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Monday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 13 Jul 2009

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM: Everyone involved in the performing arts has their own dream project they’d kill to be a part of. With that in mind, Theaterjones.com canvased the area asking local directors to name the one show that they’ve never staged but always wanted to. The results range from repertory standards to plays and […]

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DREAM A LITTLE DREAM: Everyone involved in the performing arts has their own dream project they’d kill to be a part of. With that in mind, Theaterjones.com canvased the area asking local directors to name the one show that they’ve never staged but always wanted to. The results range from repertory standards to plays and musicals that haven’t even been written yet. I know I’ll be in line to see Garland Civic Theatre Director Kyle McClaran’s brain child: “a legitimate James Bond musical full of huge special effects, dancing and pop/rock singing.” It’s nice to know that they still pine for these plays, despite having already directed hundreds of them in some cases.

PREPARE YOURSELF: If you’re planning to see William Kentridge: Five Themes, the new show at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, there’s a few things you should know. First: you’re going to need plenty of time, and you’re probably going to spend a great deal of that time sitting down. The upstairs gallery houses 16 of his films, which play on 23 screens. And some of those films are as long as a hour. Once you’ve taken those in (or not), there are 52 works on paper, which Gail Robinson calls “raw and powerful” in her review. That’s more than she can say for the movies.

THEY SHOOT, THEY SCORE: A few weeks back, I posted an inspired video pitching Amphibian Stage Productions’ Gutenberg the Musical! If that tease whet your appetite, you’ll be happy to know that the real thing sounds like it lives up to the promise of the video. Reviewing for dfw.com, Punch Shaw calls it “hilarious” and says, “while the lyrics are intentionally atrocious, the score (and [pianist Charles] Whitehead’s playing) is surprisingly rich.” The show runs through July 26.

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