When we heard about the Foote Festival, at first we ignored the phone calls. We thought, great, just what Dallas needs. Another fetish party. Don’t get us wrong, we love a nice pair of feet if attached to the right person, but on their own, they just sort of creep us out. Then we saw the written press releases and noticed the extra “e” at the end of “Foote” and realized our innocent mistake.
The Foote Festival started in March and runs until May, with dozens of area organizations presenting plays, screening movies and creating Gummi Bear dioramas in honor of playwright Horton Foote. Dallas Theater Center is presenting Dividing the Estate, WaterTower Theatre is putting on The Traveling Lady and our handsome gay friends over at Uptown Players are staging The Young Man From Atlanta, one of Foote’s plays with underlying gay themes.
It’s a great production, but fans of Uptown Players need to be aware of a few changes from the typical Uptown fare we’ve come to love. There are no Bea Arthur impersonators in this show. Bawdy musical numbers are absent (except the ones we sing in the bathroom for $3 a pop). And sadly, no gratuitous John de los Santos nudity.
Instead, it’s a well-acted, thought-provoking play from one of America’s greatest storytellers. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of shenanigans in at least two of their next productions, Broadway Our Way and Victor/Victoria. Just think of Young Man as the heavy sorbet between lighter courses. (Hmmm, maybe that analogy needs some work.)
Though if you’re still craving highjinks after a night of good solid theater, give us a call. We’ve set up the backyard stage to test out an all-male parody of everybody’s favorite Angela Landsbury TV show, Murder, He Tucked. Previews all weekend. Seats in the splash zone extra.
Tickets: $25 – $35
Runs through April 17, 2011
Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas
Photo by Mike Morgan