Posts Tagged ‘stage’

Touch Me

Big Ticket
Duncan Sheik first came to prominence in the mid-1990s as a pop singer-songwriter, carving out airy, pleasing songs like “Barely Breathing” and “She Runs Away.” For all the lapidary artistry of these gems, he envisioned...


Cuban Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Artes de la Rosa opens up to the American repertory to establish a cultural dialogue.
JIMMY FOWLER
Adam Adolfo, executive director of Artes de la Rosa, spent many hours researching the life and artistic philosophies of playwright Tennessee Williams before staging the Latino performing arts group’s current production of Cat...



FWSO Goes for Baroque

The bright spots- figuratively and literally-were manifold in FWSO's preseason Music Festival.
LEONARD EUREKA
Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya started the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s preseason Music Festival some years back to provide summer employment for the musicians while at the same time exploring offbeat programming. Beginning...


More than 39 Steps

The actors do more than just recite lines and block in Stage West's take on a Hitchcock classic.
JIMMY FOWLER
Stage West has never been afraid to set up unique theatrical challenges for its actors. The company’s 2007 production of Marie Jones’ Stones in His Pockets featured two performers playing 15 Irish characters of different ge...



Smoke Screen

Big Ticket
Made in 1936, Reefer Madness owes much of its current fame to its rediscovery in the 1960s. That’s because Louis J. Gasnier’s film (properly titled Tell Your Children) is so incredibly, laughably wrong about the effects of ...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 7 Former American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado stars in Dallas Summer Musicals’ production of Dreamgirls running this month. As usually happens with stage shows that spawn successful movie musicals, the actors have to c...



Leading Ladies Lights Up

The cast of Theatre Arlington’s current production buoys shopworn material, and Ballet Concerto prevails.
JIMMY FOWLER
In the angsty, ironic world of contemporary American theater, there is perhaps no gutsier statement for a playwright to make than “My plays are successful if they give people joy, if they uplift them and change them in some p...


Fort Worth Opera Sings

Don Giovanni and The Elixir of Love prove to be splendid additions to the annual festival.
LEONARD EUREKA
Comedies from both ends of the spectrum opened the Fort Worth Opera Festival last week at Bass Performance Hall: Don Giovanni, Mozart’s dark look at amorous dalliance, and Donizetti’s frothy The Elixir of Love. Both product...



Stage West Tames The Lonesome West

Playwright Martin McDonagh’s vicious tale is de-fanged.
JIMMY FOWLER
Over the last 15 years, playwright Martin McDonagh — born in England to Irish parents — has pioneered a one-man theater of cruelty. His most famous plays feature desperate, amoral people languishing in contemporary Ireland ...


TBT Revives The Sleeping Beauty

Texas Ballet Theater’s only slightly marred productions were rousing overall.
LEONARD EUREKA
The Sleeping Beauty is a lot for any ballet company to chew on. It includes an enormous cast, many solos, lots of character dances, large ensembles, three changes of elaborate costumes over four acts, crowd scenes galore, and a...