Sunday, September 25, 2005

Money and Run

Last night, a group of us went to see Theater Schmeater's new episode of Money and Run, the serialized story of two outlaws of Crudup County. The new episode, Juke Box Momma, was filled with the usual assortment of features we expect and enjoy: hard rock from the 1970's, slow-motion fist-fights, and homages to The Dukes of Hazzard ("Run" wears a General Lee tee-shirt and "Money" sports an "01" tattoo.) Earlier episodes include "Ninjas and Nuns" (my favorite so far), "Save the Last Dance for Run" (with lots of silly, overt references to Dirty Dancing and Flashdance) and Eyepatch of the Tiger.

I'm sure you've seen better theatre with more highbrow performances, but tell me, did you have fun? Were you allowed to bring your drinks inside the theatre? Were you able to afford drinks after you'd paid for your tickets? (If the answer is "yes" to all three questions, please tell me about the theatre companies you like.) I won't turn down an invitation to the Paramount Theatre,* but when I have to pay for my own entertainment, I'm going to the Theater Schmeater. Of course, now that I'm a parent, I have to work on staying awake long enough to make it to the show. Once upon a time, 11 pm was the beginning of my evening. Now, it's way past my bedtime.

*Silent Movie Mondays are first-date affordable. Each film is accompanied by Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. I've always enjoyed my Silent Movie Monday outings, rare though they be.


Frankie said...

i am quit intrigued. i dont know where to start, all the things to see! i feel like a kid in a candy store. this one will be bookmarked :)

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Lone Star Ma said...

There's a theatre like that in Dallas called The Pocket Sandwich Theatre (it's a dinner theatre - they serve pocket sandwiches). Really wonderful. Has melodramas, serious shows, family shows and raunchy late-night comedies. I acted there a few times when I was pubescent/adolescent (mostly in the annual Ebeneezer Scrooge musical). I remember when the theatre owner looked me up and down a little after the last show I did there and said "Kid, as a child actress, you're all washed up." I think I was 17. The melodramas were great fun, but the thing I loved best was the first show I was ever in there, "Inherit The Wind". Only little, quirky, independent theatres have the guts to do shows like that.

Anonymous said...

That theater sounds like fun. I really enjoy live performances. I don't get to see them much but this Theater Shmeater sounds really cool.