John Patrick Shanley‘s two most recent plays, Doubt and Defiance, will have their North Texas premieres this fall at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre and Theatre Three in Dallas. Both are part of the Bronx-born, Irish-American writer’s trilogy about bedrock institutions under fire. Doubt: A Parable, which takes place at a Catholic school, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2005 and is being made into a movie. Defiance (2006) is set in the military.
Hockey rock: If The Toadies are really planning to release a new album and attempt another world takeover, the no-longer-late-but-still-great Fort Worth band is building a nice head of buzz. Their latest triumph is a brief performance scheduled for the first intermission of Monday’s Stars playoff game vs. the Red Wings.