Hey Oasis people in Texas and nearby, you should definitely try and catch the world premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's new pop musical comedy Give It Up! if you can. It is playing from this weekend through February 14 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.
Based on Aristophanes' ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which a group of women refuse to have sexual relations with their husbands until they end the Peloponnesian War. Beane and Lewis Flinn, who wrote the music and lyrics, bring the classic tale of the battle of the sexes to a contemporary American college (Athens University) where Lysistrata Jones is the head cheerleader at a school where the basketball team is content to lose every game. Determined to inspire them to become winners and care for something more than themselves, the ladies decide to hold out on “giving it up” until their team breaks the 30-year losing curse by winning a game.
"I want theatergoers to have a good time and I want them to leave with something fresh," said Beane. "Give It Up! poses the question, 'If you take away sexual attraction from a relationship, would you really fall in love with that person? Who would you fall in love with?' Ultimately it's about being who you truly are, learning to love who you truly are, and not having to pretend to be something other than that." (You can also read my 2007 interview with Beane).
With a cast of Broadway veterans, and this pedigree, this could very well be the first stop of a Broadway-bound musical, so check it out. I'll be in town to see the show on February 12, so if any Dallas-area people want to say hi, let me know and we'll try and set that up.
Give It Up! runs Jan. 15 – Feb. 14. Preview performances Jan. 15- 21. Opening night is Friday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. Performance times are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.; and select Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Single ticket prices are $15-$85 and are available by calling the box office at 214.880.0202 or by visiting http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/.