Ballet’s business: The Dallas Morning News takes a long look at Texas Ballet Theater. The good news: ballet officials say the company is emerging from the financial crisis that forced the company to back away from plans to perform in China. The eyebrow raisers: The DMN reports its review of TBT’s IRS records found that the ballet board’s co-chairs were, at one time, paid 6-figure fees by a foundation also supporting the ballet, and that artistic director Ben Stevenson‘s compensation included an unsecured loan with no repayment schedule to help him purchase a home.
Bloody good: Kitchen Dog opened Titus Andronicus over the weekend and continued its streak of on-stage gore. (Last month’s production of Pyschos Never Dream was a very entertaining warm-up.) Lawson Taitte loved the Mayan twist on Shakespeare’s work. Can’t find a review on Theater Jones yet, but Mark Lowry writes a nice explainer. More reviews here as they arrive.
Opera alert: The Fort Worth Opera kicks off its season next weekend, with productions of Carmen and Cinderella. Here’s a rundown from Scott Cantrell of what to expect. And Thursday, there will be a free panel discussion on “Arts, Social Change and Human Rights” at SMU. This panel is inspired by Dead Man Walking, the third offering from Ft. Worth this season. Sr. Helen Prejean, the anti-death penalty activist, and Jake Heggie, composer of the opera, are featured panelists. More here. And still more coming from Jerome Weeks later this week.