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Wendy Welch (dressed as the Wicked Queen) and Shannon J. McGrann (dressed as Snow White) bicker on their way to a costume party in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Snow White and the Half-Naked Man

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike gather for agreeable farce at Stage West.
Kristian Lin
Even during Anton Chekhov’s life, people were parodying his plays. They’re easily identifiable targets, with their Russian aristocrats sitting in drawing rooms with their ennui and commenting on the weather. Of course, the ...


Christopher Dontrell Piper and Whitney Coulter prepare for work in Sunset Baby.

To Love Somebody

Jubilee Theatre’s Sunset Baby gets a lot but misses the tragedy.
Kristian Lin
Dominique Morisseau is from Detroit, and she wants to be to her hometown what August Wilson was to Pittsburgh — the theater world’s teller of tales of the great city. However, her most recent play, Sunset Baby, is set in Ne...



Though the title of Jiri Kylian’s 1991 ballet losely translates into “little death,” an old French euphemism for “orgasm,” there wasn’t really anything sexual or erotic onstage.

Texas Ballet Theater: In Fine Form

Though a tad redundant, Artistic Director’s Choice was Grade-A quality.
Leonard Eureka
Repertory programs showcasing three or four short ballets, with a pas de deux thrown in sometimes for spice, have been the savior of small companies for decades. Little or no scenery and simple costumes keep production costs lo...


Mark Landson and pianist Thiago Nascimento are bringing the classics to the unwashed twice a month at the Live Oak. Photo by Serkan Zanagar.

New Ways

Bringing art music to the masses
Edward Brown
Violist Mark Landson has spent the better part of his 25-year career pondering the question that’s commonly on the minds of classical musicians: How the heck do you get average music lovers as excited about art music as they ...



Talise Trevigne goes mad in the fourth act of Fort Worth Opera’s Hamlet.

To Be or Not to Be … French

Fort Worth Opera gives some great singers to a Shakespearean rarity.
Kristian Lin
While some of William Shakespeare’s other plays have inspired more than one great opera, Hamlet seems to have resisted the operatic treatment through the centuries. Despite the play’s swordfights, court intrigue, and great ...


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Dog Days Are Here

Fort Worth Opera’s production of a family in postapocalyptic America is chilling and unforgettable.
Edward Brown
The stage of W.E. Scott Theatre looked like your typical Middle-American home: nondescript dinner table, disheveled living room, a bedroom. But a closer look revealed that right outside the house was a 20-foot stack of full gar...



La Traviata at the Fort Worth Opera.

Sumptuous La Traviata

Fort Worth Opera’s production of the Verdi classic dazzles.
Leonard Eureka
The only technical glitch in Fort Worth Opera’s opening-night production of La Traviata at Bass Performance Hall was the overhead translating screen. It didn’t light up until well into the show. Other than that, everything ...


Jim Covault shows Nate Davis what he means by the color Red in Stage West’s new production.

Red: Creative Blocks

In its new production, Stage West searches for Mark Rothko’s true colors.
Kristian Lin
Unlike, say, writers, visual artists can be illuminating to watch at work, which is why so many films and plays are about painters or sculptors. Showing an actor daub paint on canvas or carve a block of material into a sculptur...



Gabriel Lawson, Gil Pritchett, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, and Kyndal Robertson show their flower power in Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.

Black Songs Matter

The moment is ripe for Jubilee Theatre’s Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.
Kristian Lin
Right now, we all could use a little more African-American righteous anger in our lives. If you don’t believe me, just watch the videos of poor Walter Scott and Eric Harris being killed by cops. Or you can watch something tha...


The Imbroglio Sextet — (from left to right) Sydney Guillaume, Cara Pollard, Alvaro Santiango, David Otto, Lucia Nuin, Salvador Contreras, and Javier Navascues — will launch its regional tour Friday at The Live Oak.

Imbroglio Sextet’s Grace

Featuring members from Spain, Michigan, and California — and Fort Worth — this new ensemble was created to help young Haitian music students.
Edward Brown
Cara Pollard’s 30-year career has been a balancing act between sitting in academia and following her restless spirit all over the world. With her trumpet in hand, the TCU professor has been to Europe, South America, and, perh...