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Ebony Marshall-Oliver stars in Neat, a companion piece of sorts to playwright Charlayne Woodard’s Pretty Fire.

Not so Neat

Racism is messy business in Jubilee’s new one-woman show.
JIMMY FOWLER
Actor Ebony Marshall-Oliver was born and raised in a small south Louisiana town called Donaldsonville, although her family had moved to Atlanta by the time she was in high school. At 35, Marshall-Oliver is too young to have wit...


Carolyn Judson and Lucas Priolo danced the titles roles in Texas Ballet Theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

TBT’s Romeo and Juliet

Texas Ballet Theater did justice to The Bard’s tragic love story last weekend.
LEONARD EUREKA
It’s been a rough five years for arts groups, thanks to a topsy-turvy economy. Texas Ballet Theater has been forced to give up live music accompaniment and to pare down some administrative jobs. But the first night of the com...



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Glory Won’t Be Denied

Fort Worth Opera wins
EDWARD BROWN
For an opera company known for cultivating young talent and taking on newer, contemporary works (as well as re-envisioning classics), Fort Worth Opera has lagged woefully behind in one area — recording and releasing albums. H...


Kristi L. Mills (left), Jerry Downey (top), Duke Anderson, and Taylor Staniforth star in Circle’s latest.

Bear the Predictability

A crack cast overcomes boilerplate characters in Circle Theatre’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
“I’d rather have a bear in my lap than a pregnant liberal!” snaps Kyle (Duke Anderson) to his wife Nan (Taylor Staniforth) after she’s duct-taped him to the ratty old recliner in their rural Georgia home. His words soun...



Alessandro Deljavan’s wonderful performance probably had ’13 Cliburn jurors wondering why they didn’t send him to the finals.

Red Stars

The FWSO and Cliburn medalists pay tribute to the late pianist and the music he loved so much.
LEONARD EUREKA
In a tribute to the late Van Cliburn, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra turned its annual pre-season festival into a three-day all-Russian extravaganza last weekend. Each of the three programs featured a finalist from last spri...


Pine: “You can’t be a diva.” Courtesy MYphotographyNYC

An Opera Star in Cowtown

Ava Pine is building a national career, but she keeps coming back to Fort Worth.
EDWARD BROWN
The juxtaposition is striking: Ava Pine is building her career largely on 19th-century music, but she’s doing it with 21st-century tools. Two years after Marc’ Antonio e Cleopatra, on which she sang the female lead, was nom...



Luke Longacre, Brandon J. Murphy, and Scott Zenreich are an unholy yet hilarious trio in Amphibian’s current production.

All the Word’s a Stage

Amphibian opens The Good Book to a lighthearted interpretation.
JIMMY FOWLER
One of the performers in Amphibian Stage Productions’ raucous, oddly endearing production of the comic revue The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) offers this jokey prayer: “May we be hysterical but not heretical....


Director Bosquez: “I’d always considered one [of the characters] to be an angel with clipped wings and another one to be undead like Nosferatu.”

Godot Awaits

Rob Bosquez helms Drag Strip Courage’s production of the classic oddity at Arts Fifth Avenue.
JIMMY FOWLER
Samuell Beckett’s 1953 tragicomedy Waiting for Godot is one of those avant-garde plays that everyone’s heard of but most people haven’t actually seen. It has a reputation for being remote, intellectual, and difficult to u...



The dancing was first-rate during Ballet Concerto’s annual summer program.

Soldiering On

Despite some setbacks, Ballet Concerto’s annual summer concert was a blast.
LEONARD EUREKA
During its four-day annual outdoor concert last weekend, Ballet Concerto had to fight through two major setbacks. Usually the company has to worry about only the weather. Too hot, too wet. But this year during set-up week, vand...


Conductor Andres Franco had a blast at Concerts in the Garden Saturday.

Concerts in the Garden: Groovy, Man

EDWARD BROWN
Alright, I’m going to say it. The Woodstock-themed Concerts in the Garden last Saturday was groovy. It was a happenin’, far out, psychedelic show that hit all the right buttons. Concerts in the Garden has been going strong ...