DAVE AND ANNIE: It was a dream made in music blog heaven when it was announced that David Byrne and St. Vincent would collaborate on an album. That effort, Love This Giant, is now out, and the subsequent tour stopped down at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium last night. So how did it sound? Cary Darling writes in his dfw.com review that the album transitions nicely to the stage, but the live 10-piece band really brought eveything together. And Mario Tarradell writes on dallasnews.com that the new stuff sounded great, but it was the Talking Heads classics that really stole the show.
HAUNTING (AND HILARIOUS): WaterTower Theatre’s The Mystery of Irma Vep features a haunted manor, werewolves, vampires, mummies – pretty much anything Halloween you could ask for. Except this show is a send up of all those horror classics, with a pair of actors (Bryan T. Donovan and Regan Adair) playing eight charactors in all sorts of quick-change trickery. “Everything about this production feels fresh, from Adair’s vocal inflections as elegantly snide maid Jane Twisden—he makes her sound like Norman Bates’ long-lost aunt—to Donovan’s broad physical comedy as one-legged handyman Nicodemus,” Lindsey Wilson writes on Front Row. “Give them five seconds, and both actors will reappear playing polar-opposite characters.” But David Novinski was less impressed. “Director Terry Martin allows the tone to hover between camp and schlock,” he writes on theaterjones.com. “Either way is okay but the middle makes the audience unsure.” Judge for yourself through Oct. 21.
BACK TO BASICS: Undermain Theatre is currently taking a trip way back – to ancient Greece – with its production of An Iliad. And its season opener is just the beginning of a year devoted to the classics. More Homer and shows with deep Biblical ties are also on the way. The team behind the Undermain talks about why revisiting these stories is still worth the time in a story on dallasnews.com.