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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...


Richard Haratine, Brent Alford, and Chuck Huber star in Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Merchant of Venice.

Pounds of Flesh

TCU’s Trinity Shakespeare Festival is back, tackling a controversial character.
JIMMY FOWLER
New York-based stage director Stephen Fried has previously helmed two productions for Texas Christian University’s annual summer Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing. He’s back this year with a v...



Scarpia (Michael Chioldi) vows to possess Tosca — during church — in Fort Worth Opera’s production of the Puccini classic.

A Newbie Night at the Opera

Hannibal Lecter and Transformers: looking at opera through fresh eyes.
Anthony Mariani
I liked Fort Worth Opera’s Tosca so much I made my friends go see it. I didn’t really make them go, but I did talk two rock musicians and a Fort Worth Weekly sales rep into humoring me. They didn’t all turn into overnight...


Ava Pine (center) presides while Ashley Kerr and Alissa Anderson proclaim their celibacy pledge in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Lysistrata.

Lysistrata: Make War Not Love

Fort Worth Opera puts on local theater’s best (non)sex comedy.
KRISTIAN LIN
For most of the second act of Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata, or The Nude Goddess, most of the men on stage have gigantic, visibly bulging erections. That’s the first thing you need to know about this opera version of Aristophanes...



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Figaro into Three Decembers

The Fort Worth Opera Festival marches on with two more superb productions.
Leonard Eureka and Anthony Mariani
Fort Worth Opera general director Darren Woods has a leg up in finding fresh young talent; since he serves off-season on the jury for the Metropolitan Opera’s regional auditions and directs a summer opera workshop for young s...


Soprano Carter Scott reprised her 2005 role as Floria Tosca in Fort Worth Opera’s spellbinding new production of the Puccini classic.

Loving Tosca

Fort Worth Opera begins its annual festival with a cannon shot.
Anthony Mariani
Fort Worth Opera kicked off its 2012 festival on Saturday at Bass Performance Hall with a performance of Puccini’s Tosca, a three-act work that epitomizes grand opera: lots of romance, politics, art, violence, and death. And ...



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...