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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 11 Jun 2012 7:28 AM

Today in the roundup: The secret to Trinity Shakespeare’s success, the DMA’s Dallas-centric show and the art of walking while reading.


GREAT SHAKES: This year’s Trinity Shakespeare Festival gets going this week with two shows in repertory: The Merry Wives of Winsor and The Merchant of Venice. And while other companies do their best to trick up the Bard by reinventing his plays, Trinity artistic director T.J. Walsh says that sticking to the script is what works for him. “Not that’s there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not where I want to go,” he tells about the idea of making drastic changes. “We’re text-driven and actor-driven. I don’t think that while I’m the artistic director you’re going to see a wild concept of Shakespeare. We do move out of period and try new things visually, but we always focus on the play.”

DMA DOES DALLAS: Currently at the Dallas Museum of Art you can see a particularly Dallas-centric show. “Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz’s Impressions of Dallas, 1952” features 20 works that the German dadaist and satirist produced on a commission 60 years ago for the Harris and Company department store. Friend of Art&Seek Betsy Lewis recently checked out the show and writes on that it, “conveys a prominent outsider’s dreamy Texas metropolis, capturing the city’s booming energy at a time of racial segregation and blatant sexism, and bittersweet mid-century innocence.” You can also see some images from the exhibition – which runs through Aug. 19 – with her post.

WALK AND READ: What’s one to do when your train or bus arrives at your stop and you’re three pages away from finishing a particularly engrossing chapter in the book you’re reading? Take that book to the street, writes Lev Grossman in a funny (and useful!) post on about the art of readwalking. Here’s one of his tips: “In extreme cases I’ve even been known to draft off the backs of other pedestrians, the way cyclists do in a crowded peloton. I pick a target who looks like a fine upstanding citizen, with somewhere to be and a tolerant view of humanity. I find I can follow the person at a discreet, respectful distance, keeping his or her feet at the upper edge of my peripheral vision, and use them to lead me around fire hydrants and sidewalk café chairs and people hailing taxis, like a seeing-eye dog.”