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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 27 Jun 2012 7:44 AM

Today in the roundup: Tourism is up at an area landmark, reviewing CTD’s Crimes of the Heart and Houston searches for an art vandal.


BACK AT THE RANCH: Are you watching the reboot of Dallas on TNT? A lot of people are. And that’s got visitors headed to Southfork again to check out the Ewing’s digs. According to, the number of people touring the site has tripled since the show came back to the air. “Merchandise is flying off our shelves,” Southfork marketing director Janna Timm says. “We’re considering an online store to meet the demand.”

A FAMILY AFFAIR: In Contemporary Theatre of Dallas’ Crimes of the Heart, three sisters gather at a hospital in their Mississippi home town, awaiting news on their ailing grandfather. That doesn’t really sound like a setup for comedy, but the reviewers say you’ll laugh through the tears. “The wounded, confused, bleating, and yes, bleeding, hearts of the three women on display are so swaddled in colorful country fluff that even the darkest notes of [Beth] Henley’s black comedy taste sweet and just the slightest bit stale, like day-old cotton candy,” Liz Johnstone writes on Front Row. “The first-rate ensemble performance makes us see once more that love and laughter may not overcome all the pain and sadness of the world – but they keep us afloat until we get our bearings,” Martha Heimberg writes on Catch it through July 15.

ON THE LOOKOUT: Last week, we passed along news that an important Picasso painting at Houston’s Menil Collection had been vanalized. Repair of the work is already underway, and now, authorities are on the lookout for 22-year-old Uriel Landeros.  If caught and convicted, he’s looking at a pair of third degree felonies.