Music Theatre of Denton’s Spamalot can’t claim to be original in sound or in content.The musical was born from years of work by surrealist English comedy troupe, Monty Python. The sketch group hit it big...
A man named John (Billy Baraw) stews in his bathroom, getting drunk and looking for philosophical answers and comfort from a midnight radio show, in Sundown Collaborative Theatre’s Sweet Chariot, a play by founding member Cody Lucas. The Denton company presents the original work starting this weekend at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at the WaterTower Theatre in Addison. Sweet Chariot will be performed at 8 p.m. Sunday, 9 p.m. March 14 and 9:30 p.m. March 15 in the Stone Cottage at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road. Tickets cost $10. For reservations, call 972-450-6232/
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre stages a benefit performance with a single aim: to build an account that will keep live musicians backing the company’s musical theater. “Follies: The Concert” features musicians Pam Holcomb-McLain, Steve Cullen and Randy Linberg, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Performers include: seated, from left, Tess Moore, Wes Cantrell, Anna Marie Boyd and Dustin Simington; standing, Caroline Rivera, Bill Sizemore, Stephanie Felton and Nelson Wilson. M. Shane Hurst directs the show, which is rated PG-13. Performances are 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and March 14-15, and 3 p.m. Sunday and March 16, at the theater at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. Tickets cost $25. For reservations, call 972-221-7469.
There’s something a little Edith Piaf about Stephanie Nilles’ voice, and something a little unpredictable. Set against the artist’s piano playing, Nilles’ voice is trembling thing. The classically trained New Orleans musician treats her keyboard the way Steve Albini treats a guitar. Which is to say that Nilles (pronounced “nil-less”) conjures something more than music from her instrument.
Turn a couple of skeptics loose with a camera and a harebrained theory and the result might be something like Tim’s Vermeer, an engaging new documentary from magicians Penn and Teller. The duo uses no sleight-of-hand, however, in their quest to uncover how the 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer created his striking masterpieces, filled with luminous details created by his famous “painting with light.”
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in the 1942 classic Casablanca. Turner Classic Movies is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a free screening of the classic Casablanca in 20 cities, and Dallas is among them. Director Michael Curtiz’s wartime romance screens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Angelika Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. In the movie, Rick (Bogart) owns a nightclub and gets involved in smuggling refugees out of Vichy-controlled Casablanca. Ilsa (Bergman) is the one who got away from Rick, and is trying to escape the Nazis with her husband (Paul Henreid). Casablanca earned eight Academy Award nominations, and won for best picture, best director and best screenplay.
Ballet buffs can see the Royal Ballet perform Swan Lake without airfare, and for the price of a few movie tickets. At 7 p.m. today, Fathom Events, Anthony Dowell, Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House will broadcast Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s first score of the legendary ballet, which remains one of the most popular ballets of all time. And for the first time ever, American dancer Nehemiah Kish will dance the role of Prince Siegfried, with Zenaida Yanowsky as Odette/Odile. The ballet screens at the Denton Cinemark 14, 2825 Wind River Lane. Swan Lake is part of the 2014 Royal Ballet Cinema Season. For tickets, visit www.cinemark.com/royal-ballet-swan-lake .
Sebadoh’s label, Joyful Noise Recordings, insists that the trio’s latest release, Defend Yourself, is not a comeback record. Lou Barlow agrees. Barlow, his fellow frontman and songwriter Jason Loewenstein and drummer Bob D’Amico might not have recorded together since 1999’s The Sebadoh, but Barlow can vouch for the band’s hustle in the interim.
Reality and fantasy begin to blur in Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself), based on de Rougemont’s autobiography. Shane Strawbridge, rear, stars in the Texas Woman’s University production, with Natalie Beech and Kolby Campbell. Patrick Bynane, director of TWU’s drama program, directs the play. A sickly, imaginative child, Louis grows up and decides to seek his fortune — yet something seems fishy about his adventurous voyages. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. Feb. 20, 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Redbud Theater Complex, on the north side of TWU’s Hubbard Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Visit www.twu.edu/drama or call 940-898-2020. The 2 p.m. Feb. 22 show includes a “pay what you can” option at the box office.
The Denton Bach Society has planned an evening of crowd-pleasing music for Adriano Banchieri’s Festino nella sera del giovedi grasso avanti cena at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1200 N. Elm St. But before the music starts, Italian transplant Rossana Iodici-Cacal will share the bounty of her kitchen in the manner of her girlhood carnevale, the Italian pre-Lenten feast. From the savory plate: lasagna di carnevale (layers of mozzarella, ricotta, tomato and basil sauce, fried eggplant, tiny meatlballs and more.) And above, from the sweets platter: cicerchiata, tiny fried dough balls dressed with anise-flavored honey. Food items cost $5 for three items, $8 for five and $12 for eight. Wine will also be offered. Tickets to “A Carnival Party: Il Festino” cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.dentonbach.com .