What’s a day’s work worth without a story to tell?
By Jackie Hoermann-Elliott
Based on a book by radio legend Studs Terkel, Working: A Musical was the first play that Jubilee Theatre Director William Earl Ray ever produced. And that was back before the veteran Austin area native was acting or directing f...

Texas Ballet Theater’s version of DGV was quite a jolt.

TBT: On Pointe

Texas Ballet Theater rendered two contemporary pieces with aplomb.
Leonard Eureka
Taking on two hefty contemporary works for its season-opening program in Bass Performance Hall last weekend – Carlos Acosta’s Carmen and Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse – Texas Ballet Theater looked ...

Hundreds of supporters came out to Shipping and Receiving last Sunday to hear musicians from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Persevering for the Public

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians may be on strike, but they aren’t being silent.
Edward Brown
It definitely wasn’t Bass Hall. As cool and rocking and rolling as Shipping & Receiving is, it’s not where you’d expect to hear music of the kind regularly produced by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Well, now irre...

Liz Mikel, Justin Duncan, Aaron Green, Natalie Wilson King, and Djoré Nance suck on their Bootycandy at Stage West.

Two at Stage West

We review very different shows in Bootycandy and An Iliad.
Kristian Lin
Since my other duties at this publication leave me too busy to go to stage shows on a weekly basis, I thought I’d take the opportunity to take in both of the plays currently running at Stage West and write them up for you in ...

Bass Hall’s production of The Sound of Music was quite a ride.

Favorite Things

Nobody puts Mother Abbess in a corner.
The triumph of the human spirit sounds uninspiring after having been sung by the same characters with the same voices for over half a century. To conductor Jay Alger’s credit, The Sound of Music that echoed through Bass Hall ...

The cast of Artes de la Rosa’s "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" sings of the glories of Madrid.

Madrileños Locos

Adam Adolfo says goodbye to Artes de la Rosa with this airy musical.
Kristian Lin
A little more than a month ago, the news dropped that Adam Adolfo was leaving his job as artistic director of Artes de la Rosa after seven years. It was saddening to hear, especially for those of us who remember the troupe befo...

Kelsey Milbourn and Justin Lemieux (right) are separated by bureaucracy in the form of Matthew Minor in Amphibian Stage Productions’ Crossing the Line.

Park Bench Plays

This is not a play about Donald Trump’s wall, Brexit, or any government office involving a row of disgruntled, time-pressed people. But it could be. In Crossing the Line, playwright Kieran Lynn roasts bureaucracy on a big sti...

Curtis Raymond Shideler, Bob Hess, Ben Phillips, and Jerry Downey hammer out artistic differences in Circle Theatre’s Don’t Talk to the Actors.

I’ve Been Played

Real talent is wasted on fake wit in Circle Theatre’s backstage comedy Don’t Talk to the Actors.
Kristian Lin
Oh, goody. Another play satirizing the world of the theatuh and the pretensions of the brilliant egomaniacs and thin-skinned artisans who inhabit it. If you’re going to tread this well-worn ground, you’d better bring someth...

Alexandra Farber and Jiyan Dai danced the pas de deux with beautiful, gentle lines.

Grab Your Partner

Texas Ballet Theater proves its dancers are masters of classical and contemporary.
Leonard Eureka
Texas Ballet Theater’s ability to perform evening-length classics and contemporary dance pieces with equal ease was brought to mind last weekend when the company presented a trio of modern works in Bass Performance Hall: the ...


Poe Notes

Fort Worth Opera tackles Edgar Allan with mixed results in Buried Alive and Embedded.
Kristian Lin
Horror is particularly hard to do on the stage. A theater director doesn’t have the editing tricks and CGI available to filmmakers, nor can he or she allow the viewer’s imagination to fill in details the way a prose writer ...