THE BEST IN BOOKS: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Big Horn, the Last Great Battle of the American West, by Dallas author James Donovan, was named best non-fiction book by the Writers’ League of Texas. Mike Merschel of the DMN’s Texas Pages books blog has the complete list. He’ll be in Austin covering the Texas Books Festival this weekend, so if you’re the literary type, be sure to check in with him now and then.
LINE, PLEASE: A lot’s been made this week of Matthew Broderick’s use of a TelePrompter during previews of his new Off Broadway show, Starry Messenger. The New York Times investigated the use of prompters, ear pieces and the like in a story this week. But I’m curious to hear how the local thespian types feel about having a little helping hand on stage. Is it justifiable during previews or the sign of an underprepared actor? And more importantly, what tricks have you used to remind yourself of lines that the audience was unaware of?
‘FROM JAIL’ TO FORT WORTH: Charles S. Dutton will bring his one man show, From Jail to Yale … Serving Time On Stage, to Tarrant County College on Nov. 7, according to theaterjones.com. The play centers on a man who is convicted of manslaughter and discovers the work of black playwrights while in prison, leading to some big house performances.
QUOTABLE: “We’re all, for all intents and purposes, sober now. Except for one glaring exception, if you know what I mean.”