Whenever my granny is having a bad day I talk about the Chippendales men I'm going to send her. The thought of those men--glistening with oil, wearing bow ties and little else--seems to inspire both of us, and soon we're both smiling and hopeful. In the musical The Full Monty, six unemployed steel workers in Buffalo, New York, are similarly inspired by those Chippendales men. After seeing how the women swoon for those bow tie-wearing guys, the broke, depressed group decides to get together and take it all off, giving the audience the "full Monty." Based on the 1997 British film of the same name, the Tony Award-nominated show pretty much sticks to the original story, transplanting it across the pond and throwing in some catchy songs along the way--"A Big Ass Rock," a tune about different suicide tactics, is a total earworm. If you have a hankering to take in a show and watch some guys dance, sing and strip while regaining their self-respect, head on down to the Addison Theatre Center, 15650 Addison Road. That's where my granny and I hope to be, cheering for them to take it all off. Tickets are $15 to $40. Call 972-450-6232 or visit watertowertheatre.org for more information.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Aug. 14-15, 2 p.m. Starts: July 22. Continues through Aug. 15, 2010