Reefer Maddness
David Ray and Gemma Garcia in UNT’s Reefer Madness.

Lovers of the stage will enjoy an embarrassment of options this week. Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, about a playwright and an actress who encounter complications after leaving their previous spouses for each other, is a typically witty comedy that has stood the test of time since debuting in 1984. It’s on at Stage West. Over at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, National Theatre Live broadcasts a production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, set in contemporary times.

However, most of the new shows this week are musicals. Jubilee Theatre officially opens its run of Langston Hughes’ overlong but energetic gospel musical Tambourines to Glory. Casa Mañana begins its two-week run of an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s evergreen Alice in Wonderland. Theatre Arlington trots out its divorce drama-disguised-as-retro musical revue Pete ’n’ Keely. Performing Arts Fort Worth takes Bass Hall’s stage with Mary Poppins, which uses the songs from the 1964 film but takes a darker and un-Disneyfied look at the material. And finally, UNT’s Reefer Madness spoofs the 1937 anti-marijuana film by adding silly songs to the overheated script. Unlike the other shows here, it’s only running for one weekend. If more than one of theses sounds appealing, be sure to clear your schedule.


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