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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 3 Apr 2013 7:10 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing ‘Wit’ in Arlington, previewing Fort Worth Opera Festival and the importance of developing new plays.


REVIEWING ‘WIT’: In Wit, a famous professor reassess her life from her hospital bed after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The show is currently on stage at Theatre Arlington. And while it may sound almost too heavy to take, it’s anything but. “Wit is such a powerful piece that, if you like your theater with some meat on its bones, you definitely want to experience this highly emotional journey to the end of a life that is spiced with flashes of insight and understanding, and even some humor,” Punch Shaw writes on Of course, the play offers a meaty role for its lead actress. “While Krista Scott’s performance as Vivian Bearing began with a few slight hesitancies on Saturday, she swiftly took command of the role, with a precise body language that let us experience her transformation from tightly-controlled scholar to childlike soul,” Jan Farrington writes on And M. Lance Lusk writes on Front Row that the show is indicative of Theatre Arlington’s overall commitment to important work. Catch Wit through April 14.

GOING NATIVE: When the Fort Worth Opera Festival begins later this month, operagoers will have the opportunity to take in a performance that’s actually in English. Of course, it makes sense that Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied would be performed in English – it concerns the longest-held P.O.W. of the Vietnam War. It’s Cipullo’s first opera, and CBS11 offers a video preview.

QUOTABLE: “I think it’s very, very important, that for the American theater to be sustainable that we start providing resources to writers. A place where they can develop their work, a place where they can have their work produced. I think at the very least, if we’re not going to produce them, or if we’re not going to commission them, if we’re not going to develop their work, that we should, and by this I mean every major theater, should be aware of the writers that are out there, what they’re doing, who they are. So that we can exchange that information with each other and reach out to them.”

Lee Trull, in an interview with Front Row, about his new role as Dallas Theater Center’s new play development director.