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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 15 Aug 2011

Today in the roundup: Thea Temple pushes The Writer’s Garret ahead, reviewing Hairspray and the Bard on the go.


MOVING ON: Since 1995, Thea Temple and The Writer’s Garret have been one in the same. And the third leg of that triangle was Temple’s husband, poet and SMU professor Jack Myers. But in 2009, Myers died of a rare form of cancer, leaving Temple to run the Garret on her own. She talks to dallasnews.com about how she’s managed to keep the Dallas literary center thriving and how she’s coping without her husband.

BACK TO BALTIMORE: Last week, our Big Deal Giveaway was a couple tickets to see Hairspray at Casa Mañana. And from reading the reviews, it sounds like our winner was lucky indeed. “Casa Mañana’s production of the musical Hairspray … is fully teased, brushed and shaped by the strength of its cast and a gleeful approach to the material,” Punch Shaw writes in his dfw.com review. “It’s doubtful that the other [upcoming local] productions will manage a staging that’s as glossy and, with a few exceptions, nicely cast as Casa’s,” Mark Lowry writes on theaterjones.com. Check it out through Aug. 21.

THE BARD ON THE GO: If you happen to be in New York soon, you might catch a theater performance you weren’t expecting. That’s because an acting duo has recently taken to performing Shakespeare on the subway as a bit of pop-up theater. “Do we get tired? Yes. Is it sometimes grating? Yes,” says Fred Jones, who studied theater at the University of Texas, tells nytimes.com. “But at the end of the day we can look back and say: Nobody can take this away from us.”