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At first I thought Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming was a play about Deep Purple's last reunion tour, but then I realized I was thinking of "Smoke on the Water." Turns out it's the Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe's last sermon at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, and we're all invited to watch as the congregation throws a farewell bluegrass gospel soirée for him and his wife, who's eight months pregnant with a little Baptist preacher seed. Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming plays at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (with additional 3 p.m. Saturday matinees) through April 12 at the Artisan Center Theater, 418 Pipeline Road in Hurst. So obviously the lady that plays the knocked-up wife isn't really with child, 'cause you can't be eight months pregnant for a whole month, homeslice. Tickets are $8 to $13, with discounts for the kids, the students and the old people. Call 817-284-1200 or visit
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. Starts: March 14. Continues through April 12, 2008


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