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Five Plays to See in Dallas (and Addison) This Week

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This week, the cool kids know what's up. They're swinging their way into some shows and driving to the drama, to let the good times roll in a theater. All around town, the theaters are getting hip and mounting plays worth a good old heel-kicking happy dance. So, if you know what's good for your soul, we'll see you down the aisle just about every night this week.

8:15 p.m. Monday: The Passing Show It's pay what you can night at Expo Park's theater dive, The Ochre House. Always original and filled with sex, drugs and theatrical rock 'n' roll, the latest show from the self-dubbed leader of the "Suavante Garde," Matthew Posey revisits the 20th century's Lord Buckley, who put the shake back in Shakespeare. See Ben Bryant jive through some King Lear,with back-up tunes by Justin Locklear and Trey Pendergrass. After tonight, tickets for the rest of the weeks are $15 and available at OchreHouseTheater.com. Wanna know more? Our theater critic Elaine Liner gives you the lowdown here.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure Bedecked in a deerhunter, pipe in hand, and Watson at his side, the fully functioning sociopath ventures out of his Baker Street flat to solve one case. Perhaps his last. Texas' prolific playwright Steven Dietz penned a new case for the detective, which sends him straight into Moriaty's lair. Catch it on the cheap (tickets start at $15) in previews this week, before the reviews come out and prices mysteriously creep higher. Tickets available at dallastheatercenter.org.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Venus in Fur Catch a whiff of sex and fishnets in the intimate studio space at WaterTower Theatre with a production of Venus in Fur. Borrowed from Circle Theatre after a successful run in Fort Worth, this play stars the tantalizing duo of silver fox Chris Hury and the leggy, dangerous, but somehow likable Allison Pistorius. Tickets are $20-25 at WaterTowerTheatre.org. Check back here later this week for my review.

7:30 p.m. Thursday: Spunk You're going to have to go to Addison twice this week. You heard me. But these two show are anything but redundant. Spunk is play with music (blues music, no less) based on short stories by Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe and performed by some of Dallas' finest actors (Tiffany Hobbs, Liz Mikel, to name the leading ladies). Tickets are $30 at WaterTowerTheatre.org.

8 p.m. Friday: The Lyons Uptown Players ventures into the dark depths of familial comedy, with the blisteringly funny play by Nicky Silver about the fading health of a matriarch, whose wife and kids gather in a hospital to say goodbye. Of course, they say a lot of other things to each other while trapped together in the white-washed walls. Watch the story unravel at opening night, 8 p.m. Friday for tickets starting at $25. Visit uptownplayers.org.

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