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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 17 Aug 2012 7:51 AM

Today in the roundup: Assessing Circle Theatre’s See How They Run, a shakeup at Live Oak and a primer on FWSO’s weekend concerts.


A FUN ‘RUN’: If you’re a fan of the lineup of British comedies we show on KERA, you’re probably the target audience for Circle Theatre’s current show. See How They Run is set in an English village during World War II and packs in plenty of silly situations for its players. “Robin Armstrong, who has directed farces at Circle to great success in recent years (Incorruptible, Boeing-Boeing), hits another home run here,” Mark Lowry writes on “No one else around has as delicate a hand in staging broad physical comedy,” Lawson Taitte says about Armstrong on And the actors also hold their own. “The level of acting is superb, as each performer moves trippingly along in a well-oiled replica of a classic 1940s comedy,” Phil Cerroni writes on Catch it through Sept. 8

CHECKING IN ON LIVE OAK: Fort Worth’s Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge has been open since June, and already it’s gone through a fairly major overhaul. New music bookers have been hired in an effort to liven the place up a bit. And on top of that, new publicists have been brought on board. That’s got Hearsay thinking about what the venue could be. “Fort Worth needs a place for the kinds of groundbreaking, ultra-hip international indie-rock bands that, when they hit Texas, normally play only Dallas, Austin, and Houston,” says the music column on “I’m talking about mid-level greats like Dawes, Passion Pit, Centro-matic, Fleet Foxes, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Denton’s Midlake. Those kinds of acts. Can Live Oak be that place? Eh, I’m not sure. On the plus side, Live Oak’s acoustics are world class. On the downside, the place is kind of small.” Stay tuned.

‘MERICAN MUSIC: This weekend, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra devotes its performances to legendary American composers. The American Festival will feature works by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, John Williams and others. Names we’re all familiar with, but guys we should probably know a little more about, right? If that’s you, be sure to check out’s primer on the composers featured in the fest.