Giant Is Epic, Damn It!

I was reprimanded recently for misusing the word “epic”. I said something to the effect that my Buffalo wings were epic, and my dining companion pointed out that my Buffalo wings were not in any, way, shape or form related to long-form poetry and that if Homer (the poet, not the Simpson) knew that the word was being so egregiously misappropriated, he would roll over in his tomb (or urn, or whatever). Noted. Most of us know it’s not correct to give something mundane an epic quality, but it’s fun to say until you realize how lame it truly is. And you do, of course, realize it’s totally lame when you Google it and see Urban Dictionary proclaim that anyone using the term inappropriately is an epic asshole. Now chastised and enlightened, I tread lightly when I use the word. Luckily, I feel relatively comfortable using the word to describe the Dallas Theater Center’s musical production Giant. Obviously, if you’ve read the novel or seen the classic film, you already know that it is a beast of a story -- covering two generations of conflict and social change. The musical version is broken into three acts and will require that you devote your entire evening to the Benedict family and all of their drama. But the payoff -- a melodic score and some of the most memorable Texas characters to ever darken a stage — is, indeed, epic. Giant runs at the Wyly Theater in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2400 Flora St., from January 18 through February 19. Tickets are $15 to $165, and may be purchased online by visiting
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through Feb. 19, 2012


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