There’s savage honesty in this Dallas production of Lord of the Flies


There is so much that feels new in WaterTower Theatre’s Lord of the Flies, but still with an undercurrent of deja vu. The story, about a group of British schoolboys stranded on an island after a plane crash, is familiar to anyone who read William Golding’s novel in high school. But this production, with its uber-naturalistic set and thundering sound design, brings Golding’s boys to life in frightening reality. Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi is using…

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Famous wistful romance becomes more layered on musical Dallas stage


It’s hard to top Meryl Streep. The vaunted actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of a lonely Italian housewife in the film The Bridges of Madison County, but now actresses are being asked to make Francesca Johnson sing — literally and figuratively — in the musical version. First it was Broadway darling Kelli O’Hara, who received a Tony nomination for her work. Now on the national tour it’s Elizabeth Stanley, who…

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Dallas Opera packs 60th season with audience favorites


The Dallas Opera has amassed a roster of crowd-pleasers for its 60th season, with two of the five mainstage productions having never been performed before by the company. First up is Eugene Onegin, the Russian lyric opera about an arrogant nobleman who flippantly dismisses everyone who could have been important to him. Baritone Andrei Bondarenko, who made his American debut last year in Dallas Opera’s production of Iolanta, will sing the title role. Performances are…

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Essential Dallas gallery exhibits to start an artful 2016


January’s art gallery shows give us the rare opportunity to indulge (nearly) all the senses. From conceptual works that can be perceived as mirthful or menacing to a multifaceted exploration of France’s most famous female writer, there’s a lot to examine. You can look, listen, and even smell. But remember not to touch! “The Mythology of Love,” Celia Eberle at Cris Worley Fine Arts Reception: January 9, 6-8 pm Exhibition dates: January 9-February 13 Dallas-based…

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The 12 best Dallas-Fort Worth theater productions of 2015


It’s time to look back on the wonderful and weird experiences the theaters of Dallas and Fort Worth gifted us with in 2015. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a sampling of some of the productions and players who created magic onstage (and sometimes off). With a year this strong, we can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2016. The Flick, Undermain Theatre ‚ÄčA lot of audiences were perturbed by and perplexed…

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South Dallas Cultural Center receives $10,000 award for film fest


The South Dallas Cultural Center has received $10,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts for a program supporting black women’s film. Called the Challenge America award, it gives out grants to small and mid-sized organizations that are extending the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Those populations could be limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The $10,000 will support the Center’s annual Black Women’s Film Festival, which this year consists of a…

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Dallas Design District gallery takes photographs to artsier address


After nine years on Dragon Street in Dallas’ Design District, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery is moving to a new space. The address: 154 Glass St., a few blocks from the original location, but in an area with a growing art presence. Owner Missy Finger says they’re enthusiastic about the opportunity for change. “We had been thinking about moving when this space came up, and it offers a lot of possibilities,” she says. Designed by…

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The Night Alive takes Dallas theatergoers from subtle magic to the patently absurd


There are times in The Night Alive when hints of otherwordly happenings infiltrate the everyday lives of a few Irish outcasts. Then there are the other times when bouts of melodramatic ridiculousness hit you over the head like a claw hammer. Thoroughly detailed down to the last dripping faucet and crumpled newspaper, Undermain Theatre’s production is most effective when it dabbles in subtlety. Playwright Conor McPherson’s dialogue often discusses the mundane and banal, but with…

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Revered Dallas philanthropist Margot Winspear passes away at age 83


After long battling an undisclosed illness, philanthropist and arts patron Margot Winspear has died at age 83. She and husband William W. “Bill” Winspear are the namesakes of the renowned opera house that serves as a cornerstone of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The nonprofit organization and the Dallas Opera both recently announced that Winspear passed away on Tuesday, October 20. No funeral arrangements have been announced yet, and memorial plans are pending. The Winspears’…

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Is dance too highbrow an art form? Twyla Tharp scoffs at the idea.


In a major coup in the world of dance, Dallas will host the world premiere of the latest work by renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp, who is launching her 50th anniversary tour at the Winspear Opera House on September 18. Tharp and the cast arrived in Dallas on September 14 to begin onsite rehearsals. Later in the week, they held a press conference for a gathering of arts writers and previewed a few moves from the…

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