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Friday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 19 Nov 2010

Today in the roundup: Checking in on The Trinity River Plays, Super Bowl halftime performers and Bruce Wood.


THE ‘TRINITY’ TRINITY: Now that it’s been performed for a few weeks, the reviews are pretty much all in for The Trinity River Plays at the Dallas Theater Center. And the consensus seems to be that Dallas playwright Regina Taylor has represented her hometown well. “The Trinity River Plays are like the garden in which much of their action is set – sprawling, florid, earthy and abundantly alive,” Lawson Taitte writes on dallasnews.com. On theaterjones.com, Kris Noteboom calls the work, “a powerful triumvirate certain to entertain and move.” And over at Front Row, Christine Allison goes so far as to say that it’s the, “kind of show that gets the attention of the Pulitzer committee.” Mark Lowry keeps the praise from being unanimous, though. Reviewing for dfw.com, he says, “the play ultimately fails at creating an emotional connection,” and, “it doesn’t have much heart.” Can’t win ’em all, I guess. If you’d like to know a little more about Taylor, she was Jerome’s guest on the Art&Seek segment of Think TV a few weeks back.

AND THE HALFTIME SHOW IS … : We all sorta knew that the Black Eyed Peas were going to be the choice as the performers for the Super Bowl halftime show at Cowboys Stadium. And now the rumors have been confirmed.

BRUCE WOOD’S NEW PROJECT: Four years after the Bruce Wood Dance Company called it quits, the company’s namesake is ready to give it another go. The Fort Worth choreographer tells theaterjones.com that he’s planning a pair of performances in June at the Dallas Arts District. “We’ll see how it goes this June and if all goes well, then we’ll expand,” he tells the site. “If it doesn’t go well, we won’t.”