Stage

Texas Ballet Theater Digs In

TBT has a new headquarters but still no live music.
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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.
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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.
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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...



Cuban Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Artes de la Rosa opens up to the American repertory to establish a cultural dialogue.
JIMMY FOWLER
Adam Adolfo, executive director of Artes de la Rosa, spent many hours researching the life and artistic philosophies of playwright Tennessee Williams before staging the Latino performing arts group’s current production of Cat...


FWSO Goes for Baroque

The bright spots- figuratively and literally-were manifold in FWSO's preseason Music Festival.
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Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya started the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s preseason Music Festival some years back to provide summer employment for the musicians while at the same time exploring offbeat programming. Beginning...



More than 39 Steps

The actors do more than just recite lines and block in Stage West's take on a Hitchcock classic.
JIMMY FOWLER
Stage West has never been afraid to set up unique theatrical challenges for its actors. The company’s 2007 production of Marie Jones’ Stones in His Pockets featured two performers playing 15 Irish characters of different ge...


Cowtown Puppetry Festival

Hip Pocket Theatre's annual celebration of the lovable artform is in full swing.
JIMMY FOWLER
Theater artist Erin K. Orr, 36, spends most of the year in New York City, but she likes to “summer” in Texas. It’s not the hundred degree-plus temperatures that bring her to Fort Worth in August, though: For eight consecu...



Is He Blue?

Blues in the Night marks the departure of Jubilee Theatre artistic director Ed Smith.
JIMMY FOWLER
Back in 1992, Jubilee Theatre artistic director Ed Smith saw a Los Angeles production of Sheldon Epps’s jazz and blues revue Blues in the Night. Although it starred his friend, the soul singer Freda Payne, he wasn’t much im...


Something Intangible Shines

Circle Theatre’s current production looks back on Walt Disney’s Fantasia.
JIMMY FOWLER
The story of the brilliant artist as raging egomaniac is an appealing one, probably because it allows us to see our worst character traits as somehow contributing to something creative in the world. Playwright Bruce Graham appa...