FROM BAD TO WORSE: Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the story of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, is currently running in the basement space at Theatre Three. To read the local reviews, though, it’s hard to believe the show has already been extended. “For almost the entire first act, the actors deliver amazingly consistent bad performances,” Lawson Taitte writes in his dallasnews.com review. At least he thinks things turn around some in the second half of the play. Mark Lowry had his knives sharpened for pretty much the whole thing. After also noting issues with the acting, he winds up his theaterjones.com review by saying the play, “feels more like a screenplay from the reject pile at the offices where they make Afterschool Specials for grown-ups—otherwise known as the Lifetime Movie Channel.”
ENCORE, ENCORE!: Washington Post classical music writer Anne Midgette brings up a topic that I’ve often thought about – the encore. It used to be viewed as an unexpected treat to the audience, and in some rare cases, still is. But when is the last time you went to a rock concert that didn’t have one? The whole scripted nature of them has taken away their meaning to some degree. Still, when a truly spontaneous one does come around, it can bond audiences and performer. Midgette writes, “There may even be a kind of intimacy created when the performer, after having maintained silence through the evening (assuming this is a really traditional recital with no talking), breaks through the fourth wall to speak to the audience and tell them what they’re about to hear.” Thoughts?
ETC.: Fearless Film Festival director and Art&Seek guest blogger Melissa Kirkendall will be John Rody’s guest tonight on his Mambos Webcast. You can watch the whole thing in person at Mambo’s in downtown Fort Worth between 7-9 p.m. … The Modern Blog from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has an interesting dissection of Warhol’s Rorschach Paintings tied to its current exhibit, “Andy Warhol: The Last Decade.” … When I was at South by Southwest, I wrote about Spune’s Day Party, which featured Telegraph Canyon, Doug Burr, Sarah Jaffee and a host of other locals. Now Preston Jones has unearthed video proof, which you can watch at dfw.com.