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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 26 Feb 2013 8:01 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing Stage West’s ‘Taming of the Shrew,’ assessing the Cliburn field and celebrating Texas Independence Day.


A SHREWD ‘SHREW’: In Stage West’s modern staging of The Taming of the Shrew, five actors play all the roles in Shakespeare’s comedy. And while Punch Shaw says the acting is “super,” he admits in his review that it’s difficult to follow when an actor switches to a different character. But that didn’t keep Lawson Taitte from enjoying the performance. A lot. In fact, in his review, he calls the production, “not only the most satisfying The Taming of the Shrew in memory but one of the top Shakespeare productions hereabouts in years.” Check it out through March 24.

CURATING THE CLIBURN: Over the weekend, the final preliminary rounds for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition took place on the TCU campus. Twenty pianists took part; they’ll learn their fate when the finalists are announced March 5. But if you want to handicap the field, both and were on the scene all weekend to size up the competition. And in case you missed it, our own Bill Zeeble had the story of two TCU students who made the field.

TEXAS, OUR TEXAS: Saturday is Texas Independence Day – the 177th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. To commemorate the event, the Dallas Museum of Art’s Uncrated Blog has rounded up a selection works by Texas artists that have just gone up in the American Art Galleries on the fourth floor.