Stage

Butterfly Helps Illegal Gringo Crosser

Paul Edwards and Adam Dietrich hook up for a new comedy pilot.
JIMMY FOWLER
A little more than two years ago, Paul Edwards decided that the time had come to chase his lifelong dream. He owned a successful safety food consulting business that brought financial security to his family. His two children we...


La Llorona Haunts Amphibian

Taco Hell: Culebro’s new dramedy is stuft with cultural dissonance.
JIMMY FOWLER
One of the things that inspired Kathleen Anderson Culebro to write La Llorona, her supernatural-tinged drama currently being staged by Amphibian Productions, was the attempt by Taco Bell to open a series of fast-food restaurant...



Copenhagen Chills Stage West

Acting acrobatics or bracing theater? Copenhagen loves the former.
JIMMY FOWLER
Every so often, Heisenberg’s 1927 principle of uncertainty –– a foundation of quantum mechanics –– pops up as a theme in art. The Coen brothers’ acclaimed recent comedy A Serious Man depicted a Midwestern Jewish pro...


Circle’s Opus Rings True

A crack ensemble cast makes the most of a sweet script but sour ending.
JIMMY FOWLER
Here’s a prediction: You won’t find a more gripping ensemble performance in North Texas this year than the performance by the five actors who kick up passionate sparks in Circle Theatre’s current production of...



Jubilee Turns to Phyllis Cicero

The actor-director is the perfect fit for From the Mississippi Delta.
JIMMY FOWLER
When veteran North Texas actor-director Phyllis Cicero got the assignment from Jubilee Theatre artistic director Ed Smith to direct From the Mississippi Delta, she wasn’t familiar with the autobiographical play or its aut...


TBT Delivers Romeo and Juliet

Texas Ballet Theater's Bass Hall production soared.
LEONARD EUREKA
With a string of first-class dancers on hand last weekend in Bass Performance Hall, Texas Ballet Theater presented four performances of Romeo and Juliet that included four different Romeos, three Juliets, and multiple dancers i...



The Decade Onstage

JIMMY FOWLER
This list of 10 great shows doesn’t pretend to be anything like a comprehensive critical overview of Fort Worth theater in the ’00s. I’ve missed too much — and likely forgotten too much — to attemp...


Nutty

LEONARD EUREKA
It’s no secret that The Nutcracker‘s great box-office appeal is a fabulous boon for dance companies. In a recent newspaper interview, New York City Ballet director Peter Martins said that his company’s month-l...



Christmas Presence

JIMMY FOWLER
The December holidays draw ticketbuyers who would never dream of darkening a theater door the rest of the year. They seek traditional, familiar shows, and theaters naturally oblige. Stage critics, who fastidiously observe the f...


Taking Wing

JIMMY FOWLER
Many years ago, when Violet O’Valle was a drama teacher in Houston public schools, she discovered a collection of scripts by the great Irish playwright Sean O’Casey in a campus basement. O’Valle, a descendant ...