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“Boeing-Boeing” Takes Flight

Circle Theatre director Robin Armstrong has high hopes for this period farce.
Jimmy Fowler
Who says the life of a theater artist isn’t glamorous? During a recent phone interview, director Robin Armstrong was also busily dyeing several pairs of women’s panties. They’re for one of the actresses in Cir...


Texas Ballet Theater Mixes It Up

All dourness aside, TBT’s mixed repertoire programs had Bass Hall rocking.
LEONARD EUREKA
Mixed repertoire programs can be a tough nut to crack. Without the unifying music and storyline of a full-length work, success depends on lining up shorter ballets that make a satisfying evening together. Texas Ballet Theater, ...



Stage West Hosts This Morgana Shaw

Though no stranger to Tarrant County filmmakers, This veteran actress is making her local stage debut.
JIMMY FOWLER
To call North Texas stage, film, and TV actor Morgana Shaw “versatile” is an understatement. Onstage during the last couple of years, she has played a limbless sideshow freak; a foul-mouthed, leather-clad disco singer at a ...


God’s Trombones Boom

Jubilee, celebrating its 30th anniversary, dusts off a holiday classic.
JIMMY FOWLER
To celebrate its 30th anniversary season, Jubilee Theatre wanted to reach back into the past for a holiday show that was beloved by old-timers but that would also offer newcomers an alternative to the Nutcracker/Christmas Carol...



Rudolph Brightens Casa

The beloved ’60s stop-motion TV special comes to life on Casa Mañana’s stage.
JIMMY FOWLER
Joe Sturgeon joined the staff of Casa Mañana as Director of Theater for Youth in July 2009. He’s directed many of the kids’ shows there and acted in some of the adult productions –– in October, he played Melvin P. Thor...


A Fifth of Christmas Celebrates

The single, the childless, and the grieving are criminally neglected during the holidays. SceneShop’s here to help.
JIMMY FOWLER
For many Fort Worth theatergoers, SceneShop’s annual holiday show A Fifth of Christmas at Arts Fifth Avenue is the must-attend event of the season. This collection of comic and dramatic sketches, monologues, and musical inter...



Texas Ballet Theater Digs In

TBT has a new headquarters but still no live music.
LEONARD EUREKA
It’s taken a while, but Texas Ballet Theater finally has quarters that allow it to rehearse in the same size space as the Bass Performance Hall stage, TBT’s main performing venue. The benefits were seen in season-opening pe...


FWSO My!

The orchestra shines under the big top, though contract negotiations remain at a standstill.
LEONARD EUREKA
As the administrative honchos of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the musicians’ union continued their behind-the-scenes contract negotiations last week, the orchestra itself played a slam-dunk program that blew the feat...



Mao’s Last Dancer

TBT’s Ben Stevenson is a character in this rags-to-riches tale of Li Cunxin.
LEONARD EUREKA
Mao’s Last Dancer is the ultimate rags to riches saga. The film is based on the life of dancer Li Cunxin. Born dirt-poor in a remote Chinese village, he made it halfway around the world by age 20 to become a principal dancer ...


Pantagleize’s Home for Sad Songs

The Fort Worth company inaugurates its new space with an original production.
JIMMY FOWLER
When Richard Blake joined Pantagleize Theatre as managing director last fall, he told co-founder and artistic director Violet O’Valle that he intended to find the tiny company a permanent home. Pantagleize had been staging it...