Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Mar. 19

It's a dramatic day.


Tonight, the musical American Idiot reappears at Bass Hall in Fort Worth for one single performance. If you are not an enormous fan of Green Day, there’s a solid chance you won’t enjoy this. But I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this when I saw it in New York a bazillion years ago. Of course, John Gallagher Jr. was in it then, and that could have something to do with my general enjoyment. It’s only one act long, in any event, which should allow you plenty of time to stop in to The Usual for a fancy cocktail.

Here in Dallas, the Undermain Theatre starts previews of We are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915. Yep. Once you get past that mouthful, it’s a play about the necessity of collaboration and invention in art that involves a troupe of actors attempting to stage their own play about a somewhat lesser-known genocide perpetrated by German soldiers in the early 20th century against the African tribe Herero. Tickets are $10 this evening, tomorrow, and Friday.

If you prefer your theater in a somewhat boozier setting, the Local Oak hosts a staged reading of Tiny People, Or It Gets Better, a play that draws its inspiration from Chekhov’s Three Sisters. It’s part of Cara Mia Theatre Co.’s series of readings by Latino playwrights. Socialize from 7-8 p.m., when the reading begins. I’m a big fan of the drink the bar calls “The Local Oak” but I refer to as “red onion drink” because it has pickled red onion and is delicious.

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