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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 23 Feb 2012 7:53 AM

Today in the roundup: A drive-in heads our way, David Mamet in Fort Worth and why noise is good for writing.


WHAT’S OLD IS NEW: With movies like The Artist, Midnight in Paris and Hugo, Hollywood has been on a nostalgia kick of late. So it’s only fitting that exhibitors would follow suit. To that end, a three-screen drive-in movie theater is planned for a spot just north of downtown Fort Worth. It’ll also include space for people who arrive sans car, and just so you won’t forget you’re in Fort Worth, there will also be hitching posts. Look for an early summer opening.

LAST CHANCE: There are just two performances left of David Mamet’s Oleanna at Arts Fort Worth. And judging from the reviews, it sounds as if it’s worth your effort to take in this small play about a battle between a college professor and his female student. “In an era of oversensitivity to the political correctness machine, not to mention new levels of bullying in the social media age, Oleanna is likely to stir more passionate debate than ever,” Mark Lowry writes on “This is a play that will foster lively debate and thoughtful conversations,” Kris Noteboom writes on “It is didactic in the truest sense of the word and that, in addition to Mamet’s unquestionable talent at striking a very human tone in his work, is what makes it truly exceptional.” Catch it Friday or Saturday.

BRING THE NOISE: Fancy  yourself a writer? A new study says that a moderate level of background noise can actually be beneficial. “The study adds to research suggesting that small doses of distraction — including hard-to-read fonts — prompt the mind to work at a more abstract level, which is also a more creative level,” reports The Wall Street Journal.