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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 24 May 2012 8:03 AM

Today in the roundup: An inspiring local music story, reviewing Jubilee Theatre’s latest and behind the scenes at a museum installation.


BATTLE OF THE BAND: Rangers radio announcer Eric Nadel is hosting his benefit birthday party tonight at the Kessler Theater. Dallas’ Ray Johnston Band opens the show, and it really is a wonder its frontman is even there. That’s because Johnston has battled leukemia since 2004, though the disease has been in remission since 2010. And that new lease on life has him thinking big. Really big. “We want to sell out Cowboys Stadium and the American Airlines Center,” he tells “and I really believe we can. One of these days. One of these days.”

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Jubilee Theatre’s current show – Broke-ology: The Science of Being Broke – will resonate with a lot of people these days. It follows a poor family who really runs into trouble when the father becomes seriously ill and the two sons are forced to take responsibility. “[Director Tre] Garrett and his topnotch cast lend a pop and zing to the material that transcends any weaknesses in the script,” M. Lance Lusk writes in his Front Row review. “Just as he did with Pretty Fire and Topdog/Underdog, Garrett displays a knack for teasing out painful, tense domestic moments.” Punch Shaw was hot and cold on the script but also impressed by the performances – particularly David Jeremiah’s. “His use of diction to define his role as the more promising brother is especially well-done,” he writes on “If nothing else, this show reminds us that Jeremiah is one of the best actors in our market right now.”  Check it out through June 9.

SCENES FROM AN INSTALLATION: Have you had a chance to check out “Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz’s Impressions of Dallas, 1952” at the Dallas Museum of Art? If the answer is yes and you’d like to know more about the show, the museum’s Uncrated blog has posted several pictures that detail the installation process.