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  • Nuts and Merries - Puppets, princesses and drag queens get their fa-la-jollies on in holiday-themed shows

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    Nuts and Merries - Puppets, princesses and drag queens get their fa-la-jollies on in holiday-themed shows

    The Widow Twankey is back! Theatre Britain's annual "panto" production brings the silly old dame, played by a man in glam-drag, out front and center. This year she's at her gawdy, bawdy best as portrayed by Dallas actor Mark Shum in Aladdin, now ons...

    by Elaine Liner on November 29, 2007
  • Plumb Tuckered Out? - A breathtaking journey through space revives Super Mario

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    Plumb Tuckered Out? - A breathtaking journey through space revives Super Mario

    There's no surer sign that a franchise is in trouble than when it blasts into outer space. So you were right to be nervous when Nintendo announced its plans to follow up the subpar game Super Mario Sunshine with something called Super Mario Galaxy, ...

    by Chris Ward on November 29, 2007
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    DVD Releases for the Week of November 27

    Bratz (Lionsgate) Drunken Angel: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Elvis: Blue Suede Collection (Warner Bros.) ESPNU Honor Roll: The Best of College Football Vol. 3 (ESPN) Happy Days: The Third Season (Paramount) Hot Fuzz: 3-Disc C...

    on November 29, 2007
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    DVD Releases for the Week of November 20

    Angel-A (Sony) The Batman: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) Bill Maher: The Decider (HBO) Broken (First Look) Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection (Paramount) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Seventh Season (Pa...

    on November 22, 2007
  • The New Face of Evil - Call of Duty 4 might hit a little too close to home

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    The New Face of Evil - Call of Duty 4 might hit a little too close to home

    The unsettling tone is established early in Call of Duty 4, when the president of a Middle Eastern nation is publicly executed on the world stage, and you, the player, experience the deposed leader's final minutes through his own eyes, witnessing --...

    by Gary Hodges on November 22, 2007
  • Jungle Fever

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    Jungle Fever

    Hearts of Darkness:A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Paramount) At last available on DVD, Eleanor Coppola's 1991 documentary about her husband's tumultuous trek downriver remains, easily, the best film ever about the making of a movie and unmaking of a m...

    by Jordan Harper on November 22, 2007
  • Knockout - The Boxer packs a sweet punch at DCT; Our Lady's down for the count at the MAC

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    Knockout - The Boxer packs a sweet punch at DCT; Our Lady's down for the count at the MAC

    The Boxer is brilliant. The locally grown one-act play that charmed audiences at last summer's Festival of Independent Theatres is now at Dallas Children's Theater, with the same cast and an even more polished staging by Dallas writer-director Matt ...

    by Elaine Liner on November 22, 2007
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    DVD Releases for the Week of November 13

    The Addams Family: The Complete Series (MGM) Amazing Grace (Fox) Annie Duke's Texas Hold'em Supercourse (Big Vision) Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimat...

    on November 15, 2007
  • True Love

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    True Love

    The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is crushingly disappointing: no Rob Reiner commentary track, no outtakes, no making-of doc, no nothing, save for a lousy game and a few s...

    by Jordan Harper on November 15, 2007
  • Shred Cred - You wanted the best -- you get the best: Guitar Hero III

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    Shred Cred - You wanted the best -- you get the best: Guitar Hero III

    Show of hands: Has anyone not heard of Guitar Hero at this point? You sir, in the back row clutching the Ratt cassette -- you're the only one? All right, pal, here's your recap: Guitar Hero is the most popular music-based game ever made. It comes...

    by Chris Ward on November 15, 2007
  • Godspiel - Risk Theatre puts Judas Iscariot on trial; Oleanna goes to academic hell

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    Godspiel - Risk Theatre puts Judas Iscariot on trial; Oleanna goes to academic hell

    Everyone, audience included, visits hell in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, the Stephen Adly Guirgis drama at Risk Theatre Initiative. The setting is a courtroom in purgatory. The trial could overturn the eternal damnation of the apostle who commit...

    by Elaine Liner on November 15, 2007
  • A Little Sucky-Sucky - Two vampire classics are back. Unfortunately, this time they bite.

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    A Little Sucky-Sucky - Two vampire classics are back. Unfortunately, this time they bite.

    Castlevania, the vampire-hunting series that stretches over 20 years and as many games, has basically two kinds of fans. There are the traditionalists, who've followed the games since they were straight-up action titles with thumb-busting combat and...

    by Gary Hodges on November 8, 2007
  • The Kids Were All Right

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    The Kids Were All Right

    Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (Genius) On the heels of the Electric Company boxed sets, which were at once educational and groovy as all get-out, comes the latest in greatest hits from Sesame Street before the neighborhood was gentrified for...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 8, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 6

    The Best of the Colbert Report (Paramount) Blame It on Fidel! (Koch Lorber) Blood Car (TLA) The Crown Prince (Koch) Deck the Halls (Fox) Election (Tartan) Flight of the Conchords: The Complete First Season (HBO) Help!: Deluxe Ed...

    on November 8, 2007
  • Not Bloody Likely - A Dracula with no bite; a Pygmalion with claws

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    Not Bloody Likely - A Dracula with no bite; a Pygmalion with claws

    We learn from failure, not from success!" wrote Bram Stoker in Dracula. If Irving's ICT MainStage heeds that advice, director Bruce R. Coleman's staging of the 1897 vampire saga, adapted by Seattle playwright Steven Dietz, will not have been in vain...

    by Elaine Liner on November 8, 2007
  • A Bitter End

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    A Bitter End

    No End in Sight (Magnolia) Charles Ferguson's debut doc, easily the most important in a year full of notable fact-gathering films, assembles some of the key players behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq and seems to ask them but one question...

    by Jordan Harper on November 1, 2007
  • Fun With Fluids - The Revolution will be televised -- and plenty addictive too.

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    Fun With Fluids - The Revolution will be televised -- and plenty addictive too.

    It must've been a scorching summer day when the game developer stared at his thermometer and realized, "Sweet sassy molassey, this would make a helluva game!" How else to explain the existence of the quirky puzzle series Mercury Meltdown? Debutin...

    by Chris Ward on November 1, 2007
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    DVD Releases for the Week of October 30

    The Amicus Collection (Dark Sky) Angel: Complete Series Collector's Set (Fox) Beastie Boys: The Complete Story (Video Music) Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset (A&E) A Christmas Story (Warner Bros.) CSI Miami: The Fifth Season (Paramoun...

    on November 1, 2007
  • Dog and Phony Shows - A movie star in the closet? An invisible baby? How absurd!

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    Dog and Phony Shows - A movie star in the closet? An invisible baby? How absurd!

    No names are named in The Little Dog Laughed, a newish comedy now playing in the studio space at Addison's WaterTower Theatre. So go ahead and play fill-in-the-blank in the dilemma of a handsome Hollywood up-and-comer whose wholesome public image is...

    by Elaine Liner on November 1, 2007
  • The Boys Are Back

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    The Boys Are Back

    The Boys Are Back Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.) Most of the old Kubrick DVDs were crap: full-screen editions with poor pictures and virtually no special features. This set makes up for them with 2001, A Clockwork Orange, The Sh...

    by Jim Ridley on October 25, 2007
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Ochre House Gets Hip to '50s Comic Lord Buckley with The Passing Show

Hipster, flipsters and finger-poppin' daddies, it's time to slip your orbs toward one Lord Buckley. He was a regal cat-daddy, an original, a performer of jazz-infused stand-up drawn from the… More >>

At Kitchen Dog, Gidion's Knot Feels Like Two Hours of Study Hall

It was a mistake to put a clock on the wall of the set for Gidion's Knot, the two-character Johnna Adams one-act now running at Kitchen Dog Theater. Set in… More >>

Second Thought's Nocturne Is Memorable, Thanks to Intense Acting by Drew Wall

Nocturne begins and ends with death and speaks of little else in between. Don't let that put you off. The play by Adam Rapp, now running at Second Thought Theatre,… More >>

In Fort Worth, Soul of Sam: The Sam Cooke Story Brings a Music Legend to Life

A small show that deserves a bigger audience than it's getting is Soul of Sam: The Sam Cooke Story, now on at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Written and… More >>

Tuck Dynasty: Uptown Players Tiara It Up with Pageant: The Musical

For my money, Miss Great Plains was robbed. At each performance of Pageant: The Musical, on now at Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the same six contestants vie… More >>

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