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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 26 Jul 2010

Today in the roundup: Joseph is in the Casa, athletes learn from actors and a DIY record label.


HEY, JOE: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Casa Manana through Thursday. So is it worth seeing? Depends on who you ask. “This is a stunningly good production of this well-traveled musical that has a shine and polish we rarely have a chance to see applied so lavishly,” Punch Shaw writes in his dfw.com review. Others weren’t quite as thrilled. “Being such a simple show to produce can often lull a production’s creativity,” Kris Noteboom writes on theaterjones.com. “And while Casa makes some positive contributions, it’s ultimately run-of-the-mill.”

CROSS-TRAINING: Those of you who’ve been around this area long enough to remember Herschel Walker remember that the Cowboys running back used ballet as a way to improve his agility on the field. Now, some SMU athletes are taking a similar approach by taking  “The Art of Acting,” a class designed for non-theater majors. “I often use sports analogies when I lecture about acting theory,” Jack Greenman, Art of Acting’s course adviser, tells SMU’s online magazine. “An actor has to determine how a character will overcome an obstacle, just like a running back has to get past the defense to the end zone.”

THE PUNK PLAYBOOK: 1919 Hemphill in Fort Worth is known for its DIY attitude – friends helping friends make art. And now the collective can even claim a record label among its accomplishments. Fort Worth Weekly tells the story of how a UTA student and a punk band came together to release an album.