By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
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.
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.
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.