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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 27 Sep 2010

Today in the roundup: A dual role at WaterTower, a distinguished “Gentlemen” and the man behind a North Texas sound.


BACK TO GROVER’S CORNERS: For the next month, Terry Martin is going to be juggling. WaterTower Theatre’s producing artistic director will play the Stage Manager in the company’s Our Town as well as direct the show. “The more I spent time with the script and the more I thought about it, it seemed to me that what the character does in the play is what a director does,” he tells dallasnews.com. But he’s smart enough to not go it alone. He’s hired Amy Anders Corcoran as an assistant director so that he can have another set of eyes watching him as he’s busy watching over everyone else. Our Town opens tonight.

A DISTINGUISHED ‘GENTLEMEN’: Overnight, the temperatures dropped into the 50s. In other words, it’s finally safe to go outside again. And if you’d like to spend some of that outside time watching a play, it sounds like you’re in luck. Shakespeare Dallas’ Two Gentlemen of Verona is getting raves from the local reviewers, with special kudos for director Raphael Parry. “He deserves praise for doing the most he can with such little material to match his company’s enthusiasm and overwhelming desire to please,” writes M. Lance Lusk on theaterjones.com. Alexandra Bonifield calls the play a “home run” in her review. “It’s hip, cool, fun, engaging, as easy to follow as it is on the eye, and as sure to please the novice Shakespeare in the Park attendee as it is a long term aficionado,” she writes. The play is being presented at Samuell Grand Amphitheatre through Oct. 2 before heading up to Addison Circle Park for a two-week run.

THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC: If you’re a fan of Telegraph Canyon, Doug Burr or Seryn, you might like to know that they have more than North Texas roots in common. They also each recorded albums at Britton Beisenherz’s Ramble Creek recording studio in Austin. The Dallas native set up the space four years ago, and word is getting out that it’s the place to record. “I can’t imagine doing a record with anyone else right now,” Telegraph Canyon’s Chris Johnson tells dfw.com. “He’s an absolute joy to be around. He’s really great at pulling stuff out of people while getting their opinion at the same time. The dude knows music really well.”