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JIMMY FOWLER
Depending on how you look at them, Andy Warhol’s famous early short films Kiss (1963) and Blow Job (1964) are either cunning scams on a credulous Modern art audience or truly innovative blendings of film and portraiture. ...


The Shape of Things

JIMMY FOWLER
Chalk it up to fate, or astrology, or good genes destined to collide, but it’s not surprising that two of Fort Worth’s best actors would become romantically involved, and then committed partners, and then parents. J...



Hard-Earned

JIMMY FOWLER
Judging by last Sunday’s matinee at Theatre Arlington, the arc of the universe bends not just toward justice but also toward farce. What else explains why on July 5, 2009 — 233 years and a day after a bunch of ungra...


Bardolatry?

JIMMY FOWLER
Last Friday night’s performance of Twelfth Night proved that Willie’s name is still box-office gold. The house was sold out. But were the good people attending this debut season of Trinity Shakespeare Festival guilt...



No Doubt

JIMMY FOWLER
In Circle Theatre’s production of Hail Mary!, an actor tells a joke that sounds like a classic from parochial school circles: During a holiday celebration, a refreshment table is set with plates of apples and cookies. In ...


Tone Deaf

JIMMY FOWLER
With a relatively small collection of scripts to her name, New York playwright Sarah Ruhl has been praised as one of the premier American stage scribes of the still-young 21st century. She studied at Oxford, won the prestigious...



Keyed In

JIMMY FOWLER
Sometimes the reputation of greatness can be stifling. That’s the conclusion you arrive at if you’ve seen other, frequently staid August Wilson productions and compare them to Jubilee Theatre’s simmering, roil...


Magic Numbers

JIMMY FOWLER
Jazz lovers and other cultists were likely the only ones to catch last month’s fleeting obituary for singer-composer Blossom Dearie, who died at 84. She had a small but utterly recognizable voice that combined all kinds o...



FWO Measures Up

LEONARD EUREKA
**ONLINE EXCLUSIVE** It isn’t every day that you see and hear a near perfect ensemble in a Rossini opera, especially one of the comedies. Something vocal or visual inevitably falls short. The vocal demands, up one side of...


Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

JIMMY FOWLER
The theater gods are beaming down on Cowtown this month. Playing concurrently now are two ferociously accomplished dramas: Jubilee Theatre’s pristinely tragic The Bluest Eye (“Not Beloved,” Feb. 4, 2009) and S...