The Dallas Theater Center’s ‘Henry IV’ isn’t so much a deluxe version of Shakespeare’s history plays as a thin and forcibly stripped-down one. Simplifying both parts of ‘Henry IV’ is often done, of course. But this seems to be director Kevin Moriarty’s basic Bard approach: Keep it fast and all over the place. Then drop in a pop song or two.
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For its season-opener — a condensed version of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, pts 1 & 2 — the Dallas Theater Center has cast actors from all three of the DTC’s historic acting companies. The play’s about history, too, you see. And generations. Inheritances. Get it?
The musical, ‘It’s a Bird . . . It’s a Plane . . . It’s Superman’ originally flopped on Broadway in 1966, but attracted by the musical score and its comic-book source, the Dallas Theater Center has poured money and talent into trying to make it fly. In his review, Jerome Weeks considers how it may take some mad scientist-genius to fuse the comic book and the Broadway musical.
Only days after the Dallas Theater Center opened It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman — one of its most ambitious and expensive projects — the company announced that it will start searching for a new managing director. Its current one, Mark Hadley, plans to leave the DTC after the 2010-2011 season starts in September.
THAT’S A WRAP: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2009-10 classical series this weekend with a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony. And it sounds as if you’d better get thee to the Meyerson.
LET’S GET SUPER: Are you getting all geeked up for the Dallas Theater Center’s It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!, which opens June 18? The show had its first rehearsal on Friday, which, as Jerome reported, turned into a Superman history lesson.
Why have theater-symphony-arts announcements become media events? Because they need to get attention. And for the Dallas Theater Center, it’s upcoming revival of the musical, ‘It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!” is important. Which is why people were gathered at the Wyly Theatre Friday …
Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty discusses his plans for the season and why he will expand the number of shows in this Q&A:
Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty announced the Dallas Theater Center’s 2010-11 season this morning at a gathering on the 10th floor patio atop the Wyly Theatre. We’ll get to that in a second, but first, a couple of newsy bits:
When he was at the Water Tower Theatre, monologist Mike Daisey moderated a panel on “How Theater Failed America” — and with the recent announcement of the Brierleys’ $1 million gift to the Dallas Theater Center, the debate goes on: Is there some other financial path theaters can follow?