INTO THE WOODS: Second Thought Theatre wraps up its ninth season with In a Forest, Dark and Deep. The Neil LaBute play centers on a brother and sister who work through their difficult relationship while out in the nature. And the show’s received an array of responses from the critics. Lindsey Wilson was into it. “With the regional premiere of In a Forest, Second Thought Theatre proves once again that one of its main strength lies in coaxing out raw emotion from characters who perhaps don’t always come equipped with a deep well,” she writes on Front Row. “What LaBute has left wanting, Second Thought and director Regan Adair supply in waves.” Kris Noteboom was also intrigued. “This is indeed a challenging show,” she writes on theaterjones.com. “Both characters are brutal in their own ways, whether it’s the constantly abrasive language hurled between the two or the dark character traits, and flaws, exposed by the unending conversation. But that’s also what makes the show so appealing.” Lawson Taitte, meanwhile, was underwhelmed. “LaBute’s plot has something of the thriller about it — though it’s not hard to stay a step or two ahead of its twists and turns,” he writes on dallasnews.com. “The title suggests some sort of mythic or Grimm brothers underpinning, but this production, at least, doesn’t feel all that resonant.” Judge for yourself through Aug. 31.
LOCAL MUSIC BITS: BuzzFeed has rounded up the “27 Breathtaking Record Stores You Have To Shop At Before You Die,” and making the list is Forever Young Records in Grand Prairie. (buzzfeed.com) … UNT alum Leanne Macomber has a new project – Ejecta – which pairs her with Joel Ford. Take a listen to the first single, “Jeremiah (the Denier).” (gorillavsbear.net) … Donald Fagen and Walter Becker preview Steely Dan’s swing through town next week at the Verizon Theatre. (dfw.com)
THE HOWARD HAWKS FILES: On Sunday, the Kimbell Art Museum is partnering with the Lone Star Film Society for a screening of Only Angels Have Wings. The 1939 film follows the manager of a small airmail service (Cary Grant) as he navigates difficult delivery routes through the Andes. Howard Hawks directed the movie, and before you go see it, take a few minutes to read the Hawks primer on the Lone Star web site.