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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 25 Sep 2012 7:36 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing Shakespeare Dallas’ Macbeth, Ann Richards on stage and screen and a preview of TITAS’ dance season opener.


SPOT ON: Shakespeare Dallas wraps up its current season with Macbeth, one of the Bard’s more frequently produced works in these parts. Maybe you’ve seen it recently, maybe you haven’t thought about it since high school. Either way, it sounds as if this Macbeth is worth a revisit. “A new version is always welcome … when it looks and sounds as good as this one and has stars like Chris Hury and Joanna Schellenberg,” Lawson Taitte writes on “One could say that staging this ‘cursed’ piece as SD’s last play in a dazzling season is tempting fate; however, the proof is in the performance, and this one is a winner beyond any superstition,” M. Lance Lusk writes on Front Row. “The production exudes a well-defined academic sensibility, surely pleasing the teachers who chaperoned contingents of high school students to opening night,” Alexandra Bonifield writes on The show runs at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre through Saturday before shipping up to Addison.

THE RETURN OF ANN: Ann Richards is having a bit of a comeback these days. VideoFest is opening its run at the Dallas Museum of Art on Thursday with Ann Richards’ Texas, a documentary about the state’s 45th governor. (About half way through my screener; very much looking forward to watching the rest tonight.) And now news comes down that Ann, the one-woman show written and performed by Holland Taylor, will open on Broadway in March. For more on all things Ann, listen to Think on Thursay, when Ann Richards’ Texas director Keith Patterson will be a guest.

DANCE TALK: On Saturday, TITAS opens its dance season with Doug Varone and Dancers, the modern dance company based in New York. And in an interview with, the company’s namesake explains how he keeps his work accessible. “I always say I feel that I create work and situations that audiences recognize because I recognize it. I build work about everyday events. It’s about the depth of what we go through in life. It’s about emotions. It’s about relationships. And those are all things that are immensely universal,” he says.