GETTING LUCKY: In Echo Theatre’s The Lucky Chance, or The Alderman’s Bargain, two young women in arranged marriages search for real love in swinging 1960s London. The play is by Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright, and is directed by René Moreno. And it sounds like a lot of fun. “The fun of the show is in hearing the witty and suggestive words of Behn’s script delivered perfectly by the excellent 12-member cast, tricked out in Ryan Matthieu Smith’s gaudy and sexy ’60s costumes,” Martha Heimberg writes on theaterjones.com. Lawson Taitte agrees. “The acting by a cast of 12 is superb all around,” he writes on dallasnews.com. Check it out through Feb. 23.
TODAY IN THE ‘TIMES’: Couple of stories of local interest in the Old Gray Lady today. First, Anthony Tommasini reviews Opera Philadelphia’s production of Silent Night. Kevin Puts’ work won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music. “This score … balances turmoil with introspection in a way that keeps drawing you into a story that could easily turn sentimental,” Tommasini writes. The reason you should care about all of this, of course, is because Fort Worth Opera has Silent Night slated for next season. Also today is the story that Julia Pastrana will finally be buried near her birthplace of Sinaloa, Mexico. If that name sounds familiar, then maybe you caught Amphibian Stage Productions’ The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World last year.
QUOTABLE: “This is huge. It’s like telling someone you auditioned for the Olympics. The Cliburn is the Olympics of piano, at least that’s how I think of it.”
– Jeanette Aufiero, after auditioning for the 2013 Cliburn International Piano Competition in New York. There’s more coverage of the auditions on dfw.com.