VIDEOFEST NEWS: The Video Association of Dallas has announced the first group of films for this year’s VideoFest. Making the list is Knife, a film by Fort Worth director James M. Johnston. It’ll be part of the Texas Show, along with Fatakra, a short from Austin; and Her Name Was Max, a gun-control doc. The festival also announced the first selection of its Skateboard Series and the recipient of this year’s Albert Maysles Award.
FEED ME, SEYMOUR: WaterTower Theatre is having a little fun this summer with the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Maybe you saw the movie version starring Rick Moranis? But the real question is – should you see WTT’s? Lawson Taitte says yes. “You know you’re in good hands with director Amy Anders Corcoran from the opening number,” he writes on dallasnews.com. Other critics aren’t so sure, though. M. Lance Lusk calls the show “energetic, beautiful to look at, yet slightly hollow,” on Front Row. Meanwhile, Alexandra Bonifield says, “Because it showed no spark of imagination of any kind, what I am left with is the suspicion that the director simply did not understand this show, from the ground up.” Judge for yourself through Aug. 21.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: One of the area’s newest theater groups is Dallas Actor’s Lab. The company is the brainchild of Kyle Lemieux, who replaced Patrick Kelly three years ago as the chair of the drama department at the University of Dallas. He talks with theaterjones.com about the company and its first production, David Mamet’s Oleanna, which is playing at the Green Zone.