Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Clearly I'm an idiot. I just now got the title of Uptown Players' newest show, Zanna Don't! A Musical Fairy Tale. The off-Broadway show sounds like Footloose meets High School Musical, introduced to In and Out and then touched by the irony of Planet of the Apes. OK, work with me here. The musical tells a high school love story where gay is the way and straight is in the closet. Lonely-hearts quarterback Steve meets big man on campus, Mike, the chess champion, and the two are happily ever after. But enter Kate, and Steve's world is turned around, and questions begin (musically) creeping in. Will Steve and Mike tread through this dilemma successfully, or can anything stop the forbidden love that Kate has brought into the picture? Zanna, the fantastical matchmaker, has the ideal that love is the end-all for happiness, but can Zanna use his magical spells to fix this pink upside-down love triangle? There's only one way to know. Find out as the show runs August 8 through September 7 at the KD Studio Theater, 2600 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 180. For tickets and information, call 214-219-2718 or visit uptownplayers.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 8. Continues through Sept. 7, 2008
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Rich Lopez