ROLE WITH IT: When Jerry Russell, director of Stage West’s RolePlay, talked with dfw.com about the play’s author, Alan Ayckbourn, he didn’t mince words. “I think Ayckbourn is the greatest playwright who ever lived,” he said. High praise, indeed. RolePlay revolves around a couple planning the dinner party at which their parents will meet. Of course, the plans go flying off the tracks when a couple of neighbors drop in unexpectedly. “Stage West’s current production of Roleplay under master comic director Jerry Russell does Ayckbourn’s play full justice with an able, go-for-broke cast of regional talents,” writes Alexandra Bonifield in her review. Lawson Taitte was also impressed with those regional talents, particularly Dana Schultes, who plays a stripper who shows up unannounced. “Schultes makes the most of her physical aches and pains, her increasing dread, and her fiery determination,” he writes. RolePlay runs through July 25.
TOUGH TO PIN DOWN: RolePlay isn’t the only Fort Worth production earning positive reviews these days. Circle Theatre’s regional premiere of Something Intangible also sounds like a hit. It uses a cast of well-known local actors (Chamblee Ferguson, Regan Adair, Nancy Sherrard) to tell the story of Walt and Roy Disney’s competing visions. “Circle has previously offered Ferguson the chance to stretch artistically, and it has done so again,” Lawson Taitte writes in his review. “Texas’ finest comic actor is a great match for a character who aches to be taken more seriously.” Punch Shaw was equally impressed with Adair. “It would be impossible to over-praise Adair’s performance as the grounded brother who has the dull task of looking after the dollars and cents paying for his sibling’s artistic excesses.” Something Intangible runs through July 24.
VIDEO REPLAY: Did you make it out to the Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards on Sunday? If not (or even if you did), several video clips from the day are now up at fwweekly.com. … First Baptist Church of Lewisville was in New Orleans playing an outdoor concert. Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” was on the set list, and who shows up to take part but the man himself. DC9 at Night has proof.
QUICK CHANGE: Patrick Cassidy, who plays the villain Max Menken in Dallas Theater Center’s It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman, has been tapped to replace Brian Stokes Mitchell as Frank Butler in the Ravinia Festival production of Annie Get Your Gun. He’s a logical choice – he played Butler in the show’s last Broadway staging. (nytimes.com)