Fear not, patient Art&Seek-ers. Stephen returns tomorrow, barring any cliff-diving mishaps. Until then: Opera thing/chick thing: In its opening weekend, Ft. Worth Opera Festival presents two diametrically opposed feminine archetypes back-to-back: Carmen’s the “bad” girl who values freedom and passion beyond her own life. Cinderella … well, someday, her prince does indeed show up. No [...]
On Saturday, the University of Dallas threw a retirement party for theater department chair Patrick Kelly and his wife — theater teacher, critic and former KERA producer — Judy Kelly. At the request of the late UD president Don Cowan, the two Kellys more or less created the UD drama program from scratch 41 years ago.
For its 33rd season, Fort Worth’s Hip Pocket Theatre has announced a collection of shows that reflect founder Johnny Simons’ long-held interests, including Beat poetry, pulp fiction and pop prophecy. Notable this season will be a bigger theater venue and a new five-year lease on the city-owned property on Silver Creek Road.
Last week, at opening night of Kitchen Dog Theater‘s current campy, bloody Mayan version of Titus Andronicus, artistic director Tina Parker had fun telling the audience that the company’s new season would be announced soon. Actually, it seemed almost as if she were taunting us to get on their e-mail list. If you didn’t take [...]
Jerome spent the morning conducting grueling interviews at the Dallas Theater Center. Or so he said…. Fortunately, my spies are everywhere.
At Theatre 3′s 47th birthday party Wednesday Theatre 3′s new season was announced — and Theatre Too’s, too. As usual, the roster includes a number of area premieres and first local productions, particularly of smart, smaller-scale Broadway and off-Broadway musicals. But see if you can spot something of a theme — perhaps even an obsession [...]
It’s the last week for The Norman Conquests, the trilogy of comedies by Alan Ayckbourn at Stage West, and so The New York Times thoughtfully provides an update on the playwright, who at 70 has recovered from a stroke a few years ago. He’s healthy enough these days to start on an adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
A North Texas cable TV special: Comedian Paul Mooney performed last night at the Dallas mens’ club, the Lodge. His “adult material” set was taped by Dallas video production company AMS Pictures to air on Showtime this fall. The 67-year-old outspoken comic is a former writer for Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and was a regular [...]
Currently at the Water Tower Theatre, the comedy Based on a Totally True Story has an onstage narrator, a gay man named Ethan, who writes plays and comic books. Ethan relates how he met his domestic partner in New York and how he got into filmmaking in Los Angeles. In Hollywood-speak, the two men “meet cute.” And the play pretty much stays cute.
itus Andronicus is the high-minded snuff film of Shakespeare’s tragedies. It’s grotesque, overblown, declaiming slipping in blood and falling on its face.The new Kitchen Dog Theater staging — a co-production with Southern Methodist University’s drama department –