Debbie hits Big D
The 1970s was a golden era for film, covering such classics as the two Godfathers, The Deerhunter and, of course, Debbie Does Dallas, the most popular adult film of all time. The skin flick might explain why we don't know of a single twentysomething Debbie in the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area, although, come to think of it, we have come across a few Jasons. Apparently, naming your daughter after a busty blonde with an entrepreneurial sex life is more repulsive than giving your son the screen name of a deranged ax murderer with a psychotic mom. Whatever. Anyhow, now the off-Broadway spoof of the '70s soft is coming to the city that inspired the low-brow work of art, opening on Friday at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Produced by Kitchen Dog Theater, Debbie features an all-star cast including Cara Statham Serber in the role of the enterprising protagonist, who, depending on your perspective, is either a feminist role model who owns her sexuality or a white trash hussy. You choose. The way third-wave feminists pick apart porn these days, Debbie's character is about as scrutinized as Hamlet's. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. through December 17, with additional performances on scheduled Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Tickets are $8 to $25. Oh, and not that it's any surprise, but KDT has officially stated, "This production contains adult language and situations and is recommended for mature audiences only." That's their way of making sure no Dallas City Council members attend the show. Call 214-953-1055 or visit www.kitchendogtheater.org. --Matt Pulle
Fear has a new name, and it is Contemporary Ballet Dallas--at least on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when the band of bohemian dancers, posing as zombies and mariachi-playing skeletons, will premiere its 2005-2006 season with Champagne Kisses & Cadaver Dreams II. Planned torments include artistic director Kelley Calhoon's staging of Ed Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," a heart-warming (not) bedtime story about the terrors of the Spanish Inquisition set to Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead. Audience members are encouraged to come in costume to the Countrywide Theatre at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to$20. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com. --Emily Jacobs
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Bass Performance Hall snagged not just any one-man show about Mark Twain, but THE one-man show starring THE Hal Holbrook. Holbrook performs his award-winning show, Mark Twain Tonight!, only one time for audiences Tuesday at 8 p.m. at 525 Commerce St. in Fort Worth. Literary giants aside, Holbrook is a legend in his own right. Ed Sullivan liked Holbrook and his show so much that he gave Holbrook his first national television spot. And even though the 80-year-old actor has performed as Twain for 50 years, his performances are still as fresh as The Colbert Report--even The New York Times called the show "politically of the moment." Tickets are $27.50 to $55. Call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com. --Kelsey Guy
Man Vs. Myth
Peter Schickele is a nerd's nerd. He took something nerdy--classical music--and made it even nerdier by adopting the alter ego of P.D.Q. Bach, the fictional "last and least" child of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. That's like your high school history teacher organizing Civil War re-enactments in his spare time. Schickele under Bach's name has written a (fake) life's worth of works that the classical music community has embraced despite the silliness. Revealing the man and his madness, Michèle Eaton and David Düsing perform P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour, with the real and fictional composers each taking half a program, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Tickets are $19 to $50. Call 972-744-4650. --Shannon Sutlief