Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Sept. 24

It’s been at least a couple weeks since I mentioned Joss Whedon in this particular forum, so I figured today was the day to break my unintentional streak even though this particular tidbit of information is really an exercise in stating the obvious. I really want to see Joss Whedon’s low-budget adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. I mean, look at this cast. Wesley, Topher, Whiskey, Malcolm Reynolds, Simon Tam, Phil Coulson–it’s amazing, and the reviews coming out of the Toronto Film Festival where it was screened are equally so.

But who knows when the distributors will get around to Dallas. Happily, you can experience a staged reading, featuring a wonderful cast of our own theater greats, in the Winspear’s Hamon Hall tonight. Much Ado About Nothing is the first play in the AT&T PAC/Shakespeare Dallas collaboration that intends to stage the Bard’s complete works, and you can see it tonight for ten bucks in advance or pay what you can at the door. I say this every time, but it always bears repeating: staged readings, especially those that are directed and acted well, are nothing to be wary of. A couple of the staged readings I’ve attended have turned out to be some of the most fun theatrical experiences I’ve ever had.

In tonight’s case, you’re in good hands. René Moreno, who directed what I thought was the best production in Dallas last season and was one of the season’s best (and busiest) directors overall, is the director, and even the supporting cast is full of people I’m always pleased to see on a stage: Drew Wall, Terry Vandivort, and Max Swarner, to name a few. All this to say: I recommend this highly, even though the squirrely Much Ado isn’t my favorite of Shakespeare’s play. With actors and directors who understand the language, the snappy back-and-forth between Benedick and Beatrice is a real pleasure.

Also tonight, Sandra Fluke (you know, Georgetown law student turned Rush Limbaugh punching bag turned go-to speaker on issues of contraception and female reproductive rights) takes part in a panel discussion at SMU focused on women’s health care and the media. She’s here at the behest of the SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, in conjunction with the Embrey Human Rights Program and the office of the provost. It’s free, but the auditorium might fill up quickly, since we already know there’s a least one dude (a sophomore, no less) running around SMU’s campus who knows a whole heck of a lot more about birth control and being a woman than Fluke does. I expect a contentious evening, but I can’t think of anything that makes me more furious than the unapologetic, unabashed ignorance of the men who want to decide what I can and can’t do with my body. These conversations are necessary.

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  • WOB

    Liz …

    Newsflash! Men already decide what you can and can’t do with your body. You can’t murder someone. You can’t steal from someone. You can’t rob someone. You can’t hit someone unless it’s in self defense. You can’t drive a car at a 100 mph down Main street. Etc. Etc.

    You guys misrepresent what Limbaugh and other conservatives were upset about in regard to Fluke. They weren’t upset that she has access to reproductive/birth control services, they were not happy with the fact that she wants US taxpayers to foot the bill for her sex life. That US taxpayers should pay for her birth control. That’s the whole issue. So, why do you and others, including this Magazine, continue to not tell the truth regarding what the argument/discussion is? Why do you wish to turn this into a contrived “war on women” when it is not. There’s no discussion about taking away Fluke’s, yours or other women’s rights to get the reproductive services you are legally entitled to. Just stay away from my pocketbook when you do so.