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Soprano Carter Scott stars as Tosca, with tenor Roger Honeywell as Cavaradossi (left) and baritone Michael Chioldi as Scarpia, in Fort Worth Opera’s production of the Puccini classic.

Opera Festival Time

The annual Fort Worth Opera Festival is here, loud and clear.
LEONARD EUREKA
Good ideas don’t always translate into success, but Fort Worth Opera’s festival format, alternating performances of four productions in a month-long residency, mostly at Bass Performance Hall, has been a bell ringer from th...


Meg MacCary and Bradley Campbell star as the titular gossips in Amphibian Stage Productions’ Mr. & Mrs. Fitch.

Us, Weekly

The scene is still the same in the ’Phibs stargazing current production.
JIMMY FOWLER
When Douglas Carter Beane’s comedy Mr. & Mrs. Fitch made its off-Broadway debut in 2010, New York critics were almost universally harsh in their condemnations of it. Beane is a much-loved playwright and screenwriter in th...



Jenny Thurman and Todd Hart star as the formerly married singing duo Pete ’n’ Keely in Theatre Arlington’s current production.

Reunited

Pete ’n’ Keely get back together to remain relevant in Theatre Arlington’s current production.
JIMMY FOWLER
Todd Hart, executive producer of Theatre Arlington, didn’t have to do much prep work for directing and co-starring in Pete ’n’ Keely, the biting Off-Broadway musical comedy about a pair of a middle-aged entertainers whose...


Comedy is the only thing that ever “felt right” to Josh Johnson.

Johnson Jokes

Fort Worth comic Josh Johnson isn’t what you’d expect.
ZACK SHLACHTER
At the Addison Improv in late January, Josh Johnson, a slender 22-year-old Fort Worth comedian, dropped an unusual piece of information at the beginning of his set, before the crowd could form any superficial impressions. “I ...



Claudia Acosta stars in Artes de la Rosa’s theatrical production of Electricidad.

Electricidad: Still Scary

Artes de la Rosa tackles a Latinized version of Sophocles’ Electra.
JIMMY FOWLER
Yvonne Duque first encountered playwright Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad –– a contemporary version of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Electra set in an urban gang milieu –– in an issue of the magazine American Theatre back in ...


Jason Wooten and Adam Hose in Rent.

Gays Gone By

Fort Worth Weekly
Two plays from the 1990s that tackle gay issues open this weekend. Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer and multiple Tony-winning Rent takes the stage at Casa Mañana through next weekend. Though the contemporary take on Puccini’s La...



Stage West’s Sports Page

The media are the messages in a first-time playwright’s take on sports reporting.
JIMMY FOWLER
It’s been a long time coming for this weekend’s world premiere of Larry Herold’s comedy The Sports Page at Stage West. The playwright wrote the first version of his script — about a young reporter witnessing cultural an...


Pantagleize’s Dead Awaken

Ibsen is at his most surreal in the Fort Worth company’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
It’s hard to overestimate the influence of 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen on theater and, in particular, the modern English-speaking stage. With plays like A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the Peopl...



Storms in New Jerusalem

A newbie tackles Baruch Spinoza’s heady philosophizing in Stage West’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
When Garret Storms auditioned last year for Stage West’s current production of David Ives’ New Jerusalem, his hopes weren’t particularly high. He’d just returned to Fort Worth to live with his family after earning a BFA...


Young Santa Claus

The jolly fat man gets the musical backstory treatment at Casa Mañana.
JIMMY FOWLER
The problem with Santa Claus is that he’s so ubiquitous during the holidays, he’s become a bit of a bore. People think of him as a big fat symbol of generosity (commercialism?) rather than a character with a backstory –...