For a man who reportedly never took LSD, Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, sure had one bizarre imagination. In the course of more than 50 books written ostensibly for children (but often with adult subtext), the writer-illustrator created an utterly unique world populated by a chapeau-wearing feline, a Lorax, a Grinch, a Turtle named Yertle, Sneetches, Whos from Whoville and, of course, eggs of an unusual hue. This mythical place is revisited in Seussical the Musical. The show follows the adventures of Horton the Elephant. After hearing voices from a speck of dust (and not even while listening to Pink Floyd records), the pachyderm sets out on a quest to find the mythical Whos. Along the way he encounters plenty of characters and situations familiar to Seuss readers of all ages.
The big-budget version was a flop during its initial run on Broadway, even after Rosie O'Donnell stepped in to play the Cat in the Hat. But the show is finding new life in regional productions around the nation. And nothing could top the publicity it got when the tabloids published photos of Thing One and Thing Two frolicking on a nude beach with Paris and Nicole. (Hey, it could happen!) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Through July 18. Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose. For a full schedule, call 713-524-6706 or visit www.mainstreettheater.com. $10 to $30. -- Bob Ruggiero
Former SNL-er Kevin Nealon stops at the Stop
Kevin Nealon is the longest-serving cast member of Saturday Night Live, spending nine seasons (1986-95) playing characters like Mr. Subliminal, Mr. No Depth Perception and Hans (of Hans and Franz). His Larry King and Sam Donaldson impressions also showed versatility in portraying curt, clinched-assed, white newsmen. His SNL days long over, Nealon has been traveling the stand-up circuit. And he's stayed popular, thanks to his dry wit and deadpan expressions -- that, and all his collaborations with former SNL mate Adam Sandler, who's put him in just about every movie he's done. Hey, when's Little Nicky 2 coming out? Ask Nealon when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 24. Through Saturday, June 26. Laff Stop, 1952 West Gray. For a full schedule, call 713-524-2333 or visit www.laffstop.com. $20 to $29.50. -- Bob Ruggiero
Get the Skinny
These days, with chipper folks like Jessica Simpson and Justin Timberlake dominating music, there isn't much for a goth/industrial fan to get happy about. Except for this: Skinny Puppy is back in business. The duo (cEvin Key and Nivek Ogre) is bringing its often shrill, always genre-inspiring sound on a world tour. Expect Puppy scenes of old: an audience of Marilyn Manson and Robert Smith look-alikes gazing at freakish figures writhing on stage to the electronic equivalent of banshees screaming from hell. Why, it's enough to make a goth smile. 9 p.m. Sunday, June 27. Club V at the Verizon Theater, 520 Texas. For tickets, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. $26.50. -- Steven Devadanam
Like your music experimental? Josh Russell, a biochemist, left San Diego and ended up in Livingston, Texas, to start an electro-acoustic ensemble. Now that's experimental. See what the former chemist and his fellow avant-garde musicos (including Houstonian James Eck Rippie) concoct at a "Night of Experimental and Improvisational Music." 7 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Commerce Street Artists Warehouse, 2315 Commerce. For information, call 713-226-7897 or visit www.commercestreet.org. $5. -- Steven Devadanam