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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 20 Apr 2011 8:03 AM

Today in the roundup: Teresita Fernández at the Modern, Strindberg at the Undermain and “dynamic pricing” for concerts.


ZOOMING IN ON …: You may have seen Teresita Fernández’s series of mirrored cubes, which is part of the Cowboys Stadium art collection. Or maybe you saw her contribution to the accompanying “Big New Field” exhibition that recently closed at the Dallas Museum of Art. If those pieces have you intrigued, get thee to the Modern for “FOCUS: Teresita Fernández,” which just opened. In her review, Gaile Robinson calls it “a brilliant installation,” and writes, “The pieces she brought to the Modern look made for the museum and, in a sense, they were. Fernández took into account the architect, the architecture, the placement of the galleries in the building, their shape and how her work could meld with all of these.”

RIGHT ON TIME: Last weekend, the Undermain Theatre opened Easter, one of August Strindberg’s rarely performed works. In the play, a family moves through some of the same themes as the holiday. “Director Katherine Owens’ actors turn in performances as clear and as restrained as [John] Arnone’s set and as luminous as Steve Woods’ lighting,” Lawson Taitte writes in his review. M. Lance Lusk notes that your view on religion might affect how you accept the play. “The play is laden with religious symbolism and earnest talk about redemption. When some audience members over-laughed at some of these moments, it was hard to tell if they mistook the sincerity as farce, or if the laughter was a release, a manifestation of a nervousness born out of an emotionally fraught drama,” he writes on Front Row. Catch the show through May 14.

TICKETS AND THE OPEN MARKET: Now when you buy a concert ticket, you could be paying even more for those choice seats. Ticketmaster has introduced “dynamic pricing,” which allows bands and sports teams to raise and lower prices of seats depending on initial audience demand. The move is an effort to cut out scalper profits.