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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 21 May 2012

Today in the roundup: Reviewing FW Opera's 'Figaro,' 35 Denton's impact on its host city and Ernesto Neto discusses his work at the Nasher.

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FINDING “FIGARO”: On Saturday, Fort Worth Opera debuted its take on Mozart”s The Marriage of Figaro. And for this one the reviews are running from average to a little less than. “The production ends up being a comfortable couple of hours at the opera; there is little new or different about this staging, but the quality is high and good for several laughs,” is how John Norine Jr. sums it up in his theaterjones.com review. Scott Cantrell was bothered by one particular aspect. “What spoils the experience is insensitive, hyperkinetic direction by Eric Einhorn,” he writes on dallasnews.com. “Things settle down in the second act, but in the first act not a single character stands still for a second. They’re running around, crawling, flailing and mugging. This is casino pokies online the Three Stooges school of comedy.” Your next chance to see the show is Sunday.

DOLLARS IN DENTON: Michael Seman is a Ph.D candidate at UT-Arlington who”s interested in the effect a city”s music scene has on a city. And what better city to explore than Denton? In a story for The Atlantic, Seman writes specifically about what 35 Denton has meant for the city. “It”s hard to remove what”s going on with 35 Denton and the energy it”s put into downtown venues that host music throughout the year,” Denton city councilmember Kevin Roden tells Seman in the story.

QUOTABLE: “My goal is to have a piece of art that even without anybody, you see it as a sculpture, as an art piece. And then when you have people there, you have a second level of interpretation, the relationship to that. And when you are the person inside, you have a third level of interpretation.”

– Ernesto Neto, discussing his interactive sculptures on display at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Read more from Neto on Front Row.

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