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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...



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...