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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 5 Jun 2012 7:58 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing AARP’s ‘Warriors Don’t Cry,’ the DSO’s once and future organist and bailouts for artists.


FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT: Warriors Don’t Cry – currently onstage at African-American Repertory Theater in DeSoto – tells the story of one of the black high school students who helped to desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School. The one-woman show is based on a book written by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals and stars Regina Washington. And the powerful story has the critics moved. “‘Important’ plays certainly have their place, and the good ones transcend mere entertainment,” M. Lance Lusk writes on Front Row. “This play is one of those rare few that entertains, educates, and enlightens.” Meanwhile, David Novinski writes on that the play should be “required viewing” in schools. Check it out through Sunday.

SHE’S BACK: About a week ago, Mary Preston was dismissed as organist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. But now the DSO has reversed course, offering the 18-year veteran of the group a new contract for the 2012-13 season. Scott Cantrell says good move.

HELPING ARTISTS IN NEED: Have you heard of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund? How about Writers Emergency Assistance Fund or the Author’s League Fund? They’re all programs that are designed to help people in creative careers when they are down on their luck. Consider them mini-TARPS. And as reports, many artists are benefiting from them.