rated (for language) musical with a couple of good performances worth discovering. Angel Velasco and Alexander Ross, who co-starred in Uptown Players' Altar Boyz last season, are the vocal standouts as two of five young singles in a totally sung-through study of the coupling and uncoupling of a group of friends over a two-week period. Reminiscent of Avenue Q (sans puppets and jokes), with shades of Falsettoland and Company in the melodies, the two-hour show gets a bit too earnest in its deconstruction of Gen-Y angst. But it has its moments, especially when those guys are singing solos. Performed in the Studio Theatre at 2 p.m. March 13.
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