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Stage West’s Arms

An 1894 Shaw classic doesn’t seem topical. However …
JIMMY FOWLER
At one point during Stage West’s top-shelf revival of George Bernard Shaw’s 1894 comedy Arms and the Man, a seasoned manservant tutors a lady’s maid on the secret to being a successful servant: “The key to get on as a s...


TBT’s Giselle: New Heights

Texas Ballet Theater puts on ethereal but visceral production of theRomantic ballet.
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Giselle, a Romantic ballet from the 1840s, travels from happiness to tragedy to a redemptive finale, leaving you moved and glowing rather than exhilarated by the end. Girl doesn’t get boy, as in many storybook ballets; rather...



FWSO’s American Celebration

No redneck rockers, thankfully. Just the holy trinity of Copland, Bernstein, and Gershwin.
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In a dramatic change of direction, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra turned its focus from traditional European fare to American theater and concert music for FWSO’s annual pre-season festival in Bass Performance Hall last we...


Becky’s New Car Stalls

Despite impeccable acting and an exhilarating start, Circle’s latest comes up short in the end.
JIMMY FOWLER
There’s a revealing bit of wisdom expressed by the title character of the bittersweet marital comedy Becky’s New Car, set to begin its final weekend of performances at Circle Theatre. Becky (Lisa Fairchild), a charming and ...



Battleground Wittenberg

Dr. Faustus and Martin Luther fight for Hamlet’s soul in Amphibian Stage Production’s current show.
JIMMY FOWLER
For a show that explores sober themes like the conflict between faith and reason, Amphibian Stage Productions’ Wittenberg has a surprising amount of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Playwright David Davalos’ highly litera...


November Reign

Stage West tackles an acerbic political satire.
JIMMY FOWLER
Stage West’s current production of David Mamet’s acidic political comedy November is the fourth show directed by Dana Schultes, who serves as the company’s director of development. She is, of course, well known to Fort Wo...



Purple Piano Texas

The annual TCU workshop/festival featured some of the best playing you’ll hear all year.
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For 30 years now, one of the most ambitious and popular extracurricular programs at Texas Christian University has been the annual Piano Texas International Academy and Festival. Every year, the intensive month-long music camp ...


Texas Ballet Theater’s Best

Along with TBT’s stellar Don Quixote, some pieces by Bruce Wood Dance Project also enlivened the weekend.
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For lovers of story ballets, there’s none more entertaining than Don Quixote, at least the version created by Texas Ballet Theater director Ben Stevenson, which had its North Texas premiere last weekend in Bass Performance Ha...



Trinity Shakes Rosalind

The TCU festival recruits a top-notch talent to tackle one of The Bard’s greatest characters.
JIMMY FOWLER
If any Shakespearean character deserves to be rediscovered by contemporary audiences, it’s Rosalind from As You Like It (probably written in the year 1600). Literary critics and amateur bardolators alike have long been infatu...


Julius Caesar Reigns

Baroque opera indeed has a local audience.
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In its 65-year history, the Fort Worth Opera had never performed a Baroque opera until last week, when Handel’s Julius Caesar was presented in Bass Performance Hall (with a reprise on Sunday). And what a debut: visually stunn...