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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 16 Feb 2012 8:02 AM

Today in the roundup: A top-notch Night of the Iguana, local music bits and Betty Buckley’s keys to success.


GOOD ‘NIGHT’: Contemporary Theatre of Dallas is currently presenting Tennessee William’s The Night of the Iguana. If you’ve never seen this modern classic, it sounds as if this is a production worth waiting for. “It is to the credit of this excellent cast (and director René Moreno) that any instinct for the easy sentimentality that plagues lesser productions has been entirely excised,” Liz Johnstone writes on Front Row. Lawson Taitte was also impressed. “Brilliant productions of American masterpieces don’t come along very often, so you’d best high-tail it to Contemporary Theatre of Dallas’ The Night of the Iguana,” he begins his review. Catch it through March 4.

MUSIC BITS: Julie Doyle and Tim DeLaughter talk about what’s up next for the Polyphonic Spree, including a possible new album. ( … Fort Worth is sending more bands than usual down to SXSW. ( … The Homegrown Music and Art Festival has announced its initial list of bands. (DC9 at Night)

LESSONS FROM BETTY: Fort Worth’s Betty Buckley is best known as a legendary Broadway performer. But for more than 30 years, she’s also coached budding performers on how to interpret their songs. She recently held one of her master classes at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and had a fly-on-the-wall vantage point. Lots of tricks of the trade were revealed.