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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 15 Sep 2010 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: DFW Theater Critics Forum winners, a stunning My Fair Lady and a complaint about DART’s art program.


AND THE WINNER ARE: The Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum has announced its 2009-10 award winners. Shows that opened between Sept. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2010 were eligible. Dallas Theater Center, Circle Theatre and Undermain Theatre were among the big winners. Check the complete list here. Lawson Taitte and Alexandra Bonifield discuss how the winners were picked.

MORE THAN ‘FAIR’: Lyric Stage is famous for its productions that are backed by a full orchestra. The trend continues with its current My Fair Lady, and the result has the critics raving. “Music director and conductor Jay Dias peels the onion on a lush score,” Mark Lowry writes on dfw.com. “Director and choreographer Len Pfluger matches him with one of the best ensemble casts ever assembled in these parts.” And he’s not alone in his high praise. On theaterjones.com, Kris Noteboom calls the production, “a heartfelt effort illuminated by excellent design and dedicated performances.” And Lawson Taitte sums it up simply:  “All in all, My Fair Lady just doesn’t get any better than this.” If all that praise has piqued your interest, you’ve got until Sunday to see the show.

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Phase II of DART’s Green Line is scheduled to open later this year. And like some other stations in the system, stops along this line will feature artwork to help take your mind off the wait for the train. Artist James Michael Starr was put in charge of the art at the Downtown Carrollton station. But he writes on D Magazine’s Front Row blog that the experience didn’t turn out the way he hoped.