UP, UP AND ALMOST AWAY: Dallas Theater Center’s It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, probably the most anticipated show of the current season, opened on Friday. So is it worth all the hype? The answer seems to be … sorta. Lawson Taitte has some quibbles with an overlong first act and a distracting narrators, but he writes on dallasnews.com, “This Superman is grand entertainment, lavish but light and airy.” Alexandra Bonifield was less impressed, particularly with Superman himself. “Superman as presented here and portrayed by Matt Cavenaugh just doesn’t compare to Christopher Reeve’s film creation and leaves the production flat for the lack.” Listen for Jerome’s KERA review later in the week with sound from the show.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Fort Worth’s Pantagleize Theatre Company has found a new space in the Fort Worth Public Market. The main building of the complex still needs to be renovated, but the building that Pantagleize will inhabit is ready to go, according to theaterjones.com. With a stage in place, that means a full season is in the cards for the company devoted to lesser known international playwrights. Irish playwright Mattie Lennon’s And All His Songs Were Sad bats leadoff beginning Sept. 11.
HUZZAHS FROM THE EAST: When the major local symphonies call it a season in late spring, their music directors don’t just head to the beach. Instead, they usually find other orchestras to play with. Fort Worth Symphony Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya did just that over the weekend, leading the youngsters at the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. Washington Post critic Anne Midgette was mostly impressed in her review.