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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.



A Tiara for TBT

There’s nothing sleepy about this Beauty.
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Of Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets — Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty — the last is the most engaging, some would argue his best. The Russian composer reveled in giving life to fantasy, and the fairy tale of a...


Trippin’

Taking on August Wilson’s ‘Joe Turner,’ Jubilee succinctly conjures the play’s hallucinatory vibe.
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A year ago this month, the much-feted playwright August Wilson died of liver cancer at age 60, and theater companies have reacted by reviving so much of his work that it has practically constituted a national Wilson festival. H...



No Moz-aleum

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If Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya had led an all-Mozart Festival six years ago when he first came to town, it would have been a cautious, tentative journey. His youthful forays into 18th-century mus...


Hell to the Chief?

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It’s assumed that the majority of regular theatergoers lean a little bit to the left politically. If that’s true, then the myriad presidential misdeeds by our current clueless leader must be much on the minds of the audienc...



Turn of the Screw

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Playwright, screenwriter, and tv scribe Richard Dresser once told an interviewer, “I’ve had occasion to work at a series of jobs ranging from a plastics factory where I made G.I. Joe’s thighs … to Hollywood, where I...


Foot Faddish

Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella outshines his former company’s trendy, modern approach.
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When Ben Stevenson left his long-time directing job with Houston Ballet four years ago to join Texas Ballet Theater, he brought along with him … Houston Ballet?