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A Lone Star at Piano Texas

Cheng Zhang stood out in the always-pleasing annual TCU festival.
LEONARD EUREKA
A classical music star was born last week at the final concert of the Piano Texas Festival in TCU’s Ed Landreth Auditorium. If one performance of one concerto is a reliable yardstick, 20-year-old Cheng Zhang’s journey throu...


Leading Ladies Lights Up

The cast of Theatre Arlington’s current production buoys shopworn material, and Ballet Concerto prevails.
JIMMY FOWLER
In the angsty, ironic world of contemporary American theater, there is perhaps no gutsier statement for a playwright to make than “My plays are successful if they give people joy, if they uplift them and change them in some p...



Gem of the Ocean Glitters

Mystery and transcendence color Jubilee’s latest production of an August Wilson classic.
JIMMY FOWLER
With the current production of Gem of the Ocean, Jubilee Theatre has given the late August Wilson’s lyrical 2002 drama its Southwest premiere. As directed by Akin Babatunde, the play is a big gift box full of historical, spir...


Trinity Shakes’ Hamlet Onboard

With Andrew Milbourn in the lead, The Bard’s drama will crown the annual festival.
JIMMY FOWLER
Actor Andrew Milbourn first tackled the title role of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet three years ago in a TCU production. He was an undergraduate whose only previous experience with the Elizabethan playwright was an eighth-grad...



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...