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Brains and Brawn

FWO’s Of Mice and Men registers its impact in small doses that, unpredictably, add up in the end.
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Last Saturday night at Bass Performance Hall, during the final scene of Fort Worth Opera’s production of Of Mice and Men, I got a little misty-eyed.


Absolutely Fabulous

With Turandot and Lucia di Lammermoor, the Fort Worth Opera Festival continues climbing to new heights.
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You couldn’t have asked for bigger contrast than the Fort Worth Opera Festival’s opening in Bass Performance Hall last weekend.



Graceful

From cast to stagehands to music, Fort Worth Opera’s production of Angels in America is nearly immaculate.
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Perhaps the best way to describe Fort Worth Opera’s production of Angels in America, composer Peter Eötvös and librettist Mari Mezei’s adaptation of playwright Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning...


Waxing Aimless

There’s a lot of movement but not much point to The Book of Liz at Theatre Arlington.
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Just before last Saturday’s performance of The Book of Liz, a Theatre Arlington staffer gave an odd little speech to the audience.



Fly By Night

TBT revives Dracula and longs for a new eastward lair.
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Not long after he took over Texas Ballet Theater five years ago, director Ben Stevenson produced Dracula.


Top Registers

With Crowns, Jubilee traces the history of African-American headwear wonderfully, if a little hastily.
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For Jubilee Theatre’s current gospel musical, Crowns, set designer Judd Vermillion has turned the back wall of the stage into what looks like a lady’s hat store in the 1930s Deep South.



By Foote

A Texas playwright’s 1953 odyssey gets a spirited reading by Fort Worth Theatre.
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The program for Fort Worth Theatre’s current revival of The Trip to Bountiful mentions at least three times that the city’s 53-year-old stage institution is “a community theater.”


Dying with Dignity

In Jubilee’s new production, the only gray areas are in the characters’ psyches.
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There’s no need for issuing “spoiler alerts” with a play titled A Lesson Before Dying.



A Turn (and Jump) for the Better

TBT’s Nutcracker has always been a pleasure but is a must-see this season.
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From a humble American beginning at the San Francisco Ballet under war-rationing restrictions in 1944, The Nutcracker has become a national Christmas tradition, performed by seemingly every dance company in the country, every y...


Burning Brightly

Local stage-lighting designer Chad R. Jung is an artist in his own right.
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I’ve been a theater critic for about a dozen years now, and I’ve never heard anyone say, “I can’t wait to see that show! I heard the stage lighting is awesome!”