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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 9 Aug 2012 7:37 AM

Today in the roundup: The DMN’s combo critic, Pantagleize twangs up the Bard and an up-and-coming Fort Worth rapper.


A NEW CRITIC: The Dallas Morning News announced this morning that it is partnering with UT-Arlington to fund a faculty position at the school. That person will serve as the paper’s architecture critic and teach one class per semester. The school’s architecture school – the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture – is named for the former DMN architecture critic.

THE BARD (WITH DRAWL): Next week, Pantagleize Theatre Company will open A Midsummer Night in Texas, which is exactly what it sounds like. But the twanging of Shakespeare’s play isn’t even the most notable element of the production. That would be that the actors range in age from 55-80-plus. And those actors, who mostly have little acting experience, have come to play. “I’m surprised at how well the age factor is working,” Pantagleize artistic director Violet O’Valle tells “Sometimes [in Shakespearean productions] you see young actors who have an earnest quality that makes up for the fact they don’t have much depth. These actors have depth. They’re not ponderous or artificial or self-important.”

QUOTABLE: “It’s funny. In rap, you have to be really aggressive, and prove yourself, and be mean and brag. Really, in real life, I’m not like that … But we all do have two sides. Sometimes, I wake up and I’m feeling bragadocious and sometimes I’m not.”

– Fort Worth rapper Snow Tha Product, in an interview with Never heard of her? The site has also posted a selection of her videos to bring you up to speed.