Even though we’re well into fall, we’re seeing lots of productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stolen Shakespeare Guild is putting the show on, and now UNT mounts a jazz dance version called A Jazz Dream, the Musical. Of all the Bard’s plays, this one seems the most pliable to free-form adaptations.
Speaking of adaptations, She Loves Me is a musical based on the same Miklós László play that inspired Ernst Lubitsch’s great 1940 comedy film The Shop Around the Corner and Nora Ephron’s 1998 remake You’ve Got Mail. This seldom-produced 1963 musical features songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the same songwriting team that had great success with Fiddler on the Roof. The show opens this weekend at Stage West.
Camping With Gasoline is not an adaptation, but you’ll want to see it at Casa Mañana if you’re a fan of the Tuna series, because it’s a one-man show by Tuna co-creator Jaston Williams. The play includes stories of Williams’ childhood in West Texas, and a Boy Scout trip to Guatemala that went badly wrong. It’s a chance for this well-known actor/playwright to step out on his own and give us a more personal work, but it’s only running for two performances on Saturday, so be advised.
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