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Flights of Fancy

Van Cliburn gold medalist Alexander Kobrin brought an inquisitive, authoritative touch to some semi-obscure music at the Caruth last weekend.
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The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has sifted through a lot of talent over the years, with most winners falling somewhere between the scholarly intensity of Radu Lupu and the sweeping romanticism of Olga Kern. But ...


Women’s Lib-ido

Theatre Arlington revives a spicy, classic Steve Martin adaptation whose early 19th-century theme still proves relevant.
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With their fervent and cunning production of Steve Martin’s adaptation The Underpants, Theatre Arlington and director B.J. Cleveland have done something unexpected — reminded ticketbuyers of the original Martin, a hyper-sil...



A Dream Not Deferred

One of Ed Smith’s earliest professional aspirations was to run an African-American theater — now he’s at one of the best.
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Ed Smith, the man who has replaced the late Rudy Eastman as artistic director of Jubilee Theatre, has taught graduate level theater courses in prestigious universities as well as directed productions at regional stages across t...


To the Stars

For new talents, Metroplex opera is quite the launching pad, as Stephen Costello has proved.
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In his major American debut more than 40 years ago, tenor Plácido Domingo sang Edgardo in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. (He had previously sung the walk-on role of Normano in the same piece for the Da...



Dash It, ‘Jeeves’!

Stage West’s adaptation of an old piece of ‘light writing’ reveals its subversive, prescient edge.
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In 1957, the prolific author and playwright P.G. Wodehouse said, “I go in for what is known in the trade as ‘light writing,’ and those who do so are looked down upon by the intelligentsia and sneered at.” Indeed, certif...


Slavery’s Many Faces

In The Willie Lynch Letters, The Butterfly Connection examines the whip’s reach through time.
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If you skipped the Rose Marine Theatre last Friday night, you missed one of the more, um, unique moments to occur in Fort Worth theater in quite a while: a sock-puppet play in which 19th-century methods of slave punishment were...



Playthings No More

Both MCB and TBT deliver rousing renditions of the holiday classic, the Nutcracker.
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Two major Nutcrackers come our way each December, in addition to the countless studio versions that dot the landscape.


Glossed Over

Depending on where you sit, Stage West’s version of As Bees in Honey Drown is either fun or clichéd.
Jimmy Fowler
Americans love the idea of the “self-made man,” or of the woman who takes charge of her life and becomes the person she was meant to be.



No Strings Attached

Buoyed by a major arts grant, a local puppeteer takes his burlesque puppet show on the road.
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Ricki Vincent is a large, bald, 47-year-old man covered in colorful tattoos who makes puppets do bad things. Not gossip or siphon gas from neighbors’ cars, or murder people like that creepy dummy from Magic. The Fort Worthian...


Stale

Circle Theatre’s Bus Stop isn’t the problem — we are.
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If you want to check out a dandy example of the difference between film and stage acting, watch the 1957 romantic comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. It features Laurence Olivier, commonly cited as a titan of 20th-century theater.