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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 13 Jul 2012 7:45 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing ‘What the Butler Saw’ at Stage West, previewing FIT and what’s ahead for ‘Jersey Boys.’


IT’S A FARCE: Stage West’s What the Butler Saw is a sex farce involving a philandering psychiatrist, his nymphomaniac wife and a cast of other cooky characters (but, oddly, no butler) who bound in and out of those doors at just the wrong time. And it sounds as if all that zaniness adds up to a good time. “The strange proceedings in the psychiatric hospital that provide the appropriate setting for this madness may seem to be exaggerated beyond any acceptable level,” Punch Shaw writes on “But, once you understand how far out there this script is (and embrace its calculated quirkiness), all the action just gets funnier and funnier as it gets curiouser and curiouser.” “Stage West’s production, which opened last weekend, is directed with an even, steady hand by the theater’s artistic director, Jim Covault, who also designed the simple, yet highly functional and specific set,” Liz Johnstone writes on Front Row. Check it out through Aug. 5.

A GOOD FIT: The Festival of Independent Theatres gets going tonight at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. This year’s festival features eight one-act shows, which will each be performed multiple times. “The schedule this year has emergent playwrights, alongside founding companies like WingSpan and Echo,” FIT managing director David Meglino tells theaterjones in a preview of the event. “You come for Edward Albee and stay for some rip-roaring comedy or a drink downstairs.”

STAGE TO SCREEN: You’ve got through Sunday to check out Jersey Boys at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. But if you can’t make it, you may soon be in luck – the Jersey Boys movie is getting closer to becoming a reality. That’s because Jon Favreau is in negotiations to direct, according to And when the movie finally does hit screens, you’ll have Dallas’ Tim Headington partly to thank. He’s one of the producers of the film.