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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 17 Aug 2010 8:05 AM

Today in the roundup: Aristophanes visits India, local music bits and Ben Stevenson on the big screen.


GREECE, VIA INDIA: If you saw the Dallas Theater Center’s Give it Up! this winter, then you know of Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ tale of the female solution to end the Peloponnesian War. Give it Up! set the story in a contemporary high school. And now Level Ground Arts’ Bollywood Lysistrata transfers the action to India, with the native men locked in a cricket duel with colonial Brits. Lawson Taitte writes in his review that the dances are fun but the show, “only teases us with a hint of social consciousness.” That lack of depth also bothered Michael Maiella. “For all its gender play, the prospect of war looms over Aristophanes’ play, adding a gravity to the bawdy comedy,” he writes in his Front Row review. “In the cricket adaption, nothing is at stake.” Judge for yourself through Sept. 5

MUSIC BITS: Mario Tarradell reviews new releases by local artists Dondria, The Secret Handshake and Max Stalling. ( … Neon Indian talks all things synth with Mr. Synth himself, Moby. (DC 9 at Night) … Sarah Jaffe includes a few of her Denton music buddies in her new video. (

DANCING TO A BETTER LIFE: The film Mao’s Last Dancer, which opens later this month, tells the story of Li Cunxin, a dancer who fled China and eventually became one of the world’s premiere ballet artists. The Wall Street Journal tells the story of how Texas Ballet Theater’s Ben Stevenson discovered Cunxin during a trip to Beijing and arranged for him to study in Houston, where Stevenson was the artistic director of the Houston Ballet. The taste of life outside China that Cunxin got in Houston ultimately led to his decision not to return. If you want to hear more of the story, be sure to tune in to Think at noon on Thursday, when Stevenson will be Krys Boyd’s guest.

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