O, Ponyboy, Ponyboy! Wherefore art thou Ponyboy? Deny thy Greasers and refuse thy Brylcreem! And I'll no longer be a Soc, wearing my madras and mother's argyle. 'Tis but thy clothes that are mine enemy. Ponyboy, thou art a wronged poet on the run, like the towheaded Johnny Boy, though he also be not a Soc but a Greaser like thyself, and Sodapop, who wert played by toothsome Rob Lowe in the 1983 movie The Outsiders, kin to the S.E. Hinton tome upon which this Dallas Children's Theater Center play is based, adapted by that rogue Christopher Sergel. Playing February 13 through February 29 at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St., this young-adult drama, bittersweet as the dew-soaked morn, finds two teen cliques from opposite sides of the tracks, both alike in dignity, in fair suburbia where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge breaks new mutiny, and something, and something. You get the point. It's The Outsiders. The kids love it. It's fun. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children. Call 214-740-0051. And, o, Ponyboy: Stay gold, my friend. Stay gold! --Sarah Hepola
The prognosis is Grimm and Andersen
Considering the mind-numbing information overload swirling around each of us, it's a sad realization that the most substantial thing that's left to our recent imagination is the inch of skin underneath Janet Jackson's martial arts/marine life-inspired nipple broach. Hell, the fact that we can actually call something a "nipple broach" is confounding in and of itself. But the question is not what is left to our imagination, but rather what is left of it? The Dallas Children's Museum hosts a storytelling event Saturday at noon that celebrates the German fairy tales that have ignited imaginations (and instilled morals) for centuries. From all things Grimm to the ducklings and princesses of Hans Christian Andersen, the little ones will have an afternoon of activities that do things the old-fashioned way, as in through interaction and creative ingenuity. You may be able to help preserve what's left of our collective imagination. The Dallas Children's Museum is at 2040 Valley View Mall. Call 972-386-6555. --Matt Hursh
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Mouse in the House
There's nothing like a good homage, which is a belief to which the American Family Theater's traveling production of the musical Cinderella obviously ascribes. Well, sorta. In addition to the regular cast, the show features Mortimer Mouse--the name originally suggested by Walt Disney for Mickey Mouse--as the title character's friendly cohort. Just go with it and go to Cinderella on February 15 at Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Ticket prices range from $6 to $18. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.classicsfamilyseries.org. --Mary Monigold
Back to the Hood
Little Red's ready for another adventure
Here's a swell idea: Next time you need a courier service--say, your mom's laid up with the flu and you want to send her some soup--you should put your elementary school-age child on a DART bus with the package, remind her not to talk to strangers and not to get off at any 7-Elevens along the way. Crazy, right? Little Red Riding Hood's mom apparently had no problem sending her kindergartner tramping through dark, wolf-infested woods while she kicked back in her cozy cottage. Thanks, Ma. Find out the whole sordid story in Casa Mañana's musical version through February 15 at 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. Tickets are $10 to $15. Call 817-332-2272. --Michelle Martinez