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Curtain call featuring (from left to night) Buddy Brae, Corrie Donovan, Cecily Gordon, Chrisian Bester, Ricky Ian Gordon, Colleen Mallette, Jenna Meador, Amy Stewart, Alison Whitehurst, and Anthony Fortino

Beautiful Festival of American Song

EDWARD BROWN
America has left an indelible mark on the world of vocal music, thanks in no small part to composers like George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, among others. The American song genre can be difficult to define, though, since it pul...


John Forkner, Scott Zenreich, Alexandra Lawrence, and Brandon Murphy star in the Phibs’ uproarious new play.

Smells Funny

A budding medieval plastic surgeon comes of age in Amphibian Stage Productions’ new comedy.
JIMMY FOWLER
“The nose is the seat of the face!” declares Ulrich (Brandon Murphy), a medieval master plastic surgeon from Vienna, to Gavin (Scott Zenreich), an orphan and surgeon-in-training. The eager young protégé wants to learn the...



(From left to right) Mary Jane Greer, Seth Johnston, and Laura Lutz Jones star in Drag Strip Courage’s production of Pinter’s giddy romp Old Times. Lee Chastain

Drag Strip’s Pinter Play

Local modern troupe tackles the legend’s wily Old Times.
JIMMY FOWLER
Much has been written about the enigmatic, vexing work of British playwright, screenwriter, director, and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, who died in 2008 at the age of 78. He began his career on the 1950s London stage, writing c...


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Jubilee’s Black Boy Fly: Powerful Drama

NICOLE CRITES
Today (Sunday) at 3 p.m. is your last chance to catch Jubilee Theatre’s production of Black Boy Fly, young Jordan E. Cooper’s powerful 40-minute drama about racism, anchored by the George Zimmerman trial. The setting is the...



(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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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...



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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 ...


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...