An extraordinarily powerful performance of Berg’s “Wozzeck” adhered to a long tradition that the Santa Fe Opera will continue in a time of uncertainty in the world of opera.
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A president is losing his re-election bid and sets out to raise the necessary campaign funds any way he can — including canceling Thanksgiving and marrying lesbians on TV. Stage West presents the Texas premiere of David Mamet’s political satire ‘November.’
A Philip Glass-Allen Ginsberg collaboration from 1990, ‘Hydrogen Jukebox’ is another smart bit of counter-programming by the Fort Worth Opera. The chamber opera about Ginsberg’s America, circa 1950s thru ’90s, can be potent, even ravishing — when it isn’t tiresome.
The Dallas Theater Center’s ‘Cabaret’ may takes its cue from Sam Mendes’ hit revival of 1993 – putting theatergoers right in Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub. But director Joel Ferrell has made some crucial changes to this often-changing musical — and created a chilly, smart, disturbing hit.
‘Red Light Winter’ plays like a comic buddy movie — two guys go to Amsterdam for the sex — but aims to be a brutal Neil LaBute drama. The weak get savaged and the prostitute isn’t who she says. Second Thought Theatre’s production is nothing less than outstanding.
Sunday afternoon’s performance of Rigoletto in the Winspear Opera House was unusually consistent in the strength of its vocalists while pleasing the eye and maintaining emotional intensity.
Playwright Horton Foote provided us with a long-term chronicle of changing-unchanging Texas life, and the Horton Foote Festival allows us to see that panorama — in front of Texas audiences, who pick up on the points about Methodists or Mexicans, real-estate bankruptcies and Whataburger. Jerome Weeks reviews the Dallas Theater Center’s uproarious ‘Dividing the Estate’ and Stage West’s gentler ‘Talking Pictures.’
Don Graham has written books about the way Hollywood treats Texas and the way Texas treats authors. The writer-at-large for Texas Monthly also has a habit of riling up readers with his dry take-downs of Mary Karr’s “Cherry” or Cormac McCarthy’s appearance on Oprah. We talk with Graham about ‘Giant’ and the TV show ‘Dallas,’ about why Sea World has a statue of Katherine Anne Porter – and a listener calls in to tell us about being JR’s chef.
See the death-defying escape from the crate of (tiny) killer rubber scorpions! Thrill to the great knife-throwing act with the Silver Daggers of Orion! What, we’ve only got butter knives? No matter, it’s the amazing “Memphos!” and this sputtering, erratic, funny sideshow act by Matt Posey proves that vaudeville isn’t dead. It’s just passed out.
It’s not just that August Strindberg cracked open such a taboo topic as sexual power games. It’s that he handled it in such a radically stripped-down fashion. ‘Creditors’ has three characters, one set, no intermission; it’s a compact vial of toxic emotions. Broken Gears’ new adaptation is handsome, compelling and stark — and just short of great.