TIGER TALK: Yesterday, we linked to a Theater Jones preview of Theatre Three’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. And now, the theater offers up a video preview of its own. It’s a show involving Marines, so be forewarned that there’s some salty language. (That being said, it’s the tiger’s mouth you’ve got to watch out for.)
SPEAKING OF ‘SPOKANE’: Second Thought Theatre is currently staging Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane. And this one’s got the critics sharply divided. Representing the fans: Liz Johnstone. “It’s gleefully macabre, and director Drew Wall tunes us in fast,” she writes on Front Row. (Editor’s note – I think she means director Alex Organ – Wall is one of the show’s actors.) Representing the haters: Mark Lowry. “McDonagh’s first play set in America, is even more lightweight, equal parts amusing and annoying. Its flaws aren’t worked out by first-time director Alex Organ, who has been one of the most exciting, young actors in North Texas for several years,” he writes on theaterjones.com. And representing the unsure, Lawson Taitte. “I’ve now seen two productions of A Behanding in Spokane, and I still have no idea whether it’s a good play,” is how he begins his dallasnews.com review. Decide for yourself through Jan. 26.
A PIRATED MOVIE: Tonight, the documentary Stolen Seas will be shown at the Studio Movie Grill on Spring Valley. The film explores the the Somali pirate industry and interviews everyone from pirate negotiators to the pirates themselves. Interested? In his Variety review, Peter DeBruge writes, “Armed with audio recordings of the negotiations, photographs of rocket launcher-toting Somalis snapped onboard the ship and shaky firsthand video from this and other incidents, [director Thymaya] Payne manages to construct what could have been a mere talking-head doc into something visceral, immediate and in many ways illicit.”
TEACH THEM WELL: The Crow Collection of Asian Art has hired a new director of education. Dr. Karin Oen comes to the museum straight outta M.I.T., where she recently completed her Ph.D in history, theory and criticism of art and architecture. She replaces Kristina Hilliard, who left the Crow for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.