Arts

Personal Jesus

Books
The Oscar-nominated 2006 film Jesus Camp may have been a documentary, but it played more like a horror movie to non-religious people and to liberal believers.


Illuminating

Stage
As the audience files in before the start of Amphibian Stage Production’s Gutenberg! The Musical!, the bellow of Broadway legend Ethel Merman charges out from the sound system.



Dark Ages

Local author Phil Vinson limns the depths of depression in his debut novel.
Books
Local writer and retired journalist Phil Vinson has published his first work of fiction – and it’s a good one, although I suspect it is not altogether fictional.


Plain-spoken

Local author Jarid Manos spares no detail in telling of his troubled youth and inspired adulthood.
Books
There are a lot of hard-knock stories that follow a character from the bottom of society’s barrel to a better life full of clean living.



Glove the Blood

Vampire-boxers, vampires, and non-Hollywood folk duke it out in The Butterfly Connection’s new show.
Stage
Give theatergoers a knotty plot to unravel, new ideas to understand, complex issues to mull over, and chances are they’ll enjoy the mental work involved.


High Score

Scott Kurtz has done the seemingly impossible: achieve 10 successful years in the webcomic biz.
Books
Few people make it in the world of online comics. Few people probably even know that online comics exist.



Brains and Brawn

FWO’s Of Mice and Men registers its impact in small doses that, unpredictably, add up in the end.
Stage
Last Saturday night at Bass Performance Hall, during the final scene of Fort Worth Opera’s production of Of Mice and Men, I got a little misty-eyed.


Absolutely Fabulous

With Turandot and Lucia di Lammermoor, the Fort Worth Opera Festival continues climbing to new heights.
Stage
You couldn’t have asked for bigger contrast than the Fort Worth Opera Festival’s opening in Bass Performance Hall last weekend.



Graceful

From cast to stagehands to music, Fort Worth Opera’s production of Angels in America is nearly immaculate.
Stage
Perhaps the best way to describe Fort Worth Opera’s production of Angels in America, composer Peter Eötvös and librettist Mari Mezei’s adaptation of playwright Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning...


Waxing Aimless

There’s a lot of movement but not much point to The Book of Liz at Theatre Arlington.
Stage
Just before last Saturday’s performance of The Book of Liz, a Theatre Arlington staffer gave an odd little speech to the audience.