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Not Beloved

JIMMY FOWLER
The line of dialogue that best addresses the flood of human misery unleashed in Jubilee Theatre’s extraordinary production of The Bluest Eye comes early in the show. One of the characters says, “There is really noth...


Almost, Main Street

Jimmy Fowler
After last Sunday’s matinee performance of Almost, Maine, actor and Theatre Arlington artistic director B.J. Cleveland made a startling announcement to the audience: “We’ve been told that the Fort Worth Star-T...



Stirring

JIMMY FOWLER
Who said that nothing’s shocking anymore? Circle Theatre has prepared a spicy holiday recipe to delight and disorient audiences by taking eight attractive, enthusiastic moppets; teaching them dialogue and songs that illus...


Stirring

JIMMY FOWLER
Who said that nothing’s shocking anymore? Circle Theatre has prepared a spicy holiday recipe to delight and disorient audiences by taking eight attractive, enthusiastic moppets; teaching them dialogue and songs that illus...



Not a Hard Shell

Leonard Eureka
For the first time in years, Texas Ballet Theater’s opening performance of the traditional seasonal favorite The Nutcracker last Friday didn’t pack the house. Only about half of the 2,100 seats were occupied. Also f...


No Country for Old People

Jimmy Fowler
In most live theater productions, “audience participation” is limited to measured reactions from the house, including the requisite applause after musical numbers and during the curtain call. A spirited standing ova...



Still Stormy?

Leonard Eureka
Texas Ballet Theater may be down financially, but it isn’t out artistically. Last weekend’s performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Stormy Weather at Bass Performance Hall showed the group to be in better shape t...


Trapped in the ’Net

Jimmy Fowler
Most theater artists think that audiences for serious live drama are graying, dwindling, and not being replenished with young ticket-buyers. The latter’s attention span, the old saw goes, has been impaired by the non-dema...



Eastern Stars

JIMMY FOWLER
You needn’t have suffered a wretched family holiday to appreciate The Long Christmas Ride Home, though it may help. Stage West is currently performing Paula Vogel’s bitterly funny portrait of one freezing-cold, trea...


Behind Your Ballet

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Like all nonprofit performing arts institutions, Texas Ballet Theater has its hobgoblins to battle: meeting projected attendance figures, coming in under budget, generating new fans and potential donors – all part of the ...