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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 6 Apr 2011 7:57 AM

Today in the roundup: A DIFF rising star, a Dallas Art Fair preview and Horton Foote Fest reviews.


MAKING HIS MOVE: In a Q&A I did with Clay Liford, the Wuss director talked about working with non-actors. One of those non-actors is 16-year-old Ryan Anderson, who plays a student who beats up his teacher. And as he tells, now he can add “actor” to a resume that already includes rapper. Wuss shows tonight at 10:30 at the Angelika during the Dallas International Film Festival.

GALLERY TIME: The third Dallas Art Fair takes over F.I.G. beginning Thursday night with a preview gala. The fair opens to the public on Friday and will bring together 75 galleries, the majority of which are from outside Texas. Chris Byrne, the co-founder of the fair, offers a preview in the newest episode of Art This Week.

ATL TO DAL: The Young Man From Atlanta is Uptown Players’ contribution to the Horton Foote Festival. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a man’s life unravels when he learns that his family gave all its money to his son’s former roommate. “Slightly sluggish pacing is the only drawback, but Upstart does well with their polished treatment of a gem of a play from Foote’s oeuvre with fine character work and tremendous attention to detail,” M. Lance Lusk writes in his Front Row review. Meanwhile, David Novinski was lukewarm on “More things don’t happen than do in this play and the action is in how the actors react and the characters resolve to muscle on. The war is won or lost in the nuance. Some parts go better than others but in total, Uptown Players can be proud with their Foote up.” The show runs through April 17.