If you've never seen Evita you're missing out. The rock musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber has it all--sex, politics and the plight of the worker with a little class consciousness thrown in. The musical covers the life story of Eva Peron, from her humble beginnings as a bastard child to her eventual rise to power (legend has it, her skills in the bedroom helped her climb to the top) as the First Lady of Argentina. Eva was a tricky character--she espoused a devotion to the common people while turning herself out in Chanel and Givenchy on the public dime every chance she got--so she's not the clear-cut villain or heroine in the story. You don't know who to root for, but by the end of it you really won't care. She may have been a swindler and a political finagler, but when Eva croaks at the end of the show--she died at age 33 from cancer--you'll be teary. Either way, it makes for some fascinating musical theater, with "Oh What a Circus" and "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" being particular favorites around our house. Check it out at through February 13 at Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth. For tickets ($40 to $65) and showtimes, call 817-332-2272 or visit casamanana.org.
Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 6, 2 p.m.; Tue., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 12, 2 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 13, 2 p.m., 2011