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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 3 Nov 2011

Today in the roundup: Reviewing Theatre Arlington’s “Corpse!,” local music bits and the importance of natural talent.


KILLER COMEDY: Theatre Arlington’s comedy Corpse! follows an out-of-work man who plans to kill his more successful brother. The plot sounds promising, but the reviewers seem to be mixed on the results. “Up and coming regional director Andy Baldwin assembled an experienced cast well versed in delivering 100% and fine-tuned them with confident precision,” writes Alexandra Bonifield on criticalrant.com. But Punch Shaw was less impressed. “It is an evil-twin tale that tries to be both a suspenseful thriller and a comedy,” he writes on dfw.com. “But despite the fine efforts of lead actor Jeff Swearingen, as identical siblings Rupert and Evelyn Farrant, it does not succeed in being either.” Judge for yourself through Nov. 13.

MUSIC BITS: Out of the ashes of Fort Worth’s 100 Damned Guns arises the Paychecks. (dfw.com) … After years of ups and downs, Fort Worth singer-songwriter Scott Copeland could be about to break out with a new CD. (fwweekly.com) … Arlington’s Mark Wayne Glasmire is happy to make music expressly for baby bommers. (dallasnews.com)

BORN THIS WAY: How much of being good at something – playing an instrument, for example – is practice and how much is just natural talent? According to a new scientific paper, a person’s innate abilities might be more important than previously thought. Depending on who you are, this will either be your motivation to practice harder or your excuse to quit. Either way, you’re welcome!