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Wednesday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 27 May 2009

SCREEN TIME: On Tuesday, Robert Wilonsky of Unfair Park fame caught up with a couple of local filmmakers – one you’ve likely never heard of but you may have seen his work and one you may have heard of but have wondered when he’ll work again. The former is Jaron Pitts, whose faux trailer for […]

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SCREEN TIME: On Tuesday, Robert Wilonsky of Unfair Park fame caught up with a couple of local filmmakers – one you’ve likely never heard of but you may have seen his work and one you may have heard of but have wondered when he’ll work again. The former is Jaron Pitts, whose faux trailer for a Green Lantern movie starring Nathan Fillion is making the viral rounds. As you might have guessed, making a trailer for a movie that has no actual footage is pretty involved. Wilonsky also made contact with Shane Carruth, whose Primer made a pretty big splash at Sundance five years ago. Carruth won’t make public any details about his next project, other than there is one in the works.

DANA SAVES THE DAY: The reviews are in for Stage West’s new show, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and it sounds as if the actors do a solid job despite some problematic material. The play centers on a woman who answer’s a man’s ringing phone only to realize he is dead and then inserts herself into his former life. Friend of Art&Seek Dana Schultes excels in the role of the curious woman¬† Reviewing for DFW.com, Punch Shaw writes, “Schultes holds a strong supporting cast together well. If we never understand why Jean’s life is so empty that she wholeheartedly absorbs the lives of strangers, it is the fault of the playwright Sarah Ruhl, not the actress.” Lawson Taitte is even more enamored. Reviewing for The Dallas Morning News, he says, “Schultes, long one of our most dependable younger stars, is showing us new capacities as a performer. Her greatest qualities have always been warmth and radiance. Here she has turned down the wattage without sacrificing the power.” Sounds like someone’s refrigerator magnates will be holding up a few new clippings.

REMEMBERING DICK HARRIS: Fort Worth actor Dick Harris died last weekend in his home at the age of 83. Theaterjones.org tells the story of a man who was a regular at Hip Pocket Theatre as well as other Fort Worth companies. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson in Fort Worth.

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