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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 21 Mar 2012

Today in the roundup: Reviewing ‘Superior Donuts,’ a local trilogy comes to life and awards for student artists.

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SUPERIOR ‘SUPERIOR’: Earlier this week, Theatre Three presented the North Texas debut of Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts. The play follows the owner of a Chicago donut shop and his younger assistant. And from reading the reviews, it sounds as if it’s one worth seeing. “This is a major script in one of Theatre Three’s strongest interpretations,” Lawson Taitte writes on dallasnews.com. Van Quattro plays the shop owner and is receiving particularly strong reviews. “Quattro’s Arthur contains the emotional force of the play, and his performance is a varied, yet steady study in internal acting,” M. Lance Lusk writes on Front Row. Check it out through April 15.

TRIPLE PLAY: Last summer, I talked with Dallas playwright Eric Steele about his new play Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self. The play is the third piece of a trilogy, and Steele talked about his plans to turn each play into a short film and play them all together. Fast forward nearly a year, and Steele is getting pretty close. Beginning Thursday, he’ll partner with Second Thought Theatre to present his Midwest Trilogy, which will include film and live versions of the plays. He talks with theaterjones.com about the process.

KUDDOS TO THE KIDS: The Goss-Michael Foundation has announced the winners of its fifth annual student art contest. This year, students were asked to, “explore and experiment with the word “HUMAN It –arian” as three separate entities or create an artistic interpretation of the word humanitarian.” Elizabeth L. Housewright of Lake Highlands High School, Raven Johnson from Garland High School and Claudia Ramos of Newman Smith High School took the top three prizes. The winners will be featured on the foundation’s website.

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