MORE MOBY: The reviews continue to trickle in for the Dallas Opera’s Moby Dick. In addition to the ones we’ve collected here, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal have also weighed in. “The Dallas Opera certainly did right by this one,” writes Anne Midgette of the Post. “The casting was stunning — I’ve seldom heard such a uniformly strong cast.” Heidi Waleson of the Journal was also impressed, but a little less so. “For the most part, the opera was engaging and well paced,” she writes. “Still, I longed for some dissonance, an edge to the music that would awaken a visceral sense of terror.”
WE’RE NO. 1: If you’ve spent much time in bars around town, you’ve no doubt played (or at least watched) those pop culture video games that a lot of them have. You know the ones – four choices flash on the screen, and the incorrect ones disappear one by one to reveal the answer. Well, the company that makes those, NTN Buzztime, says North Texas players have the highest pop culture IQ in the land. The question, though, is why. Unfortunately, I think Tom Maurstad at dallasnews.com pinpoints the reason accurately. “North Texas is flat and brown, with no natural wonders to pull us away from our TVs, computers and video games,” he writes. “No oceans, no mountains, no forests, not much in the way of hills, and speaking of flat and brown, a collection of man-made lakes.” In other words, there’s not much out there to pull us away from those Tuesday night marathons of The Office. If that sounds depressing, take solace in the fact that if you ever find yourself matched up on Jeopardy! against someone from, say, Eugene Ore., you should smite them pretty easily.
HUZZAH FOR HORTON: Back in March, we told you about the Horton Foote Festival coming to the area next spring. The full schedule won’t be announced for a while now, but here’s hoping someone takes on Orphan’s Home cycle. The current New York production was named best play at Sunday’s Lucille Lortel Awards – a big deal for Off-Broadway plays. It’ll soon make the jump to Broadway, but it missed the cut for this year’s Tony Awards.