Stage

Go Before Night Falls

Fort Worth Opera’s production of Reinaldo Arenas’ memoir is a testament to art.
ANTHONY MARIANI
One of the coolest moments last Saturday at the world premiere of Fort Worth Opera’s Before Night Falls happened before the first note was even struck or sung. In a “zine” handed out by the ushers along with the playbills...


Fort Worth Opera Sings

Don Giovanni and The Elixir of Love prove to be splendid additions to the annual festival.
LEONARD EUREKA
Comedies from both ends of the spectrum opened the Fort Worth Opera Festival last week at Bass Performance Hall: Don Giovanni, Mozart’s dark look at amorous dalliance, and Donizetti’s frothy The Elixir of Love. Both product...



Tammy Gomez Emerges

The Fort Worth poet’s new multimedia production is a real breakthrough.
JIMMY FOWLER
Whenever something challenging happens to poet and spoken word artist Tammy Gomez, she immediately asks herself one question: How can I turn this into art?


Great American Trailer Park Packs a Punch

Circle Theatre’s latest production is raunchy but not gratuitous.
JIMMY FOWLER
Throughout the first act of Circle Theatre’s production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, I had the nagging sensation that this raucous, perfectly detailed staging reminded me of another artist’s work that I could...



Stage West Tames The Lonesome West

Playwright Martin McDonagh’s vicious tale is de-fanged.
JIMMY FOWLER
Over the last 15 years, playwright Martin McDonagh — born in England to Irish parents — has pioneered a one-man theater of cruelty. His most famous plays feature desperate, amoral people languishing in contemporary Ireland ...


Spelling Bee Scores

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is given an uproarious reading by Theatre Arlington.
JIMMY FOWLER
The word “cartoonish” is typically used as an insult, but it describes all the best qualities of Theatre Arlington’s tearfully funny staging of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — brightly colored, sharply draw...



TBT Revives The Sleeping Beauty

Texas Ballet Theater’s only slightly marred productions were rousing overall.
LEONARD EUREKA
The Sleeping Beauty is a lot for any ballet company to chew on. It includes an enormous cast, many solos, lots of character dances, large ensembles, three changes of elaborate costumes over four acts, crowd scenes galore, and a...


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...