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Monday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 17 Aug 2009

DECONSTRUCTING THE WYLY: The new Wyly Theatre is turning into quite the Rubik’s cube, offering so many staging, seating and lighting combinations. The trick is figuring out which setup goes with which show. That’s a process Dallas Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty and his team of designers are working through as they figure out […]

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DECONSTRUCTING THE WYLY: The new Wyly Theatre is turning into quite the Rubik’s cube, offering so many staging, seating and lighting combinations. The trick is figuring out which setup goes with which show. That’s a process Dallas Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty and his team of designers are working through as they figure out how to best stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the first play in the new building. As set designer Beowulf Boritt tells dallasnews.com, “It’s exciting and nerve-wracking.”

BIGGER AND BETTER: We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the new album from Fort Worth’s Telegraph Canyon. Paul Slavens went Track by Track on it back in July, and the band had a plum opening spot for Broken Social Scene recently. This week, you can finally own The Tide and the Current. About the album, singer Chris Johnson tells dfw.com in a feature from Sunday, “I hope that it’s at least something that appears as though we’re making an effort to not do what everybody else is doing over and over again.”

PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY: Four generations of photographers adds up to a lot of photos. And in the case of one Fort Worth family, it adds up to a history of Texas in pictures. Byrd Williams IV is the keeper of the family photos, which date back to 1870. He shares a number of them in the current edition of Fort Worth Weekly and many more on his Web site. As he tells the paper, “Right now, we just want to keep as much of the collection intact as we can. But as I get older, I am going to want to take the necessary steps to make sure it is preserved. We’ll see what happens.”

ETC.: Steve Blow takes in some of our lesser-known museums and wishes more people would discover them, too. (dallasnews.com) … Former Dallas Opera head George Steel seems to have righted the New York City Opera ship (nytimes.com) … The Amon Carter Museum is now on Facebook (cartermuseum.org).

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