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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....


Rabbit Redux

JIMMY FOWLER
What a strange play is Harvey, Mary Chase’s 1944 Pulitzer Prize winner. It’s as dated and syrupy sweet as a fruitcake, yet it also contains punchy comic repartee and an otherworldly charm that’s grown more pot...



Hot Shorts

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...