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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 28 Jun 2012 7:53 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing Pantagleize’s Woyzeck, local art collectors among the world’s most active and a study looks at the cultural building boom.


MURDER IN FORT WORTH: Pantagleize Theatre is currently staging the German drama Woyzeck, the true story of a man who kills his wife after he’s driven to madness. It’s a complex story of class, and the reviewers seem to be down the middle on it – neither ranting or raving. “The primarily young cast energetically goes about the task of unpacking the dense subject matter,” Phil Cerroni writes on Mark Lowry had some quibbles in his review but notes, “In acting and concept, though, it’s definitely one of Pantagleize’s strongest shows.” Meanwhile, Liz Johnstone was a little disappointed. “For a show with nonconsensual sex and two murders, I found myself itching for something more dark and disturbing,” she writes on Front Row. “The tepid morbidity of [Director Kami] Rogers’ adaptation of Woyzeck contributes to the play feeling clunky, at times, rather than tense.” Judge for yourself through Sunday.

THE COLLECTORS: ARTnews has released its list of the 200 Top Collectors, essentially the most active art buyers in the world. These are the folks that every high-end gallery has on speed dial. And there are a number of North Texas names on the alphabetical list: Dallas’ Cindy and Howard Rachofsky (contemporary and postwar American and European art; postwar Japanese art); Dallas’ Deedie and Rusty Rose (contemporary European, American, and Latin American art), Dallas’ Gayle and Paul Stoffel (contemporary art); and Fort Worth’s Alice Walton (American art, contemporary art).

THE BUILDING BOOM: A new study conducted by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago examines the cultural building boom of 1994-2008 – a time period that includes the recent Arts District expansion. And the takeaway from it is that these buildings get built more as status symbols and less as an answer to any real question. “This issue between confusing a want with a need is enormous in the sector,” Carroll Joynes, a founder and senior fellow at the policy center, tells The AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin were both included in the study, which will be released today.