Arts
(From left to right) Wendy Welch, Dana Schultes, and Natalie Wilson King star in Stage West’s outstanding new drama.

Dark Themes

Presumptions about The Other lead to disaster in Stage West’s production of The Unmentionables.
JIMMY FOWLER
“I think any progressive person has the ability to recognize problems in other parts of the world,” insists Jane (Dana Schultes), an American TV actress who’s impetuously joined her missionary fiancé Dave (Jake Buchanan)...


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Hard Twist: Brutal, Beautiful Ranch Women

NICOLE CRITES
For folks who managed to grow up in cowboy country without learning a thing about ranch life, a hard twist refers to the old-time Manila hemp lariat rope that is tightly twisted or hard twisted. It can also be used to describe ...



TBT

TBT’s Swan Lake: Full Bloom

LEONARD EUREKA
Since taking over Texas Ballet Theater 10 years ago, artistic director Ben Stevenson has presented a wealth of full-length ballets here that he created during his long tenure with the Houston Ballet. One of the most rewarding i...


STAGE

Remembering Bruce Wood

Things were beginning to brighten up for the young but legendary Fort Worth choreographer.
LEONARD EUREKA
North Texas lost one of its most original choreographers last week. Bruce Wood died in Fort Worth, reportedly of a heart attack and complications of pneumonia. He was 53. Best known for his namesake group, the Bruce Wood Dance ...



BOOKS

Days of Shame

In a new book, Fort Worth’s E.R. Bills shines a light on the 1910 Slocum Massacre.
MARGARET ALLYSON
Nobody really knows why a group of white men went on a killing spree in the small East Texas town of Slocum in 1910. And until recently, nobody seemed to want to remember the shameful incident. Erroneously reported by some news...


Like the real-life Ma Rainey, Valerie Houston’s character is a diva of the first order.

Blues Breakers

In Jubilee Theatre’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the existential conversation is spiked with racial drama.
JIMMY FOWLER
When August Wilson’s scorching drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom made its New York debut in 1985, it was just the second non-musical show authored by an African-American to receive a Broadway production. You had to go back alm...



Meg Shideler (left) and Julienne Greer star in Circle Theatre’s powerful The Other Place.

The Other Place: Catharsis

In Circle Theatre’s current production, a serious subject is handled with nobility and tact.
JIMMY FOWLER
For the most part, contemporary audiences have lost their appetite for tragedy as an art form, not to mention the en masse sharing and purging of grief that it allows. Back in the 4th century B.C.E., Aristotle famously describe...


Christopher Burchett, a Scottish bagpiper, and Chad Johnson have a tense first meeting in no- man’s-land in Fort Worth Opera’s Silent Night.

Christmas Songs

Fort Worth Opera tackles an unlikely episode of wartime unity in Silent Night.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you think movies are guilty of recycling plots, you should take a look at opera. The art form has been borrowing stories since it began centuries ago (think of Monteverdi ripping off Greek mythology and Roman history), and i...



Fort Worth Opera's production of the Mozart classic is set in the roaring '20s instead of 18th-century Naples, one of several delightful and mostly humorous touches.

Fort Worth Opera Swings into Mozart

EDWARD BROWN
The plot for Mozart’s Così fan tutte could easily be mistaken for that of an ’80s sitcom. The maestro and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte used dramatic material (jealous boyfriends, philandering girlfriends, cheating, flirting...


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Partying with Ed Harris at USA Film Festival

EDWARD BROWN
Last Sunday’s screening of Frontera at the 2014 USA Film Festival in Dallas was a candid glimpse into a great film and the world of acting. The room at the Angelika Film Center was packed with Hollywood heavyweights: actors, ...