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Monday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 14 Sep 2009

WHAT TO PAY AT DCPA: In less than a month, the Wyly Theatre and Winspear Opera House will open their doors. But how much will it cost to walk through them? If you’re used to having the best seat in the house, that seat will be a little more expensive in the new digs according […]

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WHAT TO PAY AT DCPA: In less than a month, the Wyly Theatre and Winspear Opera House will open their doors. But how much will it cost to walk through them? If you’re used to having the best seat in the house, that seat will be a little more expensive in the new digs according to dallasnews.com. But that doesn’t mean that only the fat cats will be able to attend. In fact, the Dallas Theater Center says it’s lowering the price of its cheapest tickets from $16 to $15. Now the only question is: Will the venues be finished in time? If we’re taking bets, put me down for “yes.”

B.J., FROM THE BEGINNING: Much has been made of B.J. Cleveland’s departure from the full-time staff at Theatre Arlington after more than 20 years. (Don’t cry for him – it was his idea that the company ditch his artistic director position. And he’s scheduled to perform in three shows there this season.) If you are unfamiliar with Cleveland, Fort Worth Weekly has an extensive profile on him in the current issue. Among the many yarns he spins in the story, my favorite is how his grandparents thought he’d really arrived as an actor when, as a 10-year-old, he got to share the stage with Van Johnson.

HEARTS AND MINDS: Why do people go to museums? Obviously to connect with art. But is that connection an emotional one or an intellectual one? A new study says it depends on what kind of museum you’re going to. Visitors who went to museums containing older works described their visits in more thoughtful terms, while people who took in contemporary work spoke about it in more emotional terms. “People who go to modern art museums are willing to go in search of sensation more than people who go to ancient art museums,” is how the researchers sum it up.

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  • Rawlins Gilliland

    Museums can be a mixed blessing. Sometimes they are so sterile they are like a minimum security prison for no-viloent offenders while others are so dense with lush attractions that it’s somehow like being Chloroformed. I think that is part of what make so many of our area museums attractive to visit. Involving without being overwhelmed. The last time I was in London’s British Museum, I hyperventilated somewhere between the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin marbles.