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Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
Through Aug. 18 Captain Blood. Pirates are back in style! So here are some more for you - but none of your modern sissy-pirates - our old-fashioned pirates are unafraid of such fearsome weapons as flintlocks, cutlasses, and popcorn. Welcome to the adventures of the most bumbling bunch of buccaneers that ever buckled a swash. Another of the Pocket's infamous popcorn-tossing comedy-spoofs.
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information: pocketsandwich.com.
Through Aug. 19 The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. With well-known songs such as "Shipoopi', "Pick-a-little, talk-a-little" and "Ya Got Trouble", this show is CERTAIN to be one of the BEST in The Firehouse Theatre's history! The classic is playing at The Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information: www.thefirehousetheatre.com.
Through Aug. 26 Heisenberg/Actually is a double feature being presented by Theatre Three. People are shaped by past experiences. Does a need for affection, love, and intimacy change as we age? Produced together, these two plays will spark a thrilling conversation as it relates to sex, desire, and the ages of man and woman. The theater is in The Quadrangle at 2800 Routh St. in Dallas. Information: www.theatre3dallas.com.

Through Aug. 26 The blasphemous Broadway hit that has been taking the country by storm, Hand to God, makes its regional debut at WaterTower Theatre. Texas native Robert Askins thrusts us into a surreal church basement, where a young man's foul-mouthed hand puppet - that may be possessed by the devil - wreaks havoc and exposes hypocrisy with ruthlessness and side-splitting humor. Performances are in the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road. Information: www.watertowertheatre.org.

Aug. 15-26 School of Rock, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a story of love, passion and drama. Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. Performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. in Dallas. Information: www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Aug. 18-Sept. 8 Mousey is a dark musical at Ochre House, written and directed by in-house playwright Carla Parker. Mrs. Mousey, a toy, begins to question the nature of toys' existence, and launches into a questioning and dangerous journey. The ensuing rebellion among the toys causes them to turn on one another as they search for Utopia. There's puppetry, original music and dance, and a riveting fable at the play's heart. Ochre House is at 825 Exposition Ave. in Dallas. Information: www.ochrehousetheater.com.

Aug. 24-Sept. 2 Perfect Arrangement is both a regional premiere and the last production of Uptown Players' 17th season. Set in the 1950s, the play concerns the Red Scare, mores and repression presented with plenty of madcap comedy. Inspired by the early stirrings of the gay rights movement, the story follows two "All-American" couples who are forced to stare down the closet door. Performances are at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. in Dallas. Information: www.uptownplayer.org.

Sept. 6-23 Garland Civic Theater presents Barefoot in the Park, an all-time classic by Neil Simon. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 600 5th Street. Information: www.garlandcivic.org.

Sept. 13-30 Escaping the bloodshed of Cuba, a young man sets sail on a turbulent journey that leads him all the way to Hollywood and into the arms of a fiery, redheaded movie star named Lucille Ball. In The Cuban and the Redhead, Desi and Lucy, put their egos and dreams of stardom on the line in a gamble to save one thing - their marriage - risking it all on an untested and floundering new medium called television. This musical features an original score with sounds from 1940s big band to hot Latin rhythms. Performances are in the Bank of America Theatre in the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. Information: www.eisemanncenter.com.

Sept. 22-23, 28-29 MainStage Irving-Las Colinas and thinkIndia Foundation presents The Red Pashmina at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center. The Red Pashmina is an intriguing story of a psychiatrist and two of her patients that takes us on an unforgettable journey. Complete with live music, dance and drama, The Red Pashmina tells the story of serendipity through the ages... or is it destiny? The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Information: www.irvingtheatre.org.

Every Thursday Dallas Comedy House is a beloved local institution, and it offers something unique every Thursday - the weekly Improv Comedy Night, in which some of the club's best comedians create a fully improvised scene based on audience suggestions. The Dallas Comedy House is at 3025 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Information: dallascomedyhouse.com.


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