(From left to right) Ian McEuen, Vanessa Becerra, and Sandra Lopez star in Fort Worth Opera’s production of With Blood, With Ink.

The Healing Arts

Fort Worth Opera’s With Blood, With Ink wrings beauty out of tragedy.
Composed by Daniel Crozier with a libretto by Peter Krask, With Blood, With Ink poses a centuries-old question: Can art palliate human tragedy? Many people find comfort in socially conscious art. Works like the Oklahoma City Na...

Anastasia Muñoz (left) and Katherine Bourne star in Stage West’s lively production of Orlando. Buddy Myers

Orlando Blooms

A man is transformed to a woman in Stage West’s production of a Woolf classic.
Although John Gray’s bestseller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus was a pop culture phenomenon more than 22 years ago, its basic premise –– that the sexes are controlled by virtually insurmountable, biologically det...

Sam Swanson, Lydia Mackay, and Garret Storms are looking for love –– and shelter and answers — in the ’Phibs’ current production, Hunting and Gathering. Daylon Walton

Hunting and Gathering: Rootless and Roofless

In Amphibian Stage Productions’ latest, “home” is more than just an address.
“How come all the jobs I can do are not the jobs that will pay me to live like an adult?!” angrily declares Ruth (Lydia Mackay), a New Yorker in her late 30s without a regular home or stable employment. Ruth is the oldest o...


Tarrant County Live Theatre Awards

You always hear about people sacrificing their lives for their art, but what does that mean? “Sacrifice” might be a strong word, but the actors, directors, designers, tech people, administrators, and volunteers who work reg...


Cliburn at the Modern Goes High with Higdon

If only seeing world-renown composers perform was as easy as strolling to the neighborhood art museum. Last Saturday was one of those rare days. Cliburn at the Modern is a fairly low-key event as far as Van Cliburn Foundation a...

Texas Ballet Theater dived into modern territory recently with spectacular results.

Voices, Arms Raised

Modern choreography finds Texas Ballet Theater in fine form.
For a small regional company with a modest budget, Texas Ballet Theater rarely ceases to amaze, producing performances that are grand and memorable. Since artistic director Ben Stevenson took over 10 years ago, bringing with hi...

Call for Artists

Deadline for submissions is midnight, Friday, March 14, 2014
In anticipation of our Fourth Annual Visionary Awards, to be presented to three outstanding up-and-coming Fort Worth artists in various disciplines, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company is crafting a special autumnal beer for us. Bu...

Alexandra Lawrence and William Earl Ray star in Amphibian Stage Productions’ latest.

Bank Job: Laughs and Loot

Though the characters’ backstories could have been heftier, Amphibian’s current production glimmers like gold.
“Do you think we’ll be assigned the same prison cell?” a terrified Russell (Leicester Landon) asks his brother and criminal accomplice Tracey (Marshall York) soon after the two have committed armed robbery. Russell obviou...

Allison Pistorius and Chris Hury battle for psychosexual supremacy in Circle’s Venus in Fur.

Venus in Fur: Take a Bow

A crack cast neutralizes the cringe-inducing and bolsters the delicious in Circle’s latest production.
“Don’t we go to plays for the passions we don’t get in life?” asks playwright-director Thomas (Chris Hury) to Wanda (Allison Pistorius), a young actress auditioning for Thomas’ latest script. Given that Wanda is weari...

Kern really opened up after intermission. Rodger Mallison/The Cliburn

The Piano in the Piano

Olga Kern inaugurates a new classical music venue at the Kimbell.
The Van Cliburn Foundation took first dibs at inaugurating the handsome recital auditorium in the Kimbell Art Museum’s new Renzo Piano Pavilion last week, and most of it was memorable listening. Russian pianist Olga Kern, co-...