STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Our local Latino theater groups are in the same boat as many similar groups around the country – they struggle to have their work seen and to raise the money necessary to show it. So they’ve banded together to form the North Texas Alliance of Latino Theatres. The group meets tonight at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. “There’s a strong network of Latino artists and theater groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that support each other but have never coalesced to achieve common goals,” Fort Worth performance artist Tammy Melody Gómez tells dallasnews.com. Teatro Dallas, Cara Mia, Teatro Flor Candela and Cambalache are among the companies taking part.
OPENING NIGHT: Tonight, Theatre Three opens the regional premiere of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Rajiv Joseph’s play looks at the effects of the Iraq War on participants from both sides. And if audiences are half as moved as director Jeffery Schmidt has been preparing the work, it should be a memorable night of theater. “In a time of so much global turmoil, working on this play has reaffirmed my faith in humanity in a very small, but significant way,” he tells theaterjones.com in a preview of the show.
A DOUBLE FEATURE: Gary Simmons Focus show at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was supposed to open in October. But plans changed when the New York-based Simmons couldn’t make it to town to install the exhibition because of Hurricane Sandy. So now it’s running concurrently with another Focus show by Yinka Shonibare, MBE. That makes for quite the one-two punch Gaile Robinson writes in her dfw.com review.