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Lois Sonnier Hart and John S. Davies star alongside Emily Scott Banks (seated) in Circle Theatre’s creepy new production.

Hand from the Grave

Circle Theatre’s Ghost-Writer is a tense, taut, and perfectly seasonal treat.
JIMMY FOWLER
About midway through Circle Theatre’s tense psychological drama Ghost-Writer, Myra Babbage (Emily Scott Banks), secretary to a renowned novelist, describes her boss’ methods: “Only by changing the facts could he make some...


Elizabethans will battle zombies at Arts Fifth Avenue this month. Tony Robles

Brainy Humor

Drag Strip Courage tackles a mashup of The Bard and the undead.
JIMMY FOWLER
A lot of theater artists feel an obligation to speak of William Shakespeare in reverent tones, as if performing the words of The Bard is an unquestionably noble enterprise. Actor and director Seth Johnston, who formed the small...



Security guy Massey (Bryan Massey) is on the case in Ghostbreakers, a forthcoming ghost-hunter TV spoof.

Who Not to Call: Ghostbreakers

Finally, this Fort Worth-fueled paranormal satire will see the light of day.
JIMMY FOWLER
It’s been almost four years since actor Gabriel Horn, a former Fort Worthian who now lives in Los Angeles, first conceived the idea for Ghostbreakers, a TV show that spoofs the “paranormal reality” genre. He and his buddy...


Sherry Hopkins (top), Hannah McKinney, and Becca Shivers (bottom) star in Circle’s production of the 1944 British farce See How They Run.

More Funny Brits

Circle Theatre’s latest is the brightest in a string of door-slamming farces.
JIMMY FOWLER
Are Fort Worth audiences farced out? Apparently not, judging by the prolonged and hearty laughter that greeted a recent performance of Circle Theatre’s current British comedy See How They Run. Philip King’s 1944 script, set...



One of the standouts of the festival was British pianist Leon McCawley.

FWSO’s America

Inspiring music rang through Bass Hall last weekend.
LEONARD EUREKA
Last weekend in Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presented its second American Festival, but if the company was expecting an attendance repeat of last year’s successful, inaugural festival, maestro Miguel ...


No experience? No problem. Newbie actors (from left to right) Frederick Cleveland Quince, Gary Whitaker, and Mike West join veteran thespian Richard Don Simms in Pantagleize’s Texas-ified version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Bard in Texas

Pantagleize funnels Shakespeare through twang and old-timey music.
JIMMY FOWLER
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been the favorite Shakespeare play of Violet O’Valle, founder and artistic director of Pantagleize Theatre. She’d never considered directing a production of it, however, until she heard ...



Chuck Huber (left) and Carman Lacivita star in Amphibian Productions’ crisp production of The Understudy.

Amphibian Metamorphosis

A “lost” Kafka script is brought to life in the theater company’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
The adjective “Kafkaesque” gets tossed around a lot, but rarely has it applied more literally than in The Understudy, Theresa Rebeck’s sly show business comedy that’s currently receiving a tart and appealing production ...


Dana Schultes and Jerry Russell make an odd pair in Stage West’s current farce.

West of Normal?

What the Butler Saw was a lot of sexual freedom, according to Stage West.
JIMMY FOWLER
Comic playwright Joe Orton wrote with an agenda, and he didn’t try to hide it. As a gay man who’d been marginalized by British laws and the medical profession’s attitudes toward homosexuality in the 1950s and ’60s, he s...



Russian Anna Bulkina dominated the showcase of burgeoning piano talent.

PianoTexas Wrap-Up

TCU’s annual festival featured some spellbinding performances.
LEONARD EUREKA
Every summer TCU’s PianoTexas Festival shows off brilliant young talent in two concerto programs in Ed Landreth Auditorium accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Six pianists, three per program, are selected by fes...


STEVEN POUNDERS CO-STARS WITH A FISH PUPPET IN CIRCLE’S LATEST.

“Mistakes Were Made” at Circle

Jimmy Fowler
Circle Theatre’s area premiere of Mistakes Were Made will close this Saturday (June 30). Craig Wright’s comedy about a New York stage producer trying to salvage his professional and personal life with an ill-conceived Broad...