Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 30

For your consideration: a musical at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, or an indie film at the Texas Theatre.

A scene from Working at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Via the theater's Facebook page.
A scene from Working at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Via the theater’s Facebook page.

I was going to write something clever here, but my throat is closing up and I’m struggling with the whole oxygen thing. I will not be attending any of these things tonight in the hope of staving off some sort of illness, but you should consider the following.

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas has a production of Stephen Schwartz’s Working: The Musical, a revue adapted from an oral history project from the ’70s that asked people to consider their careers. Eleven actors tackle 26 roles in this musical that concerns various professions and how people are alternately defined by and manage to transcend their jobs. Over on TheaterJones, Martha Heimberg writes that while some of the songs might be lacking, the strong cast makes for an enjoyable evening. I’ll add that while I haven’t loved all of Contemporary’s shows, I like that theater space very much. I’m a sucker for repurposed buildings, and this one is an old church. You’re also in a prime position for pre-theater dinner or post-show drinks. See all your Lowest Greenville options right here.

Meanwhile, the Texas Theatre screens the movie Pit Stop this evening, a film with quite a few local connections that premiered at last year’s Sundance Festival. The Texas Theatre’s Eric Steele is a producer, David Lowery is a co-writer, and the director, Yen Tan, shot the movie where it’s set—a small Texas town. The film concerns two lonely gay men who meet in the wake of the destruction of their previous relationships. Have a beer at the theater bar, or walk down the street to Mesa if you’re hungry.

For more to do tonight, go here.