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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 23 May 2012

Today in the roundup: More reviews of FW Opera’s ‘Figaro,’ local music bits and an elegant trip to Paris via Ochre House.

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MORE ‘FIGARO’ REVIEWS: On Monday, we pointed you to a few reviews of Fort Worth Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro. And since then, a few more assessments of Mozart’s opera have emerged. “The Fort Worth Symphony and conductor Stewart Robinson constantly interwove Mozart’s flowing of lines and expressive colors, contributing to the aura of humanity and immediacy that kept the audience laughing out loud at this immortal comedy of manners,” writes Wayne Lee Gay on Front Row. Olin Chism also liked the music, but he found problems elsewhere. “Fortunately, the Fort Worth Opera’s new Marriage of Figaro has musical pleasures aplenty. It needs them to compensate for a theatrical conception that’s pretty much a mess,” he writes on dfw.com. Meanwhile, David Weuste was pretty ecstatic about the whole thing. “Figaro was yet another comic-opera on par both with last year’s The Mikado, and Elixir of Love the year before that — which should already have Fort Worth Opera-goers excited for next season’s La fille du régiment,” he writes on everydayopera.com. Your next crack at seeing he show is Sunday.

LOCAL MUSIC BITS: Becki Howard talks about how she goes about programming the Patio Sessions at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. (DC9 at Night) … Fort Worth’s new Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge opens in June, and the venue has announced the first acts who will perform there. (dfw.com)

PARTIAL TO PARIS: For Cicerone, Ochre House’s Matthew Posey delivers us to 1930s Paris to watch the maturation of a young Henry Miller. Along the way, we run into Anais Nin, Salvador Dali and a host of other characters as the aging Miller (Posey) recounts his heyday. “The strength of the play is in Posey’s extraordinary sympathetic portrayal of Miller – and the actor looks awfully like the photos of Miller from the ’40s after he returned to America,” Martha Heimberg writes on theaterjones.com. “As always at Ochre House, the performances are terrific,” Lawson Taitte writes on dallasnews.com. “Company regulars Mitchell Parrack and Trenton Stephenson could be the Marx Brothers as they pop up from time to time as friends of Miller’s.” Catch the show through June 9.

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