WED ▪ 13
One of Britain’s most famous comic playwrights during his time, Arthur Wing Pinero has since been eclipsed by his contemporaries Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. National Theatre Live tries to restore his reputation with a screening of The Magistrate. A farce about a woman whose attempts to lie about her and her son’s ages leads to misunderstandings, the play stars John Lithgow and screens at 2pm and 7pm at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $10-18. Call 817-923-3012.
THU ▪ 14
Valentine’s Day options are plentiful as always, and as usual they’re all rather expensive. You could do worse than spending the day at Pantagleize Theatre’s A Chekhov Valentine, a collection of one-act plays by the Russian master that look at the piercing and farcical turns that love can take. The show runs Feb 14-Mar 3 at 1115 W Rio Grande St, FW. Tickets are $18-20. Call 817-905-6907.
FRI ▪ 15
The story of a white DJ and an African-American singer who do their bit to integrate a city’s music scene in the 1950s, Memphis won multiple Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and a pile of glowing reviews when it debuted on Broadway in 2009. Now the show takes its first bow in Fort Worth, with a two-week engagement at Bass Hall. The play runs thru Feb 27 at 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $$49.50-99. Call 817-212-4280.
SAT ▪ 16
Those of us who find Shakespeare’s late plays fascinating won’t want to miss Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s production of The Winter’s Tale, a play about a jealous king that features vertiginous writing that pulls iambic pentameter out of all recognizable shape. It also has a character eaten by a bear and an ending that’s killer when it’s done right. The show runs Feb 15-24 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $10-17. Call 866-811-4111.
SUN ▪ 17
DVA Productions does its part for black history with Portraits of Black, a one-time show of two one-act plays about gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who is so encased in reverence as a historical figure — can this drama make him a living, breathing character? We’ll find out. The show is at 6:30pm at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $10. Call 817-313-3052.
MON ▪ 18
Not one of the orchestra’s sexier instruments, the humble bassoon nevertheless lands the starring role in Carl Stamitz’ Quartet for Bassoon and Strings, a charming chamber work that will sound comfortingly familiar to fans of Mozart, who was a contemporary of the composer. The piece leads off the Spectrum Chamber Music Series of Fort Worth’s concert this evening, which begins at 7pm at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1959 Sandy Ln, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-377-0688.
TUE ▪ 19
Before we all get overrun by Irish stuff next month, the Scots have their turn in the spotlight as The Black Watch takes the stage at Bass Hall tonight. The 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiments of Scotland and the Band of the Scots Guards will perform bagpipe and drum music at 7:30pm at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $33-82.50. Call 817-212-4280.