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This is a story about a young girl who learns to sing with help from a kindly tutor and escapes a fascist regime. … Nope, not quite right. It's the story of a telekinetic girl who rebels against an oppressive family. … Nope, not that either. Matilda is actually a meta-textual musical that calls into question the very form of its telling and affirms some deeper truths about the power of stories and community. Well, yes, but … The truth of the matter is that Matilda is kind of like The Sound of Music, Carrie the Musical, and Into the Woods—but it's also it's own unique story, a musical that's both straight-ahead and meta, breaking the fourth wall to tell a story about wish fulfillment and standing up for oneself, with enough of original weirdness to keep things lively. Adapted from Roald Dahl's 1988 children's novel Matilda, the musical is jangly and sly, with infectious tunes and lyrics that bite. In the end, it isn't just about children, or for children (though it is certainly both of those things). It's also pretty perfect for those who like to retain a little bit of childhood optimism and wonder at the world. And that's welcome no matter the story. March 16-19, 7:30 p.m.; March 18-19, 2 p.m.; $29-$127. –Jacob Coakley Matilda the Musical at ReYNOlds hall thru march 19 18 Saturday, 10:30 P.m. lOuie aNdeRsON PReseNts: the aF teR shOW at the sPace Benjamin Britten's operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's psychological play A Midsummer Night's Dream takes a musically dynamic and assured team to stage, which is why UNLV has employed both its Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra to perform it. Arrive 30 minutes early for a discussion about the work. Judy Bayley Theatre, $15-$25. –Mike Prevatt a MidsuMMeR NiGht's dReaM at uNlV 18 thru march 18 Adult films are typically viewed in the privacy of one's home, but this weekend they'll be out in the open at an event featuring movies in a va- riety of catego- ries, plus panels, workshops, live appearances from adult stars and "a bounce house with topless ladies." Noon-7 p.m., $35-$60. –Josh Bell adult FilM FestiVal at eROtic heRitaGe MuseuM 16 & march 19 At this exact moment, Louie Anderson might be best known for his Emmy Award- winning performance as Christine Baskets on Zach Galifianakis' show Baskets, but he's been on Vegas stages forever—since 1984, to be exact, "when I played the Comedy Store at the Dunes with Harry Basil, of all people, who's at the Tropicana's Laugh Factory now," he says. "In the old days, Vegas used to have a real scene, whether it was people's houses or different lounges or restaurants, where all the comics hung out and maybe performed." Anderson is teaming with Mark Shunock to create such a scene at Shunock's venue the Space, where the new monthly After Show launches Saturday. "I'm gonna be there, and so are other comics in town, and it's going to be an anything-goes kind of thing." Act now if you want to be part of this scene, because there's only room for 150. $20, thespacelv.com. –Brock Radke 16 06 0 3 . 1 6 . 1 7 l a s v e g a s w e e k ly

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