Stage

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 ...



Bewitching

JIMMY FOWLER
Although The Dance on Widow’s Row isn’t advertised as a Halloween show, Jubilee Theatre’s latest comic outing offers up a carnival whirl of splendidly garish costumes, the unearthly mojo of North Carolina folk...


Agile Acting

JIMMY FOWLER
Famous playwrights don’t offer succinct explanations of their plays very often. Of course, Steve Martin was famous as an absurdist comic star long before he tackled playwriting, so he didn’t have any kind of literar...



Legs and Tails

LEONARD EUREKA
Last weekend at Bass Performance Hall, there were many bright spots in Texas Ballet Theater’s season-opening performance of The Russian Masters, a repertory program that showed some of the company’s strengths in fam...


Falling Water

JIMMY FOWLER
By the end of last weekend’s performances, Amphibian Productions artistic director Kathleen Anderson Culebro must’ve been sick of all the jokes she was hearing about the production’s title, Three Days of Rain....