Elmer Rice wrote his incendiary play Adding Machine in 1923, but its themes -- of jobs lost to automation, faceless amoral corporations and workplace violence -- have never been more resonant than today. In the new adaptation Adding Machine: A Musical at Theatre Three in Dallas, an eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to the story of Mr. Zero, an accountant who is moved to a murderous rage when his company fires him and gives his job to a mechanical adding machine. Zero's journey from revenge to redemption takes him on a heartbreaking and darkly humorous journey from this life into the next.
There's sibling rivalry and then there's sibling warfare. Two estranged brothers meet over dinner to reconcile their differences. The older brother is single and bitter -- largely because his younger brother stole his girlfriend and is now married to her. The younger brother resents the older for having been their father's favorite and having inherited most of the family fortune. As the dinner progresses, the bad blood between them boils over. But family is family, right? Not always. See the dispute escalate to its shocking yet inevitable conclusion when Blood Feast comes to Studio Theatre at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre.
Called a "brilliant comedy thriller" by the New York Post, the frightfully funny British whodunit Corpse! by Gerald Moon follows twin brothers (played by the same actor) who carry sibling rivalry to the extreme. One, an egocentric out-of-work actor, is plotting to kill his wealthy brother so he can assume his identity -- and ownership of his vast fortune. The twists that result as his diabolical plot goes awry prove that, as with most foolproof plans, things seldom go as they should and people are not always who they seem to be. Don't miss Corpse! when it comes to ONSTAGE in Bedford.
A hilariously spooky little number and you get to throw popcorn! The ultimate two-faced villain returns so that you can explore the weighty philosophical questions about good and evil, love and hate, buttered and unbuttered popcorn. It's the last melodrama of the year and just in time for the Halloween season. See The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Dallas' Pocket Sandwich Theatre.
Hollywood's -- and now Broadway's -- King of Comedy Mel Brooks has reunited with the creative team behind his 12-time Tony-winning musical The Producers for this theatrical re-imagining of his hit comedy Young Frankenstein. Taking on the classic horror film genre with tongue firmly in cheek, the musical follows young Dr. Frankenstein as he tries to complete his grandfather's experiments to bring a corpse back to life. He's aided by the hunchbacked Igor (otherwise known as Eye-Gore), his curvaceous lab assistant, Inga, and the frightfully eccentric housekeeper Frau Blucher, who sing a number of catchy tunes like "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz." Catch Brooks' lively creation when it comes to Allen's Community Theatre.