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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 16 Jun 2011 8:07 AM

Today in the roundup: Opinions of Oliver!, making movies straight for the Web and baby art critics.


OVATIONS FOR ‘OLIVER!’: You’ve got four more chances to see Lyric Stage’s production of Oliver!, including tonight’s show. And after sorting through the reviews, it sounds as if you should. “The stage revival that producer Steven Jones’ creative team has mounted keeps the tradition of excellence intact,” Perry Stewart writes on “The 30-piece orchestra under musical director Jay Dias also cushions the show in a rich violin sound that Broadway audiences have hardly heard in decades,” Lawson Taitte writes on But Mark Lowry was a little more luke-warm on the whole thing. “Director Cheryl Denson’s staging looks and sounds great but feels like a bunch of scenes strung together rather than connecting as a whole,” he writes on

MINI MOVIES: There are many paths to a career in Hollywood, and one route that is becoming more popular these days is making content expressly for the Internet. That’s the strategy Dallas director Blake Calhoun has taken with a pair of Web movie serials: Pink and Exposed. “Pioneer is an overused word,” Calhoun tells in a feature about his work. “But we certainly had an entrepreneurial spirit.”

CRITICAL KIDS: Looking for a reason to go see “Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–1912,” at the Kimbell Museum of Art? Well, here’s one: the tykes in your house will like it. According to a new study, 9-month-old babies heavily preferred Picasso’s work over Monet’s (which means you might as well leave them at home when the Impressionists come to town next year).