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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...


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...