FWO VIDEOS: On Thursday, I got an e-mail with a link to a special video message from Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren K. Woods. It’s a nice enough video of Woods thanking fans of the opera for making this season a special one and letting us know that the organization finished the year with a balanced budget (you can watch it here). The video above is a little more fun though. It’s a collection of bloopers from other FW Opera videos that the company put on its YouTube channel. Gotta love an opera with a sense of humor.
SMALL SCREEN TAKEOVER: Before an episode of locally-shot The Deep End even airs on ABC, word comes that now Fox will shoot Jack and Dan in North Texas, too. The detective drama starring Bradley Whitford (of The West Wing fame) and Colin Hanks (of Tom Hanks fame) is from the creator of Burn Notice and will actually be set in Dallas (unlike The Deep End). Unfair Park and dallasnews.com have further details.
TWITA TWOFER: The This Week in the Arts podcast welcomes Upstart Productions’ Elias Taylorson to the show this week. Taylorson plays the slightly unhinged host of a radio call-in show in Upstart’s Talk Radio and produced a short documentary about the Denver radio personality who inspired the play, which runs after each show. The play is different from what you might normally see in that it doesn’t really have the traditional three-act structure. In fact, it’s really just one very long scene with an intermission. That willingness to take a risk has had the local reviewers singing the show’s praises. Don’t believe me? Check out the reviews from the Dallas Observer, Theater Jones, the Dallas Voice and The Dallas Morning News. It’s not often a show gets the critical clean sweep. Before you listen to Taylorson talk about the show, you’ll also get to hear KERA Vice President of Radio discussing KXT, which is officially five-days old today. Haven’t tuned in yet? Then get thee to 91.7 FM (after listing to TWITA, of course).