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Mary Dunleavy and Sean Panikkar bask in love’s warm glow in Fort Worth Opera’s production of La Bohème.

Vocal Majority

Strong singing kicks off Fort Worth Opera’s 2013 festival.
LEONARD EUREKA
There was no pressure for Sean Panikkar Saturday night –– after all, he was just singing the same role that Placido Domingo and Stephen Costello sang here before, just as their careers were taking off. But the Sri Lankan te...


(From left to right) Michael McMillan, Morgan McClure, Montgomery Sutton, Chip Wood, and Jenny King star in Circle Theatre’s current production.

Star Over Boise

Circle’s latest is a masterstroke in accessible sublimity.
JIMMY FOWLER
Idaho-born playwright Samuel D. Hunter is a hot property on the American stage right now, thanks in large part to his most recent Off-Broadway show The Whale, about a 600-pound man trying to reconnect with his daughter. Circle ...



Seen in this rendering, the Piano Pavilion Performance Hall is part of the Kimbell’s $135 million expansion.

A Sound Structure

The Kimbell gives the Cultural District a new amenity.
EDWARD BROWN
The Cultural District has long been a source of great pride for Fort Worth, offering everything from Renoirs and Warhols to the annual Stock Show and Rodeo. But one thing has always been missing from the Westside area: a music ...


Though stand-up comedy and live music are incorporated into the Kittens’ revue, the real stars are the women themselves.

Meow Mix

There’s more to The Velvet Kittens than just burlesque.
JIMMY FOWLER
At venues across North Texas, the theatrical dance ensemble known as The Velvet Kittens perform variety shows inspired by the classic styles of vaudeville, cabaret, and burlesque. But first-time audience members thinking about ...



Van Cliburn won the inaugural Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, a year after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik and seemed to be at a distinct advantage.

Van Cliburn (1934-2013)

The tall, skinny Texan leaves an indelible mark on local culture.
LEONARD EUREKA
Fort Worth took a double whammy last week with the passing of Van Cliburn, the iconic pianist for whom the Cliburn International Piano Competition is named, and major arts patroness Nancy Lee Bass, whose name, along with that o...


Libby Hawkins Roming and Nathan Dibben star in Stolen Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Cold Shakes

Stolen Shakespeare Pursues The Winter’s Tale.
JIMMY FOWLER
The last eight months have been very busy for Jason and Lauren Morgan, the married co-founders and artistic directors of Stolen Shakespeare Guild. Along with producing, co-directing, and co-starring in three shows for the Guild...



A play with music (rather than a musical), Jubliee’s Black Pearl Sings demands nuanced performances.

Black Pearl Shines

Jubliee’s latest production skillfully handles some delicate race matters.
JIMMY FOWLER
“You are an authentic doorway to the past,” Susannah (Lana K. Hoover), an Anglo song collector for the Library of Congress, tells Pearl (Liz Mikel), an African-American prisoner in a Texas jail in the 1920s. The white lady ...


Lisa Fairchild and Mark Fickert (left) face off against Leah Layman and Brad Stephens in Circle’s latest.

Undercooked Carnage

A faulty script full of obviousness undermines a valiant effort by Circle Theatre.
JIMMY FOWLER
Civilization, basically, is a set of rules to which people frequently don’t adhere. That short, rather obvious statement sums up the plot, themes, and performances of Circle Theatre’s lively but insubstantial staging of the...



Cindee Mayfield (right), Brandi Andrade, and Elias Taylorson make not-so-strange bedfellows in Theatre Arlington’s current production.

Existential Excellence

Theatre Arlington’s cast shines in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
JIMMY FOWLER
“I have ambiguities that you have yet to fathom!” angrily shouts overeducated, understimulated Marjorie to her husband, Ira, a retired ear-nose-and-throat doctor. By all rights, many audiences should find Marjorie supremely...


Dana Schultes and Michael Corolla star in Stage West’s new production, about a young man who washes up on shore in a Nazi-occupied island in 1943.

Gabriel Ascends

On a Nazi-occupied island, strong women and children take wing.
JIMMY FOWLER
Theatergoers tired of plays with overly introspective characters and navel-gazing actor monologues, take heart: Stage West’s production of Moira Buffini’s WWII drama Gabriel, which opens this weekend, is full of women of ac...