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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 3 Jul 2013

Maxwell Anderson on why free is good, Theatre Britain’s non-holiday hit and an archaeological discovery that will greatly interest the Kimbell.

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ALL ABOUT ALBERT: In Theatre Britain’s brand new show, Albert’s Anthology, a man nearing 100 wows his great-grandson with stories of his adventurous life. It’s the first non-holiday show the theater’s produced in a long time. And it sounds as if it’s worth the special programming slot. “Theatre Britain’s Albert’s Anthology is both slight and heavily padded. It might still give you a chuckle or put a frog in your throat,” is how Lawson Taitte begins his dallasnews.com review. “Directed by Sue Birch, the action moves along briskly, the accents are on point and the performances are charming,” Mark Lowry writes on theaterjones.com. The final four performances of the show are this weekend.

FREE MUSEUMS: The Dallas Museum of Art’s free admission policy is perking up ears around the country. Most recently, it’s got the Chicago Sun-Times asking if its city museums should go free. Current admission prices in the city range from $18-$23. To get some perspective, the paper asked the chief architect of the DMA’s free policy, Maxwell Anderson, about why free is the way to go. “When you’re in a city that is not as reliant on tourism – and Dallas and Fort Worth, frankly, are not – the impetus is less on tourism and more on serving the local market,” Anderson says. “And I’m of the sense that if the bottom line is not driven by tickets, which it is typically not – I think you’ve seen the statistic, it’s about 4 percent nationally – if there are other ways to find that 4 percent, I think it is a better offer for your city and the museum.”

AN ANCIENT DISCOVERY: The Kimbell Art Museum is currently hosting “Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes,” which collects more than 100 pieces of art created by the civilization that ruled Peru from 600-1000. And now, scholars are about to get their hands on new material that may offer more insight into these people who had no written language. That’s because a team of researchers has just discovered the first unlooted Wari imperial tomb. You can see pictures from the site, including some of the items they’ve uncovered, at nationalgeographic.com.

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