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Thursday Morning Roundup

A CAROL CONVERSATION: If it’s December, that means the Dallas Theater Center is staging A Christmas Carol. And today at 1, Joel Ferrell – who’s directing the play – and SMU professor Beth Newman will be guests on Think. They’ll talk about what the show can teach us about Victorian life and history. And while we’re talking Christmas Carol, the reviews of this year’s show have been pretty positive. “Ferrell treats the show as a combination of a big musical and the kind of epic storytelling that went into the Royal Shakespeare Company’s famous version of another Dickens book, Nicholas Nickleby,” Lawson Taitte writes on dallasnews.com. “It’s both spectacular and heartwarming.” Lauren Smart was also pleased. “Next year will be an all-new production at the Wyly Theatre and though this version will be missed — in its final year A Christmas Carol reaches a new level of refinement,” she writes on theaterjones.com.

WRIGHT STUFF: If you’ve taken in DTC’s Christmas Carol, then you’ve also received the added bonus of visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater. If you’re a fan of Wright, a trip to the Arlington Museum of Art is probably in order. That’s because the museum is currently home to “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara,” an exhibition detailing the building of a home he designed in West Lafayette, Ind. Gaile Robinson writes on dfw.com that the exhibit “lacks visual punch,” but, it, “will be of great interest to fans of the egomaniacal yet truly gifted architect, and lovers of midcentury architectural design will appreciate Wright’s jewel box of house, with all of the integrated details and furnishings.” It’s up through Feb. 17.

BOOZE FOR BOOKS: Are you a published author? Does a free drink sound good? Then Friday is your day.