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Conducting Virtuosity

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Birthday for Ben

Ben Stevenson, artistic director of Texas Ballet Theater, turns 80 next month, and the company began celebrating early last weekend with a stunning triple...

Strange Odors

My other duties at this publication have kept me away from reviewing theater for a while, but I got back on that horse this...

Intimacy and Impact

Next year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, and it’s a classical music organization whose...

Lusty Dracula

In his 27 years leading the Houston Ballet, Ben Stevenson choreographed many full-length ballets, from Swan Lake to Don Quixote and beyond, including four...

Bart to the Future

The Simpsons was hardly the first cartoon to make humorous references to both highbrow and lowbrow culture, but the breakneck pace of its in-jokes...

Well Don

Reading Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a strangely unsettling experience. It was written when the novel form was just being invented, which is...

Snow White and the Half-Naked Man

Even during Anton Chekhov’s life, people were parodying his plays. They’re easily identifiable targets, with their Russian aristocrats sitting in drawing rooms with their...

To Love Somebody

Dominique Morisseau is from Detroit, and she wants to be to her hometown what August Wilson was to Pittsburgh — the theater world’s teller...

Texas Ballet Theater: In Fine Form

Repertory programs showcasing three or four short ballets, with a pas de deux thrown in sometimes for spice, have been the savior of small...

New Ways

Violist Mark Landson has spent the better part of his 25-year career pondering the question that’s commonly on the minds of classical musicians: How...