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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 23 Jun 2011

Today in the roundup: Shakespeare Dallas finds success beyond the Bard, Spanish dancing in Fort Worth and local music bits.


THE NOSE KNOWS: Shakespeare Dallas is stepping out of its comfort zone this season by producing a play by someone other than Shakespeare for the first time. The show is Cyrano de Bergerac by the French playwright Edmond Rostand. In it, a man falls for a beautiful woman but is convinced she will never love him back because of his enormous nose. (You might remember the 1987 Steve Martin film Roxanne, which is based on the play.) The reviewers seem to be enjoying the move beyond the Bard. In his dallasnews.com review, Lawson Taitte was wowed by Chris Hury, who plays the title character. Ditto for theaterjones.com. “Shakespeare Dallas’ production, directed by Raphael Parry, has an adventurous tone with a committed cast aided by the overflowing charisma of its lead,” Kris Noteboom writes. Catch it through July 22.

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE: Tonight through Sunday, Ballet Concerto presents its 28th annual Summer Dance Concert at Trinity Park Pavilion in Fort Worth. A regular contributor to Ballet Concerto has been Spanish choreographer Luis Montero, who has worked with everyone from ballet companies to ice dancers. He talks with dfw.com about his approach to choreography and the challenges of producing a dance event outdoors.

MUSIC BITS: Fort Worth Weekly breaks down the nominees for this year’s Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards. (fwweekly.com) … Denton’s OK Sweetheart is offering up a free download of “Before You Go” off of its most recent album. (DC9 at Night) … Hunter Hauk helps you navigate Friday’s Vans Warped Tour at Gexa Energy Pavilion. (quickdfw.com)