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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 23 Jul 2010 7:55 AM

Today in the roundup: Gaga takes the stage, the best in Dallas culture and a chat with local theater luminaries.


GAGA FOR GAGA: The American Airlines Center was host to maybe the most anticipated concert of the year last night. People either love Lady Gaga or think she’s the pop knockoff to end all knockoffs. But on Thursday night, we finally got to judge her locally based on a live performance. Mario Tarradell felt that all of her over-the-top antics didn’t really add much to the songs. He was looking forward to “Speechless,” but, “She had to have that piano top in flames distracting us from the melody, the lyrics and the performance,” he writes on Preston Jones called the night, “a highly theatrical performance that owes a hefty debt to The Wizard of Oz — and maybe fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier,” in his Star-Telegram review. If you’re looking for a blow-by-blow account, check out Quick’s Twitter feed ( Favorite tweet: “Is she wearing a curtain rod dress right now?”

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL: D Magazine has named its Best of Big D 2010: Culture winners. Congratulations go to my friend and former colleague Scott Cantrell, who was named best critic, and my friend and current colleague Krys Boyd, who was named best radio broadcaster. Undermain Theatre scored a nice twosome in winning best theater and best actor for Bruce DuBose. Dallas Theater Center company member Sally Nystuen Vahle was named best actress.

ALL THINGS THEATER: The This Week in the Arts podcast goes theater intensive this week. Guests include John C. Moore, who directed and adapted Edward Abbey: Wild & Iron Sky, which debuts this weekend at Hip Pocket Theatre, and Festival of Independent Theatres technical director Graeme Bice.