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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 15 Mar 2013 7:54 AM

Today in the roundup: Griping about the Perot, Stage West’s side show and The Power Station hires an artistic director.


PROBLEMS WITH THE PEROT: More than 350,000 visitors have stopped by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science since it opened in December. And Tim Rogers says that huge turnout is getting out of hand. “The great wisdom of staggering admission times — again, I thought — was that the 25 percent of us who mind our children and ourselves could touch a tornado,” he writes on Front Burner after visiting the museum this week (and, yes, he makes concessions for the fact that it was during spring break). “The joint would be sparsely populated enough that the jerks wouldn’t be numerous enough to ruin a good time.” Tim’s suggestion: “granting founding members a second year free, to make up for the less-than-stellar early experiences.”

MORE STAGE AT STAGE WEST: Last year, Stage West acquired some of the space next to its headquarters to use for rehearsals and office space. But, this being a theater company, it’s finding it tough to resist the temptation to turn that into a second venue. David Rintels’ Clarence Darrow will break the space in beginning April 7. And, as Lawson Taitte reports on, it’s appropriate that the show will star the theater’s founder, Jerry Russell.

A NEW HIRE: Congratulations to Rob Teeters, who’s been named the new artistic director of The Power Station. Teeters has been a member of the gallery’s advisory board and is the founder of Front Desk Apparatus, a New York project space. Front Desk Apparatus has also designed project catalogs for previous Power Station shows by Matias Faldbakken, Virginia Overton and Jacob Kassay.