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Michael Wittman performs in SceneShop’s J.O.B.

Short Takes

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Early August is when SceneShop comes out of mothballs and puts on its annual production of short plays. This year’s collection takes work as its theme and is entitled J.O.B. Quite a variety of workplaces enter into the evenin...


Jenny Tucker portrays the famous ecdysiast in Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s Gypsy. See Friday.

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WED ▪ 30 Alan Ayckbourn’s farce A Small Family Business was written in 1987, and there’s some disagreement over whether its satire of Margaret Thatcher’s economic vision (family values and individual greed are both good...



My Neighbor Totoro is part of Miyazaki at the Modern, Aug. 2-23.

Beautiful Creatures

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We’ve stated before in these pages that we don’t believe that Hayao Miyazaki is actually retired. Nevertheless, it’s never a bad time to revisit his weird, gorgeous animated films. The Modern now gives you and your kids t...


Emmanuelle Seigner entices Mathieu Amalric in Venus in Fur at the Modern, Fri-Sun.

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WED ▪ 23 If you were disappointed with last spring’s Muppets sequel, you can bring back the good memories with 2011’s The Muppets when it screens at Sundance Square. The troupe’s good-natured spirit is fully in evidence...



Ricky Ian Gordon inaugurates TCU’s Festival of American Song.

Bright Eyed Joy

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One of America’s best composers for the stage, Ricky Ian Gordon is a musician who has followed Leonard Bernstein’s lead in blurring the distinctions between Broadway and opera, writing music for the concert hall in a style ...


Agata Trzebuchowska ponders her future in the Catholic Church in Ida. See Friday.

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WED ▪ 16 The Fort Worth Cats have now put some distance between themselves and the bottom two teams in the United Baseball League, but they still have some work to do if they want to catch first-place Rio Grande Valley and wh...



Waad Mohammed eyes a green bike and freedom in Wadjda.

Girl on a Bike

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When Wadjda hit American theaters last year, everyone said, “Oh! Look at that!” That’s because it wasn’t just a film from Saudi Arabia, a country where no film had ever been entirely shot before, but also because it was...


Jim Covault, Cliff Stephens, and David Coffee wind up entangled in a garden hose as part of their escape plot in Heroes. See Friday.

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WED ▪ 9 Russian conductors don’t often try their hand at Italian opera, but the estimable Semyon Bychkov headed up the Met’s production of Verdi’s Otello in 2012. You can see an encore broadcast of that performance toni...



Scott Zenreich (without bandage) tries out his primitive plastic surgery techniques on Brandon Murphy, Alexandra Lawrence, and John Forkner in Amphibian Productions’ The Nosemaker’s Apprentice.

The Rhinoplaster’s Tale

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A man is asked by his daughter why he’s an unlicensed plastic surgeon, so he spins a fantastic fable about how his profession started with one enterprising young man in the Middle Ages who sought to confer happiness on lords ...


Gabriel Lawson comes face to, uh, face? with Audrey in Jubilee Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors. See Sunday.

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WED ▪ 2 The recent mild controversy over the newly crowned Miss USA’s body type has made beauty pageants sort of relevant again, so now might be a good time to catch the Miss Texas pageant (an offshoot of Miss America, not ...