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Tuesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 22 Feb 2011

Today in the roundup: Casa Manana’s “Pinocchio’ soars, a chance to get inspired and SMU revisits a collection.


PUPPET MASTERS: Over the weekend, Casa Manana opened Disney’s My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale, which follows the same basic plot as the movie and includes a mix of familiar and new songs. And if you’ve got youngsters in the house, it sounds like you can make their day by taking them to see it. “Everything about this show works incredibly well,” Punch Shaw writes in his dfw.com review. “The wonderfully busy toyshop set, brilliantly crafted costumes, highly creative makeup and a couple of impressive special effects (including Pinocchio’s nose expanding during a lie) combine to make for a consistently enthralling look.” Cathy O’Neal was also impressed, noting on theaterjones.com that kids, “will delight in the characters and relish the magic of a Disney tale.” Check it out through March 6.

THINK BIG: Looking for a little inspiration? Julie Burstein might be able to provide you with some today. She’s the creator of Studio 360 (heard Saturdays at 1 p.m. on KERA) and the author of Spark: How Creativity Works. Today, you’ve got two opportunities to hear her speak about how some of the world’s great thinkers cook up their ideas. First, tune into Think today at 1 p.m. to hear Krys Boyd’s interview with Burstein. Then head over to the Dallas Museum of Art tonight at 7:30 for Arts and Letters Live. Be sure to take notes.

OUT OF STORAGE: Some of you may remember the The Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection when it was on display on the SMU campus. It’s mostly been in mothballs for the last 20 years or so, until an SMU student decided to go digging through it for a reminder of what’s there. The result is “Hidden Treasures of the Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts,” now on display at the Owen Arts Center. Check out this slideshow for a taste of what you’ll see.