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Chad Gowen Spear and Marianne Galloway cross swords while Amber Marie Flores looks on in Circle Theatre’s Lovers and Executioners.

Wed 19 – Before Shakespeare, so-called “morality plays” were written to show characters resisting temptation in favor of a virtuous life, but none have survived the years better than Everyman, an anonymous 15th-century work that touches on basic questions of human existence. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in a modern-dress adaptation of this medieval drama, broadcast as part of National Theatre Live at 2pm & 7pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $12-20. Call 817-923-3012.

 

Thur 20 – Fort Worth Weekly contributor and Boiled Owl Tavern barkeep Steve Steward will be among the participants in Stir, our paper’s monthly craft cocktail competition. However, his three competitors won’t have to worry. As always, we bring in celebrity judges to make sure the contest results aren’t unduly influenced. Good luck to everyone making drinks with this month’s featured liquor, Bulldog Gin. The contest is at 6pm at The Usual, 1408 W Magnolia Av, FW. Admission (which includes drinks) is $10. Call 817-321-9700.

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Fri 21 – John Strand unearthed a neglected treasure in Lovers and Executioners, a 1660 French farce by Antoine Jacob, a.k.a. Montfleury, about a husband who wrongly suspects his wife of infidelity and exiles her to a desert island, which prompts her to concoct a revenge plot. Strand renders the play in rhyming couplets and doesn’t shy away from its darker aspects. The show runs Thu thru Sep 19 at Circle Theatre, 230 W 4th St, FW. Tickets are $10-30. Call 817-877-3040.

 

Sat 22 – The U.S. Army Recruiting Center on Alta Mesa Boulevard has been shut down for some years, but today it’s holding a grand re-opening. To mark the occasion, they’ll be raffling off prizes donated by local businesses, as well as vendors, games, and physical fitness contests, plus food and drink by Taquito Ricos. The event is 11am-5pm at 3301 Alta Mesa Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 808-371-6584.

 

Sun 23 – Susan Felder’s Wasteland is set in the Vietnam War, but it debuted in Chicago only three years ago, so you know it was written with America’s current wars in mind. The play about an American soldier being held captive by the enemy receives its regional premiere Thu as part of Stage West’s Studio Theatre series. The show runs thru today at 821 W Vickery St, FW. Tickets are $12-17. Call 817-784-9378.

 

Mon 24 – Tolbert’s is known as a music venue and burger joint in Grapevine, but tonight they’re trying something different to liven up a slow Monday. They’re trying stand-up comedy in an event with the regrettable title of Lolbert’s at Tolbert’s. No word on which comics are performing, but let’s hope that they’re more inventive than that name. The event starts at 8:15pm at 423 S Main St, Grapevine. Admission is free. Call 817-421-4888.

 

Tue 25 – Can they do it? Can the Rangers pull themselves up into one of those wildcard playoff slots in the American League? We’ll know a lot more after their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, one of their chief rivals in the wildcard chase. A newly reloaded Jays team is itself looking to catch the Yankees for the division lead, so the task won’t be easy for the home side. The series runs today thru Thu at Globe Life Park, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Tickets are $13-210. Call 817-273-5100.

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