Arts

Glossed Over

Depending on where you sit, Stage West’s version of As Bees in Honey Drown is either fun or clichéd.
Jimmy Fowler
Americans love the idea of the “self-made man,” or of the woman who takes charge of her life and becomes the person she was meant to be.


Water Marks

A New Orleans writer’s collected columns document everyday life post-Katrina.
Books
By his own admission, Chris Rose spent most of the last 10 years “reveling in the frivolity of the entertainment industry.” As a columnist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, he churned out quirky copy detailing everythi...



No Strings Attached

Buoyed by a major arts grant, a local puppeteer takes his burlesque puppet show on the road.
Stage
Ricki Vincent is a large, bald, 47-year-old man covered in colorful tattoos who makes puppets do bad things. Not gossip or siphon gas from neighbors’ cars, or murder people like that creepy dummy from Magic. The Fort Worthian...


Stale

Circle Theatre’s Bus Stop isn’t the problem — we are.
Stage
If you want to check out a dandy example of the difference between film and stage acting, watch the 1957 romantic comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. It features Laurence Olivier, commonly cited as a titan of 20th-century theater.



Cheesy Humor

Local puzzlemaster and prankster Robert McKee spins misplaced pizza delivery orders into comedic delicacies.
Kultur
Misplaced phone calls will forever terrorize our homes. For normal people, it’s a nuisance. For Fort Worth’s Robert McKee, it’s manna from the comedy gods.


A Tiara for TBT

There’s nothing sleepy about this Beauty.
Stage
Of Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets — Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty — the last is the most engaging, some would argue his best. The Russian composer reveled in giving life to fantasy, and the fairy tale of a...



Trippin’

Taking on August Wilson’s ‘Joe Turner,’ Jubilee succinctly conjures the play’s hallucinatory vibe.
Stage
A year ago this month, the much-feted playwright August Wilson died of liver cancer at age 60, and theater companies have reacted by reviving so much of his work that it has practically constituted a national Wilson festival. H...


Classy Stuff

From the Met to mildew: An incredible collection of Fort Worth art is unearthed at a local middle school.
Jeff Prince
The private art collections into which New York City’s legendary Metropolitan Museum of Art digs for gems to borrow and exhibit usually belong to either aristocratic families or multi-national corporations. But in 1950, when ...



Herded But Not Heard?

Kultur
Per the old adage, the revolution will not be televised — and it won’t be heard, either. If anyone thought that radio was owned by the political right, their minds were quickly changed this spring by Hispanics and their...


Posse Prose

A bunch of Fort Worth scribes collaborate on a Western that hits more often than it misses.
Books
A baker’s dozen of Texas writers have set egos — and some might say common sense — aside to write a collaborative novel (which might be better described as a novel of unexpected outcomes) about the adventures and misadven...